Alhaja Salmot Badru, the former Deputy Governor of Ogun State during Gbenga Daniel’s administration has defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress.
Badru led some stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party and some members of the opposition parties to join APC.
The former Deputy Governor and others, under the auspices of Gateway Movement, at an elaborate meeting held in Abeokuta on Tuesday, declared their support for the administration of Governor Dapo Abiodun.
The defectors were received by the caretaker Chairman of APC in Ogun state, Chief Yemi Sanusi, alongside the Secretary of the caretaker committee, Ayobami Olubori.
They stated that the party is at the point of repositioning itself and the party will welcome all new members especially those who worked for its victory during the election.
Badru while speaking after defection stated that the future of Ogun State is in capable hands under the ruling of Governor Abiodun.
She added that the new APC members are ready to work with the Governor to actualise his plan for the state.
The SSA to the Governor on Political Affairs, Tunji Egbetokun, in his reaction charged the new members to trust the Ogun Governor as he tries to restructure the state.
He further noted that the condition under which governor Abiodun was working now “is quite peculiar having succeeded what he called a hostile predecessor”.
Egbetokun pleaded with the new member of the party for patience and understanding, promising that the government will not take the support of the group for granted.
Other leaders of the movement present at the declaration include former Director-General, Ladi Adebutu Democratic Organization, Hon. Waliu Taiwo; former Member, Peoples Democratic Party Board of Trustee, Chief Mrs. Iyabode Apampa; former State Deputy Chairman of PDP, High Chief Ibukun Ojosipe; former National Executive Council member of the PDP, Alh. Bisiriyu Popoola amongst many others.
It was not clear whether or not his Deputy, Badru obeyed the directive as she was said to have met Akinlade behind-closed-doors on the eve of the election.