OrderPaperToday – Primary elections of political parties may have come and gone but some politicians are still nursing scares that might take a longer time to heal. The exercise in major political parties like the All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) led to some defections to the advantage of smaller political parties. Parties like Social Democratic Party (SPD), African Democratic Congress (ADC), Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) have now accommodated most aggrieved aspirants from the big parties.
In this exclusive interview with OrderPaperNG, Mr. Dolapo Lam-Adesina representing Ibadan North East/South East federal constituency of Oyo State explained why he left the APC. He fingered impunity and lack of internal democracy. Mr. Lam-Adesina was elected on the platform of the APC in 2015 but decamped to the ADC where he has now picked the ticket for the same position in next year’s general elections.
He described the circumstances that led to his exit as “a very dark period for democracy in my State, Oyo. Today people are jumping from one political party to another based on personal interest and some to secure ticket in different parties but in my case I left APC long before primaries were conducted so it is not a question of whether I was not going to get the party’s ticket. I was very very sure of getting a ticket but I decided I won’t be part of the impunity that was going on in my State as regards the APC. I am now a member of the ADC and I’m contesting to represent my people in the same constituency that I represent now. APC is a party with highest level of impunity, it is anti people and I would not want to run on that platform.”
Speaking on his performance and the expectations of the people he represent, the young politician said: “I believe I have tried my best and I hope to surpass my present performance if returned back to the house. If anything would be different it has to be better than what I did in the past, so, people should expect more vibrant representation, development of people in the grassroots, things would naturally get better.”
He expressed confidence about his victory in the general elections come 2019 but was quick to assert that victory belongs to God ultimately. “Nobody is sure of anything, only God decides. If it is about acceptability I’m sure my people would vote for me,” he said.
Recall that Mr. Lam-Adesina was amongst the four lawmakers whose defection was announced by Speaker Yakubu Dogara last week when the house of Representatives resumed from its two weeks recess.