- APC southwest vice chairman, Pastor Bankole Oluwajana, said defections under Goodluck Jonathan was because of corruption
- Oluwajana said defections under the Buhari's administration is merely political
- He added that he is sure the President Buhari will win the 2019 presidential election
The recent defections of politicians in All Progressives Congress (APC) is different from similar ones that occurred among politicians in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019, according to a claim by APC southwest chairman, Pastor Bankole Oluwajana.
Oluwajana who spoke to journalists in Lagos, blamed the defections under Jonathan on corruption in his administration.
He said: “I am more than hopeful that Buhari will be re-elected in February 2019. Going through the breadth and length of Nigeria, people that really matter appreciate what Buhari is doing for this country. They are not confused by the gale of defections blowing across the federation, especially from the APC to the PDP. The defection we experienced under the Goodluck Jonathan administration is different from the defection that is going on now.
“Under Jonathan, people were just fed up with the PDP. It was odious. You could not even say then you were a member of the PDP anywhere.
"The moment you identified yourself with the PDP, people would say you were a thief. In fact, they would laugh at you. That was the story then. There was a congregation of opinion that the PDP government was not good for Nigeria. But this time around, the defections we are experiencing has three categories.”
"First, a lot of these people won the election with Buhari’s credibility, the same way some people used the name of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo to win the election in 1999. In 1999, most elected officials in the South West did not win the election on their own merit. The moment you belong to Awolowo’s political lineage, you would win the election on a silver platter.
"This was similar to what happened in 2015. Because of the situation then, people preferred any person other than the PDP. Even the PDP chieftains that joined the APC then, more than half of them did not make it on their merit. Now, people know better. They know they cannot secure the APC nomination. Many of them have not gone to their constituencies for a long time. The only way they can try their luck is to change party because APC will not produce them again."
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that the minister of information, culture and tourism, Lai Mohammed, has said that the defection of the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, from the ruling All progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) did not come as a surprise for members of the party.
Mohammed said virtually no member of the ruling party was taken aback by the defection of the number three man in Nigeria to the opposition.
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