Lagos lawmaker debunks defection rumour, says I’m loyal to PDP

By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos
A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Dipo Olorunrinu who is representing Amuwo Odofin I Constituency, has stated that he remains loyal to his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in spite of its internal crisis.
The lawmaker spoke with newsmen in Ikeja on Monday against the backdrop of reports that six of the eight PDP lawmakers in the House were moving to the APC, saying he was away from the country when the news of the planned defection broke.
He insisted that he had no cogent reason to leave the PDP for now, adding, “For every rumour, there is an iota of truth. We all represent different constituencies and we have different goals. I have not defected. I was shocked to hear the news on the media. If anybody should defect, he should be proud to say it.
“APC is not the only party in Nigeria. Nobody spoke to me about defecting or invited me to the APC,’’ he said.
The lawmaker said that being in government, he belonged to all the people in his constituency, including those in the APC, Labour Party or APGA.
Olorunrinu said that though he believed in accessibility, he owed the party that took him to the assembly loyalty.
According to him, the party has done its best for him because there were others people that could do it better before the party called him to represent the constituency.
The lawmaker reiterated his commitment to delivering service to his people.
The PDP sprang surprises in some areas of Lagos – an APC stronghold – in the 2015 general elections, winning eight of the 40 state assembly seats.
Last week, reports, however, indicated that six out of the eight PDP lawmakers in the assembly were set to defect to the ruling APC.
Some of the other PDP members have also denied the reports.
Other members of the PDP in the assembly include the Minority Leader, Mr Akeem Bello (Amuwo Odofin II); the Minority Whip, Mrs Mosunmola
Sangodara (Surulere II); Mr Victor Akande (Ojo I) and Mr Olusola Shokunle (Oshodi/Isolo I).
The rest are Mr Jude Idimogu (Oshodi/Isolo II), Mr Dayo Famakinwa (Ajeromi Ifelodun II) and Mr Oluwa Fatai (Ajeromi/Ifelodun I).

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