The Ogun State chapter of the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday said it is
not bothered by the defection of former
Speaker of the House of Representatives,
Dimeji Bankole, to the Social Democratic
Party (SDP), saying the defection poses no
threat to the electoral fortune of the party in
the forthcoming elections.
PDP added that Bankole who boycotted the
governorship primaries conducted by the
party in the state no longer commands
electoral values that could ensure victory for
anybody or political party at the poll.

The state Chairman of the PDP, Bayo Dayo,
who made this known in Abeokuta, the state
capital, while fielding questions from
reporters during the inauguration of the
state’s 35-man Governorship Campaign
Committee at the party secretariat, dismissed
Bankole as a paper weight politician.
He said: “I always say the truth. I heard it
(Bankole’s defection) last night and I can tell
you as I have said earlier, it’s a free world,
everybody has the right to be associated with
any group that he wishes. But if that is done,
you will then know and the people in Abuja
will know who is on the ground.
“Bankole contested the position of House of
Representatives in one local government
when he was in office as the Speaker of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria and lost.
“Let him now contest in 20 local government
areas and let us see the outcome. I challenge
them to the fact that come February 14, you
will all see the result of whatever
arrangement that is going on.

“Some people, when they live in glass
houses, they will not know that there are
other people looking at them.
“Let him contest under any platform and
people in Abuja will know whether he is
actually on ground or not. That is all I have to
say. We cannot force everybody to stay in
PDP. Our prayer is that the more people that
are going out, more people that are more
than them should be coming to the party.
And with that, we are going to win the
election come February 14 by the grace of

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