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PDP: Former Lagos Governorship Candidate, Resigns from party, drum support for Peter Obi

A former governorship candidate of the PDP Mr. Babatunde O. Gbadamosi has taken to social media to deum support for Peter Obi while also stating his resignation from the Peoples Democratic Party.

In his long piece that described his political journey, he made it known that 2023 election he’ll remain #Obidient

He said….

In 2008, I the People’s Democratic Party, at Ward A1, Ikorodu LGA, in Lagos State.

I was a loyal member of the party, contributing whatever I could, materially, intellectually and financially, to the growth and development of the party in Lagos State and throughout Nigeria, until I took an early retirement from partisan politics in 2017.

In my attempts to brush off the advances of a new political party in 2018, I inadvertently committed myself to running on their platform for Governor of Lagos State.

In that contest, I went head-to-head with the likes of my Uncle,Mr. Jimi Agbaje and the current governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu . I did all I could in that contest and in the end, gave a good account of myself, even as I did not win.

A few months later, after a lot of persuasion by staunch PDP loyalists like the late Niyi Aborishade, my good brother Segun Adewale and many respected leaders of the party, I made the decision to rejoin the PDP. It made sense to me at the time, considering that I had in fact ended my short-lived retirement with the Gubernatorial elections of 2019.

Shortly after I rejoined the party, the seat of the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District became vacant as a result of his untimely demise. I was drafted into the race to replace him by leaders of the party, and despite my initial reluctance, I did my best in that contest, despite the fact of having just contested a major election in the previous year.

We were handicapped by a glaring lack of support from the highest levels of the party, with only one out of 16 PDP governors identifying with us, barely 24 hours to the elections. As I had come to expect in the last week of the campaign, certain members of the party executive, at the behest of a man now known to be a double agent for Tinubu, turned against us on election Day and we did quite poorly.

I came to recognise that the problems of PDP run quite deep, and their tepid opposition to the inept, incompetent, corrupt and reckless APC government is in fact by design of some unscrupulous individuals populating the party leadership from top to bottom.

I had completely lost hope in Nigeria, especially in the youths, considering how the senatorial bye-elections went after the traumatic events of #EndSARS and the #LekkiTollGateMassacre of 20-10-20.

However, the exit of Mr. Peter Obi from the PDP and his subsequent emergence as the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, as well as his brilliant choice of Mallam Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed have rekindled that hope.

I am 54 years old, and never in my life have I been privileged to witness the kind of energy, vim, vigor, unity and tenacity of purpose being exhibited by youths of all ethnicities and religious backgrounds in Nigeria over a political camdidate.

Almost all youths who are not professional politicians or influencers-for-hire (many are) are, as is now the popular parlance, Obi-dient and Yus-ful – a creative play on the names of the Labour Party Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates.

There is extremely good reason for this frenzy, as Mr. Peter Obi had over the years, shown himself to be a creative, prudent and frugal administrator as well as a trustworthy custodian of public funds. His VP pick, the urbane Dr. Datti Baba-Ahmed, is an equally prudent, practical and PRINCIPLED politician, whose acquaintance I had the pleasure of making a few years back.

These two share a passion for education and knowledge, with Obi’s documented exploits in the education sector as Governor of Anambra State, and Baba-Ahmed’s direct investment in education as Pro-Chancellor of the highly respected Baze University, Abuja. Both share a disdain for graft and believe in exterminating contract padding – the bane of Nigeria.

I find myself left with no choice, when faced with the alternatives, but to publicly throw in my lot with these two fine gentlemen, especially considering that another good Uncle of mine, Dr. Doyin Okupe is one of the navigators of their journey and had invited me very much earlier.

I hereby publicly declare my resignation from the PDP and wish all the remaining members well. By the same token, I also hereby publicly declare my support for the Labour Party and all its Presidential Candidate, Mr. Peter Obi.

I remain Obidiently and Yus-fully,

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