Babajide Obanikoro, son of former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, on Friday dumped the Peoples Democratic Party for the All Progressives Congress.
Obanikoro, who contested for chairmanship position of Ikoyi/Obalende Local Council Development Area on two occasions on the PDP platform but lost, joined the APC at Ward C in his Ikoyi constituency on Friday.
He was welcomed into APC by members led by the Ward Chairman, Mr. Suleiman Yusuf, and former Commissioner for Finance in the state, Mr. Wale Edun.
His reason for defection is to be closer to the people and to contribute his quota to the constituency.
He regretted that he had once had some differences with the APC as a result of his membership of the PDP.
“I thank you for the warm reception and I assure you that I will do my best to take the party to greater heights.
“Also, I will do my best to ensure that I carry everyone along and we further build the party together in this area,’’ he said.
“I respect the decision of those who were still in the PDP in the area, but advise them to join the APC”, he added.
He said his defection meant Ikoyi/Obalende was now for APC, as he was joining with his teeming supporters.
Reacting, Yusuf, the Ward chairman, said the APC was glad to have Obanikoro in its fold.
“There is no doubt that the politician would add value to his new party, since he comes from a renowned political family,” Yusuf said.