The 2023 Governorship candidate of the Labour Party, Tawfiq Akinwale, has dumped the party for the All Progressives Congress in the state.
Akinwale in a statement made available to Vanguard on Sunday night, stated that his decision to join APC came after a thorough evaluation of the current political terrain, where it became obvious that LP’s leadership lacked the necessary vision, direction, and cohesion to bring about the much-needed transformation in the state and by extension Nigeria.
He however explained that he joined the APC because of the party’s promising programmes for the generality of Nigerians.
The statement read, “In the face of uncoordinated efforts and a lack of focus within the Labour Party, Tawfiq Tayo believes that aligning with the All Progressives Congress will provide the ideal platform to effectively address the challenges facing Oyo State as an opposition and to champion a progressive agenda for the betterment of its citizens.
“Throughout my campaign, I witnessed the earnest desire of the people of Oyo State for positive change and meaningful development It became increasingly apparent that such change could not be effectively achieved under the current leadership of the Labour Party in the State.
“Therefore, after careful consideration, I have decided to join the All Progressives Congress, a party that shares my commitment to progress, unity, and purposeful leadership.”
“The All Progressives Congress has consistently assured Nigerians of its dedication to good governance, socioeconomic development, and the empowerment of its citizens.
“With a solid track record of successful leaders who have implemented policies and initiatives at both the national and state levels, APC remains committed to uplifting the lives of ordinary Nigerians even in the face of the current yearnings of Nigerians which will soon be converted to laughter and joy.
“As a formidable political force, the APC will offer a unique opportunity for me to collaborate with like-minded individuals, passionate about Oyo State’s development, and to work towards achieving the aspirations and dreams of the people.”
He added that his decision to join the APC underscores his unwavering commitment to the betterment of the State and Nigeria.
“By becoming a member of the APC, I am taking a significant step towards ensuring the realisation of a prosperous, inclusive, and vibrant Oyo State that empowers its citizens and harnesses its full potential.
“In my new political home, I will continue to advocate for policies and programmes aimed at improving infrastructure, healthcare, education, agriculture, and job creation in Oyo State. With a renewed sense of purpose and determination.
“I am ready to contribute positively to the progress of the APC and Oyo State as a whole. My decision is not taken lightly and is rooted in the best interests of the people of Oyo State.
“I sincerely hope that all well-meaning citizens will join me in supporting this important step towards a brighter future for Oyo State.
“I am a visionary and dynamic leader who contested the March 2023 Governorship elections in Oyo State under the Labour Party.
“I am recognised for my unwavering commitment to progress, unity and development.
“I am now a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and remain dedicated to advancing the well-being of the people of Oyo State,” Tawfiq stated. stated.