A former Commissioner for Home Affairs in Lagos State, Dr Abdulhakeem Abdulateef, has dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Dr Abdulateef recently declared his intention to contest the Governorship with the launch of IYEPE 2023 movement.
The launch of the movement, according to him, was borne out of his belief that the Nigerian Constitution allows freedom of expression and the rights of all Citizens to participate in bringing about the needed transformation in all sectors of the economy.
However, in a message to mark Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary, Dr Abdulateef, popularly called ‘Honourable Iyepe,’ said the movement had been rejected by some close leaders he respects.
“I have therefore decided to leave the party in order not to create disunity within the party,” he said.
“I leave them all in the care of the Lord. I am more concerned about paradise and I am not afraid of death. I will continue to preach the word of God and invite all Nigerians regardless of their religions, colour and race to be determined to be different. WE CANNOT CONTINUE THIS WAY,” he declared.
The former Commissioner thanked the National Leader of APC, Bola Tinubu, for giving him the necessary support in his political career, describing him as “a great leader who fought tenaciously for democracy.”
“To all other leaders of our party too numerous to mention , may the good Lord continue to be with you.
“I thank all past governors I worked with and apologise to those I may have offended while switching support due to party loyalty.
“I appreciate the current governor Babajide Sanwoolu who is really working hard to make Lagos state better. I urge all Lagosians to join hands with the governor to move Lagos to a greater height.
“The speaker of the House of ASSEMBLY is a personal friend and brother who has been very generous to me. Rt Hon Mudashiru Obasa, may the Lord continue to bless you. I appreciate your support and we shall remain brothers.
“To all other members of our party including my mentor Otunba Oladele Ajomale and the state Chairman of our party, Alhaji Tunde Balogun I pray that may our Lord continue to be with you,” he added.