ABEOKUTA—A strong indication has emerged that, former Speaker of House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole has moved his political structure from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the Labour Party, LP, in Ogun State.
The indication emerged following a closed-door meeting Bankole’s father, Chief Alani Suarau Bankole held with the leaders of the LP in the state last week at his Onikolobo residence, Abeokuta.
Present at the meeting were the state Chairman of the party, Olabode Simeon, the state Secretary, Sunday Oginni, the governorship candidate of the party, Abolaji Sunmola, his campaign Director-General, Abayomi Arabambi and other top leaders of the party in the state.
Vanguard reliably gathered that, the former Speaker who was denied the governorship ticket of the People’s Democratic Party has resolved to join either the Labour Party or the Social Democratic Party to protest his failure to get the ticket.
A source at the meeting told Vanguard that the former Speaker’s father threw his weight behind the governorship candidate of the Labour Party and promised to collapse his son’s political structure into the LP structure ahead of the election.
It was further gathered that, Bankole’s father had ordered the supporters of his son under the auspices of Dimeji Bankole Movement across the state to work for the Labour Party.
Bankole’s father was quoted to have given his blessings to the Labour Party governorship candidate who he was reported to have described as his son .
Confirming the meeting, the state Secretary of the party, Oginni, said the meeting with Bankole’s father was part of the consultation to notable leaders in the state.
Oginni said the endorsement of the LP’s governorship candidate was a boost to the party, saying, it would not disappoint Bankole’s supporters, as “Labour Party is set to accommodate all interest groups across party divides”.