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The Real Reason I Returned To The APC, Says Kayode Salako

Aug 14, 2023 | Politics | 0 comments

Former Lagos State Labour Party Leader Olukayode Ezekiel Salako justified his comeback to the All Progressives Congress.

Salako told a news channel Saturday that he returned to politics.

Understandably, I don’t enjoy party-hopping. Salako added, “I have been in politics since 1998, about the time this present democratic political regime began, and I have always supported the progressive political system in the nation.”

“I began as an Alliance for Democracy (AD) guy. Action Congress, formed by President Bola Tinubu, then Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).

I had a stint of operation with former President Muhammadu Buhari’s Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) for about few months on the invitation of one of the party’s leaders, Veteran Olawale Okuniyi, in 2013/2014, until President Bola Tinubu of ACN, Atiku Abubakar of PDP, and Buhari of CPC formed the current ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the country.

“So, I had been a member of APC from the first month it was created in 2014 until 2022, when I chose to try my luck with the Labour Party—after 24 years of actively working with the progressive political family in Nigeria.

I quit the All Progressives Congress in 2022 because I wasn’t fulfilled there.

“The Tinubu political system, in which I had been a dedicated and persistent player, never granted me a job or engaged me effectively with any rewarding appointment to work like many others I knew had it.

“The system did not recognise my long-term management. I felt unlucky working for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

“When Labour Party invited me to grow the party in Lagos State as one of the key players in politics in 2022, I thought about it, consulted physically and spiritually, and received the conviction to accept.

“I got to the party with the wherewithal of astute and rich operational experience I gathered as an actor from Tinubu’s school of politics; its leaders and prominent stakeholders warmly received me until the so-called OBIDIENT people in the party started assaulting me and accusing me of all sorts as the State Chairman of the party, because, according to them, my Nollywood actor wife, Foluke Daramola-Salako, was working on the side of the presidential election pro.

“They never believed my sincerity on the Peter Obi Presidential election project during the duration. Therefore, I was forced to leave the office at gunpoint, exactly 30 days before Nigeria’s February 25, 2023, general elections. To appease me, they gave me another higher post. The Special Advisor to the Nigerian Labour Party National Chairperson on Lagos State Labour Party matters, and Liaison activities convinced me.

That position made me the state party leader. I distrusted this position until the state gubernatorial election.

“On this account, I wouldn’t have ever left APC for any reason if I had found fulfilment for the long period of the number of years I spent on that side of the political divide, and maybe I might continue to stay with Labour Party, if I had been trusted, ideally motivated, and treated well enough as the state party leader.

“I am back in my old party, the All Progressives Congress, to resume politics. God will guide me in my political life if I don’t find contentment in a few years.

“However, I am not the only one quitting his party to another. Senator Opeyemi Bamidele leads the 10th Senate. He joined the Labour Party in Ekiti State after leaving APC.

“Like me, he quit the party to return to APC. Our party, the All Progressives Congress in Nigeria, makes him Senate leader.

In Nigerian politics, there are many instances of those who abandoned the Asiwaju Bola Tinubu system or their parties.

In conclusion, I do not switch political parties. If I had found satisfaction in APC in 2014 and since 1998, I would not have gone to try my luck in Labour Party.

“If Labour Party had trusted me and treated me well enough that I wasn’t a Tinubu/APC mole in their system, I may still be here to run my politics.

I’m a seasoned politician. It raised me. After 24 years in politics, my knowledge should be deep. I value my worth and social integrity.

“If you are a labourer and doing your best for the area’s progress, but you realise that your best is not being properly acknowledged and cherished with appropriate respect and dignity of treatment, there is nothing wrong with retracing your origins to reconnect with it.

“I left APC in 2022 because I felt unlucky in the political system, not because I was bored with the party. I’m back at the party, and I hope luck will recognise my earnest efforts this time.

If I’m finding my purpose and satisfaction in the party I joined freely the first month it was created and helped expand, why would I leave?

From 1998, I supported Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s political system/school of progressive politics. I left in 2022 to try my luck with Labour Party.

“Yes! Labour Party highly blessed me with fantastic appointments and office positions. Still, the party and its operationally weird OBIDIENT individuals could not believe I was not a Tinubu/APC mole in their system. So, I was bullied.

I returned to my origins after being removed as Lagos State party leader.

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