The first sign of crisis in the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC emerged on Thursday after the state’s immediate past commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr. Abdulhakeem Abdullateef unceremoniously quit the ruling party.
Dr. Adbullateef who has declared his intention to vie in the 2023 governorship race said he was quitting because of the opposition to his aspiration by some leaders of the party.
Dr. Abdullateef has also been pointed out as the beacon for some in the Muslim community who want a Muslim to take over from Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who is a Christian.
Abdullateef, served as a commissioner in the Akinwunmi Ambode administration and was until recently the special adviser to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Islamic Affairs.
Sources say that he was sacked by Speaker Mudashiru Obasa following the launch of his governorship aspiration earlier in the week.
Affirming his decision to leave the APC, he said:
“This movement has been rejected by some close leaders I respect. I have, therefore, decided to leave the party in order not to create disunity within the party. Please do not persecute or victimise my followers who have chosen to stay in APC,” he said.
He, however, affirmed that some of his followers were remaining in the party.
“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 added.