Abdulhakeem Abdullateef, a former Lagos State commissioner for home affairs, has parted ways with the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Popularly known as Iyepe, the former commissioner dumped the ruling party because of his governorship ambition in 2023, a speech on his Facebook page indicates.
Freelanews understands that prior to his defection, Abdullateef had publicly declared that he would throw hat into the rings in the 2023 general elections.
Coming on the slogan of Iyepe 2023, the former commissioner and APC chieftain said it is high time Awori indigene governed Lagos for the first time.
He also stated that he has the vast leadership experience and exposure which his ambition may require, adding that the people of Lagos are ready to support the son of the soil.
“I believe I will have the support of the people when the time comes. Right now, it is not about the campaign. This is a movement, when we get to that we shall cross the bridge.”
A seasoned politician with experience in Lagos governance, Abdullattef is also a former member of the Lagos State House of Assembly.
He has also served as the Amir-ul-Hajj of Lagos and special adviser on politics during the regime of the state’s former governor who is now the minister of works and housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola.