The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Lagos State has boasted that it now has better chances of winning the election in the State because it has overcome some of the challenges it faced before which weakened it.
In view of this, those rumours that Lagos State chapter of PDP might go into the next governorship election scheduled to hold in March disunited has been dismissed, as former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Chief Olabode George, the party’s standard bearer, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, and other leaders have resolved to shelve their differences and work towards defeating ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
One of the major edges APC has had over PDP in previous governorship elections is the infighting among the leadership of the opposition. But this time, George, Agbaje, former Minister of Works, Prince Adeseye Ogunlewe, and others have resolved to work as a team ahead of the next election.
PDP leaders are also hoping to take advantage of the current crisis in Lagos APC, especially the controversial manner in which the incumbent governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, was denied a second time ticket in favour of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who is the anointed candidate of the national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
While speaking during a meeting held at the Ikoyi office of the former deputy national chairman last week, George said, “I want to make it absolutely clear that this assembly is about the strengthening of peace and the deepening of amity in Lagos PDP. We are here to discountenance the deliberate misinformation running riot out there. Contrary to the misleading opinion in some sections of the media, our party is not disrupted by any infighting. We are woven in a united vision, summed up in a thoughtful unanimity of purpose. “We are emboldened by a well-articulated truth and summative defining purpose and shared beliefs.”
George insisted that Lagos PDP remains one and indivisible family, stressing that there was no rancor in their midst, adding, “There is no bitterness or hatred. We are no longer contesting anything with ourselves. Jimmy Agbaje is our unifying gubernatorial candidate. We support him wholeheartedly and with total commitment.” He added that the next governorship contest is now against the monstrous, dictatorial, and reckless godfatherism that has held Lagos hostage for the past 20 years.”
George also condemned the violence that rocked APC inaugural campaign just as he expressed sympathy with some journalists who sustained injuries during the fracas, saying, “We can’t continue with this madness. We need a real, progressive, fundamental change.”
In a related development, Agbaje promised that his government would ensure the development and wellbeing of all citizens if elected. Addressing his supporters at town hall meetings held across Oshodi-Isolo on Wednesday, he said the next election provides the best opportunity for the people to displace APC.
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