AGGRIEVED aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Lagos State, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, Deji Doherty, Ambassador Tokunbo Kamson and Mr. Babatunde Gbadamosi, yesterday in Lagos, at a meeting, resolved to close ranks and work with winner of the primaries, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, in the 2015 governorship election in Lagos State.
The parley was chaired by Vice-President Namadi Sambo.
Recall that Senator Obanikoro had gone to court to compel the PDP leadership to cancel the primaries.
Obanikoro’s insistence was based on a discrepancy between the delegates and number of votes cast at the primaries that saw Mr. Agbaje emerging as the party’s candidate.
PDP’ ‘ll defeat APC in Lagos —Sambo
The vice-president expressed confidence that the PDP would defeat the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos State in the 2015 general elections.
Sambo said: “President Goodluck Jonathan has sent me specially to thank you people in Lagos for the continuous effort in keeping the PDP as one in Lagos. I am delighted to know that we are more than ever before united to form a common front in realising our objective of not only capturing Lagos, but winning all seats at all levels in the forthcoming 2015 elections. The Lagos State PDP and indeed Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, Engineer Deji Doherty, Ambassador Tokunbo Kamson and Mr Babatunde Gbadamosi who were our governorship aspirants have agreed to team up together and work to win Lagos this time around in 2015.”
Speaking further, the Vice-President said “Mr Jimi Agbaje, our governorship candidate has signified interest all along to work with our party members to deliver Lagos State. He is indeed humble to know the enormity of the task in delivering Lagos State and therefore appeals for total support by putting all hands on deck to realise the challenge that lies ahead of us. I will continue to pray that our party succeeds in this endeavour.
“Lagos has for years been yearning for change from the burden of excessive taxation and squander, you all know about. The huge resources accruing to the state are used to the detriment of the good people of Lagos state. We are posed more than ever before to rescue Lagosians from the bondage and sufferings of taking back with the left hand and then, taking it away by the right hand.
“This cannot continue, the time for PDP to take over Lagos State has come. The PDP is confident that it will win Lagos State, its presidential and governorship elections and all other elections across Lagos State. The party has ensured the strict observance of democratic principles as all our candidates have emerged through a fair and democratic process.”
I’ll back Agbaje—Obanikoro
According to him, “despite the inadequacies experienced in our governorship primaries a lot has been said, we have disagreed but we have agreed that Jimi Agbaje is our candidate. I want to express my appreciation to my supporters that stood by us. There is time for everything and that is why I want to implore all of you that yesterday belonged to yesterday. My passion for Lagos State is known to all of you and that passion will trigger a level of sacrifice that will ensure victory.
We shall deliver Lagos State to the PDP—Agbaje
On his part, Agbaje commended the other aspirants for supporting him just as he expressed optimism that the PDP would deliver Lagos State, saying “during the meeting that ended, we agreed that we would all sleep better and by us sleeping better, it means that some people will not sleep well.”
He however, said the peace parley initiated by the president had made the party in state stronger, stressing “through the intervention of the President and the Vice president, our party, the PDP in Lagos State is made strong.”