In Lagos State, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, expressed optimism that it would defeat the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the 2023 general elections, adding that it is ready to free the state from the bondage of sole proprietorship.
Leaders of the party made the remarks during a UMBRELLA DAY walk from Fadeyi bus stop to the Maryland area of the state in preparation for the 2023 elections.
The party’s leaders have stated that they are prepared to hand over Lagos State to its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
The PDP members and leaders, including its governorship candidate, Dr. Abdul-Azeez Adediran, popularly known as Jandor, his running mate, Funke Akindele, a BoT member of the party, Mrs. Aduke Marina, Dr Bimbo Ogunkelu, former state chairman, Capt Tunji Shelle (retd), Philip Aivoje, Mr. Deji Doherty, and Tolagbe Animashaun, took part in the
A former spokesperson of the party, Mr. Taofik Gani, said: “It is time to cause the upset to defeat TInubu in Lagos. Incidentally, himself is contesting the presidency, so it makes us speculatively proud of winning him as a direct participant.”
Mr. Adedeji Doherty, Chairman of the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Council, PCC, and other state party chieftains led the walk.
Doherty told the crowd in Maryland that the umbrella walk was a symbol of unity and was intended to show the electorate that the party is fully prepared and united to give Nigerians hope if elected.
He said: “The umbrella is a symbol of unity to bring everybody together and every ethnic group in solidarity for Atiku/Okowa. It is to show the unity that we have in Lagos State and in Nigeria.
“It is also to tell the ruling party today that PDP is going to unite this country immediately we enter government in 2023.
“Our principal, Atiku Abubakar has promised to form a government of national unity once he is elected. Mr Peter Obi (of Labour Party), Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso (of New Nigerian Peoples Party), Sen. Bola Tinubu (of APC) and others must work with him.
“He is going to bring everybody together. Everybody is going to be part of his government. Once there is unity among us, then the rest is easy.
“Nigerians have tried PDP and tried APC and they can see the difference, let them give PDP another chance, we will correct our mistakes,” he said.
Also speaking, Capt.Tunji Shelle, Deputy Director, PCC Elections Management, described Abubakar as mentally stable, intelligent, articulate, and selfless, and expressed confidence that he would win the 2023 presidential election.
Mr. Tolagbe Animashaun, Lagos State Director of the Atiku/Okowa PCC, stated, “Nigeria is on the road to prosperity under our party.”
“We will go round the local governments, and move to the grassroots to promote our candidates. Everything will fall in place as soon as this one is over.”
In his remarks, the Lagos state Publicity Secretary of PDP, Mr. Hakeem Amode, said: “The PDP is coming to make Nigeria and Lagos State better. It is not going to be business as usual with all that we outlined for the people.”
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