The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in view of the hiccups bedevilling the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, has cautioned that in spite of the quagmire, the scheduled July 22nd council poll must not be postponed.
This major political rival jostling for the control of the 20 Local Government Areas(LGA) and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDA) asserts that irrespective of the crisis rocking the APC the poll must take place as earlier scheduled.
In retrospect, the consensus arrangement for a direct primary has been the reason for the fragmented peace in APC.
Both the aspirants for both councillorship and chairmanship posts and their supporters across the state, are enraged by the political maneuverings; incessant protests and allegations of imposition by the party leaders and also the party’s inability to roll out a final list of its candidates for the election.
The Lagos Chairman of the PDP , Otunba Segun Adewale aka Aeroland, who addressed journalists at the PDP secretariat Sogunle, Ikeja Lagos flanked by the secretary, Mr. Jide Ladeinde, confirmed the party’s readiness for the council election, stressing it is very obvious that the APC was not so ready.
According to Adewale, the APC should not be allowed to contest the election in a sane society, because they are yet to present their candidate list as no primary was held. He further alleges that the APC party have plans, to sit somewhere and write the result of the election in its own favour.
“When you look around the states, you see our posters, you see our banners, and our candidates are campaigning everywhere, we are ready.”
“We know they are not ready, but they are ready to rig the election. They just want to sit down somewhere and write the results and we are also planning how to counter that. We are very, very ready to win that election.”
“We are insisting on election, I hope they would not try it (postponement). We know they are yet to submit their names and I am sure they are not ready for the exercise. Ordinarily, in a sane society, they shouldn’t be allowed to participate in this election because this is a party that has refused to conduct their primaries. This is a party that is yet to have list of their candidates ready for an election that is coming around the corner. I hope they would not try it. They would not try to postpone it. I just hope so,” the PDP chairman said.
Speaking further, Otunba Adewale, who belongs to the Ali Modu Sheriff group, maintained that the PDP in Lagos remained united, saying no division existed in the fold.
He stressed that majority of those who defected to the Labour Party (LP) to contest on its platform were never totally for PDP, but were working for the ruling APC while they were in PDP.
“You see, the people that went to Labour Party, if you look at them from the beginning, 99 per cent of them were not part PDP. They were in PDP but working for APC. That is why I continue to say that in Lagos PDP there is no division.”
“The people that went were the same people that were working pari pasu with the APC from the beginning. So to us here, it is good riddance to bad rubbish,” he said.
Also speaking, the party secretary, Ladeinde assured that the Lagos PDP was quite ready for the forthcoming council election, saying, “We had collected and properly returned LASIEC forms for all the councillorship and chairmanship positions in Lagos State and are totally prepared for the election.”
“We are, therefore, not in any alliance or merger or any other form of association with any other political party be it Labour Party or Accord Party or by any other name for the purpose of the forthcoming election.”
“For the sake of clarity and emphasis, we hereby declare that the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State is not divided and neither is it in any untoward relationship with any other party. We are totally loyal to our great party and would never leave it for any other place irrespective of anything that happens at the national level,” he said.