Go all out to win your wards in coming LG poll, says Lagos PDP to members

June 28, 2021
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Lagos State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has mandated leaders and members to ensure they win the councillorship seats in their various wards, to ensure victory for the party in the forthcoming local government poll, even as it assured its candidates that funds which had been donated to support them get to them to accomplish their political aspirations.

PDP gave this mandate on Monday at the meeting the Executive Council (Exco) led by the State Chairman, Dr Adegbola Dominic; other leaders, including former Deputy Governor Kofoworola Bucknor- Akerele, among others, had with the party’s candidates for the chairmanship and councillorship positions in the 57 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) across the state.

Other leaders at the parley include Chief Taiwo Kuye, Bar. Osinowo, Muiz Dosumu, local government chairmen, among others.

The meeting afforded the opportunity to hold a prayer session for the candidates, even as the party called on members to prepare for the state congress which is scheduled to take place from August this year.

The party boss, Dominic, while giving the charge, said working for the victory of PDP in their various wards in the local government election, which holds in the next three weeks, was a demonstration of “the true test of leadership.”

Also speaking in the same vein, former Deputy Governor Bucknor-Akerele charged party members to ensure that they defend their votes during the forthcoming council poll, pointing out that nobody was coming to do it for except themselves, even as he noted that Nigerians were no longer pleased with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

“People no longer want the All Progressives Congress (APC). If you don’t defend your ballot boxes, you will not get the correct result. Wait to ensure that nobody steals your victory,” she said.

Speaking on leadership change in the state chapter of the party, Dominic said PDP in Lagos suffered severely for 20months during the crisis that led to a court case he filed against the former chairman, Engnr. Adedeji Doherty, at the end of which judgment was delivered in his favour last week by a Lagos High Court.

The party chieftain commended the judiciary for delivering what he described as a brilliant and iron-cast judgment in favour of logic, good reasoning and the requirement to ensure justice in the polity.

Dominic said that it was regrettable that the National Working Commitment (NWC) of PDP went against the court order to hold a special congress that produced Doherty, stressing that as a law-abiding citizen he was ready to obey any court verdict should Doherty and the NWC appeal the judgment of the lower court.

On the Alimoso Local Government issue, Dr Dominic said the determination of the party to establish the old order and proper attitude of party members in choosing their leaders was the reason that made him go to Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC’s) office a few days ago to get justice for aggrieved members in the area, who were shortchanged having won the primary election.

“The aggrieved members said that somebody wanted to stop them from conducting elections because he said that they were going to share positions in Alimosho after elections had been conducted, winners emerged, the police and LASIEC officers signed the result sheets. The names of those who won were substituted. I had to meet with the head of LASIEC, a retired judge, she promised to correct all the errors,” he said.

Dominic, therefore, assured leaders and members that he would do everything in the interest of the party to ensure peace and stability.

PDP scribe in the state, Muiz Dosumu, enjoined PDP candidates at the parley to inform others who were not at the meeting about the change of leadership and the need to recognise Dominic as the one who the court had given authority to lead the party.

According to him, “LASIEC and the police are aware that there is a new leadership led by Dr Adegbola Dominic. It is better you inform them not to allow anybody to mislead them. I am the secretary of the party and I am with Dr Dominic,” he said.

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