La­gos PDP dis­misses en­dorse­ment of APC stan­dard­bearer, Sanwo-olu, by 45 par­ties

• Ag­baje will be a starter if elected, says Joe Ig­bokwe • Rul­ing party has plunged state into poverty, stag­na­tion, says AD can­di­date

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - By Seye Olu­mide

LA­GOS State Chap­ter of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) has dis­missed the en­dorse­ment of the stan­dard-bearer of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC), Mr. Baba­jide Sanwo-olu and his run­ning mate, Dr. Femi Hamzat, by 45 po­lit­i­cal par­ties in the state as their gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date for the 2019 elec­tion as mere pro­pa­ganda and demon­stra­tion of des­per­a­tion.

A state­ment yes­ter­day by the PDP Public­ity Sec­re­tary, Taofik Gani, said there was no con­crete proof that 45 po­lit­i­cal par­ties ac­tu­ally en­dorsed Sanwo-olu but a des­per­ate ef­forts by the lead­er­ship of the APC to project its can­di­date known to be a bad mar­ket for the elec­tion.

The party said even if the APC ‘buys’ po­lit­i­cal par­ties be­yond the reg­is­tered ones in the coun­try, its can­di­date would still not make any im­pact.

“The hur­ried and con­tro­ver­sial emer­gence of the APC can­di­date was an in­deli­ble po­lit­i­cal al­ba­tross. ‘In­deed, the emer­gence is tainted with des­per­a­tion to have some­one as gov­er­nor who will rather fund the APC leaders. Lagosians will not for­get that this is the La­gos APC rea­son for drop­ping Am­bode,” the state­ment said.

It fur­ther de­scribed San­woOlu as an emer­gency can­di­date who is not pre­pared for the job com­pared to the PDP can­di­date, Mr. Jimi Ag­baje, who’s blue­print to free La­gos had been since 2006.

Mean­while, state Public­ity Sec­re­tary of APC, Mr. Joe Ig­bokwe, said the PDP’S struc­ture in La­gos had com­pletely col­lapsed leav­ing only Ag­baje and erst­while Deputy Na­tional Chair­man of PDP, Chief Ola­bode Ge­orge, who never sees eye to eye.

Ig­bokwe also ap­pealed to the peo­ple of La­gos to vote Sanwo-olu on the premise that Ag­baje and PDP will not know where to start if elected.

He also im­plored non-in­di­genes, es­pe­cially the Igbo in La­gos, to sup­port APC.

How­ever, for­mer Com­mis­sioner for Works and gov­er­nor­ship as­pi­rant of the La­gos State Chap­ter of APC, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, has been for­mally pre­sented as the run­ning mate to Sanwo-olu for the 2019 elec­tions.

Hamzat was pre­sented by the party's state Chair­man, Mr. Tunde Ba­lo­gun, dur­ing a me­dia brief­ing in La­gos yes­ter­day.

In an­other de­vel­op­ment, gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date of Al­liance for Democ­racy (AD) for 2019 elec­tion, Mr. Owolabi Salis, has flayed the rul­ing APC for cre­at­ing poverty and mak­ing La­gos stag­nant in terms of growth and de­vel­op­ment based on his poor poli­cies.

Salis, who spoke on “Role of Govern­ment in Poverty Re­duc­tion in Nige­ria” at a pro­gramme or­gan­ised by Chris­tian Min­is­ters Wel­fare Ini­tia­tive in La­gos yes­ter­day, urged La­gos elec­torate to vote APC out of power for per­form­ing be­low ex­pec­ta­tion and not ca­pa­ble of driv­ing de­vel­op­ment in the state.

He also flayed the APC for poor in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment, es­pe­cially road net­work, which he de­scribed as abysmally poor in the last 20 years.

Newly-elected Pres­i­dent, Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal So­ci­ety of Nige­ria (PSN), Maxi Sam Ohubunwa ( left); Im­me­di­ate Past Pres­i­dent, Ahmed Ibrahim Yaka­sai; rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Oyo State Chief Judge, Jus­tice Aderonke Aderemi and Chief Regis­trar, Fa­tima Badrudeen, dur­ing the swearingin of Ohubunwa and other ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cers of the PSN in Ibadan, Oyo State… at the week­end.

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