Posted by Editor | 22 January 2022, 02:29am | 308
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Iyorchia Ayu, on Friday, vowed that the party would rescue Nigeria and Lagos State from the throes of bad governance of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said this in Lagos on Friday while welcoming the convener of the Lagos4Lagos Movement, who is a chieftain of APC, Olajide Adediran aka JANDOR, into the PDP fold.
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde who also spoke in the same vein, told reporters shortly after the event, that the outing signalled the beginning of a new dawn for the PDP in Lagos State.
The event which took place at Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, also paraded Bukola Saraki and five other governors on the platform of the PDP.
The governors included: Makinde; Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike; Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel; Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu; Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and that of Bayelsa, Duoye Diri.
Others in attendance included members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP, including the Deputy National Chairman, Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja and the National Secretary, Samuel Anyawu, as well as former PDP Deputy National Chairman, Chief Olabode George; former Governors Peter Obi and Olusegun Mimiko.
Ayu, maintained that the party would restore Nigeria’s glory come 2023 and that Lagos would also be rescued from the throes of bad governance, adding that the APC deceived Lagosians and Nigerians with the promise of change, but residents and the entire country have not been happy because they were not enjoying the change.
Ayu said: “PDP loves Lagos. We love Nigerians. We want Lagos to return to Lagosians and we want Nigeria to belong to Nigerians.
“Today, I know you are not happy. You are not happy that you gave your lives to people who deceived you about change. Are you enjoying the change now? How much is a bag of rice today?
“Today, we are happy to join Lagosians to welcome Abdulazeez Olajide Adediran to the PDP so that together, we can rescue Lagos State and rescue Nigeria from the throes of economic hardship.”
On his part, Makinde, said the South-West PDP was now fully ready to lead the charge to rescue the zone and the country from the hands of APC, which promised too much but did so little to justify the trust Nigerians had in it.
“Today, I joined my brother governors in the PDP and other well-meaning members of our great party to welcome Mr. Jide Adediran of the Lagos4Lagos Movement to the PDP.
“Indeed, it is the dawn of a new era and our great party has shown through many ways, that it is ready to rescue the South-West and Nigeria from the maladministration of bad governance of the APC. The South-West, as I have always said, is strategic to Nigeria’s politics and we will definitely lead the charge to rescue Nigeria from the front.”
Ikpeazu, who spoke on behalf of the PDP Governors’ Forum Chairman, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and Wike, welcomed Adediran and his team to the PDP.
Ikpeazu maintained that Adediran had joined a bus that will not stop until it got to Aso Rock in 2023, charging him to join hands with existing members of the PDP in Lagos State to rescue the state and Nigeria.
In his response shortly after being presented with the PDP membership card by the chairman of the party in Ojo Local Government and the chairman of the Lagos State PDP Caretaker Committee, Engr. Julius Akinsola, Adediran said he and his followers were joining the PDP to add value to the party.
Adediran stated that he drew inspiration from Makinde, who took on a task that seemed unachievable and came out victorious in the 2019 governorship election in Oyo State.
He noted that he and his followers would put their numerical strength to test in Lagos.
“We once belonged to a party that was not ready for a contest. But we have now moved to the PDP, party that believes in the rule of law and in this party, we will put our numerical strength to test against the APC.”