Ahead of Saturday April 11 gubernatorial elections, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, on Wednesday said the party’s governorship candidate in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje,would easily defeat his rival, the All Progressives Congress (APC) standard-bearer Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, in the elections.
Mu’azu said this optimism was driven from the outcome of the presidential and National Election where PDP came very close to winning the presidential elections in the state.
According to Muazu, “Our supporters must not relent because Lagos is going the PDP way for the first time since 1999. It is going to be a desirable change because the pedigree of our candidate is formidable. This has obviously caused consternation in the APC as they continue to find a way of stopping the Agbaje success train in its tracks.”
According to Mu’azu in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Tony Amadi, “Unfortunately, the attempt to halt the Agbaje movement has hit the rocks. The key the PDP needs to win a historic victory in Lagos is for our supporters to turn out en mass and vote for our brilliant candidate, Agbaje. We must eschew voter-apathy because we are in the midst of a new dawn in Lagos.
“There are far too many reasons why Agbaje will take the majority votes in the elections. He is more articulate, more experienced and ready to give good governance to the people of Lagos. Agbaje is simply a man of the people. This apart, the APC is in a state of panic in Lagos and resorting to threats to force non indigenes to vote for Ambode.
“The furore generated by the Oba of Lagos when he chided Igbo leaders because the people voted against the APC is disheartening, especially coming from a highly revered traditional ruler who was a top police officer before he re tired. I am surprised that the new government-in-waiting kept mum at this blatant intimidation and rape of democracy by those who claim to be the sponsors of the Ambode for governor campaign.
“I do hope that the news emanating from the palace of the Oba of Lagos is not the APC way of showing us a shock preview of their style of government from May 29. The PDP has shown a heavy commitment to institutionalising democracy in Nigeria by encouraging Nigerians to vote according to their conscience in a free, fair and credible election.
“By conceding the presidency, the PDP have shown a capacity to allow democracy thrive in our country, but if the next ruling party cannot concede a state if they are beaten fair and square, then there must be something very, very wrong with the APC,” the statement stated.
Source: This Day