2023: It’s time to deliver Lagos from autocratic reign, Jandor says
• Eyes PDP Guber ticket
• Bode George canvasses unity
The Convener, Lagos4Lagos movement, Abudul Azeez Olajide Adediran, popularly known as Jandor, has stated that it is time to take power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State so as to set the state on the path of progress.
Jandor, who spoke during his visit to the former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode George at his residence in Ikoyi, expressed optimism that he would win the Lagos State election in 2023 if the PDP gives him the ticket.
Jandor said his group, when combined with the PDP, has the numerical strength to win in 2023.
On what he would do if he doesn’t get the governorship ticket, Jandor said he would work with whoever wins.
Jandor, who will be officially admitted into the PDP with his group at a ceremony to be held in Tafawa Balewa Square on January 11, 2022, maintained that Lagos4Lagos is in PDP to win and will win convincingly in 2023.
“I don’t want to be a governor that needs second level approval to function. No going back to the APC. If I have the ticket for PDP, I’ll win. If I don’t win the party ticket, I’ll support whoever wins.
“We have always challenged the status quo. Many people are suffering and smiling in APC, but they are afraid to opt-out. My decision to join PDP was well thought of because PDP has a structure, and it is the only party with a structure that can displace the ruling party.
“I’m pleased to join PDP simply because one person can’t just make a decision that binds on all the party members. I have since put a call to the two governorship aspirants of PDP, I told them Akanji has come, and they are all welcome.”
Chief George during the visit admonished the PDP members to embrace the Lagos4Lagos group, adding that the more members, the merrier.
He said no one should feel threatened, that the umbrella is big enough to give everyone effective protection and salvaging refuge.
“Here in Lagos, our party, the PDP is welcoming a new infusion of massive decampees from the crumbling APC, led by Mr Abdul Azeez Olajide Adediran, called Jandor.
“We welcome Mr Adediran and his followers who have decided to abandon the sinking and the blighted ship of the APC for a renewed, energised, invigorated, forward-looking PDP.
“Let it be known by all and sundry that the strength of all political parties resides precisely in their population. The more, the merrier. A good political party doesn’t turn people away. It embraces everyone who can contribute to the progress of the party.
“For those of us who are already in Lagos PDP, let us welcome the new entrants with a warm, open embrace. They are coming to add value to our party.
“We know who the enemy is. We know those who are despoiling the riches of our state. We know the man who is carting away N9 billion every 30 days from our collective coffers.
“There is no need for unnecessary enmity. There is no need to feel threatened about our new members. We must work together to achieve victory. Everyone will be given a level playing ground to achieve their aspirations. Politics is always a game of numbers.”
He added that democracy is about the people’s will, voice and collective participation in the guidance of the state, adding that it is never about a privileged few determining the fate of the nation in some secret conclave. “It is always about open, equitable involvement in governance.”
George stated that the nation would be on the right path of redemption and genuine harmony when power truly resides in the people.
“That is now our national challenge to a better, more peaceful and progressive nation. It is our road to liberation from the scourge of bandits, the rampage of terrorists, the savagery of sundry criminals and the recklessness of bullion van pseudo democrats.
“This may be our last opportunity to rebuild a genuine, fair and just nation that generations yet unborn will be proud of,” he said.