- Former member of the House of Reps, Rita Orji, has charged the Lagos PDP to take over the state from the APC
- Orji disclosed this during a get-together she organised for the members of the party
- The ex-lawmaker noted that the party would no longer play a second fiddle in the politics of the state
A former member who represented Ajeromi/Ifelodun federal constituency at the House of Representatives, Hon Rita Orji, has commended Governor Seyi Makinde’s steering leadership.
Legit.ng reports that the lawmaker made the commendation when he hosted members of Lagos state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), stressing that the time has come for the main opposition party to free Lagos state from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The gathering which had in attendance, chairmen of the 20 local government areas of the Lagos state, youth leaders, women leaders, state executives and the southwest zonal leaders of the party, gave members of the party an opportunity to receive a charge on how to win Lagos in 2023.
Orji in her remark said that the time has come for all hands to be a deck, stressing that the party had always won elections in the state but regretted that anti-party activities of some leaders had robbed the party of victory.
She said that the party would no longer tolerate leaders, who are there for their pockets, pointing out that the time had come for leaders who were not interested in making sacrifices for the party to retire or be forced out of the party.
While commending Governor Makinde, who according to Orji, made PDP to be relevant in the southwest region, said, saying the governor is the face of the party in the southwest.
"I have decided to bring our members together to celebrate the governor who is the only governor we have in the region. Makinde has opened the door for us in the region and hopefully, we will get Lagos State in 2023 because of his achievements."
"The governor has done so much for Oyo state and the region in general. Today is also an opportunity for us to unveil Makinde’s two years in office. In commemoration, we have palliatives for all the LGAs as well as my constituency."
“Makinde has completed a lot of projects but time will not permit me to mention them. He has become a shining example for other governors because some are already taking cues from him. He has done well in less than two years. We want to also use this opportunity to thank the Lagos State members who went with us to a successful congress in Oshogbo.”
The former lawmaker also charged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state to emulate Makinde who conducted a credible local council poll in state by ensuring that the state local government election scheduled for July is free and fair.
In his contributions, a chieftain of the party, Otunba Segun Adewale, popularly called Areoland, said that the emphasis would be for the party to win councilorship positions, saying that over the years the party has won chairmanship election but the ruling party never allowed the result to be announced.
“We are sure of winning forty percent of the councillorship positions in the forthcoming election. We are prepared for the election and we have candidates in the areas that we have strength. We believe that the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) under the leadership of Mrs Ayotunde Philips will deliver."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos, Jude Iwu, said that he is hopeful that the party's national vice chairman (southwest), Taofeek Arapaja, would move the party in the region to greater heights.
It was reported that the party chieftain said that the experience of Arapaja as a former deputy governor of Oyo state and Nigerian ex-ambassador to Jordan and Iran would be brought to bear in reshaping the party in the region.