- The PDP governors arrived Lagos state on Friday, to formally receive the Leader of the Lagos4Lagos Movement, Alhaji Abdulazeez Olajide Adediran, to the party
- Olajide Adediran, is a grassroots mobiliser, who is aspiring to succeed Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in 2023
- Meanwhile, the main opposition party had claimed that following this development, the party would not rest until it wins Lagos and the presidency
The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, governors elected on the platform of the party and other leaders, on Friday, January 21, welcomed the Leader of the Lagos4Lagos Movement, Alhaji Abdulazeez Olajide Adediran, to the party.
Also known as Jandor, Alhaji Adediran recently left the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC), for the PDP but the formal declaration had been postponed many times to enable the PDP governors to attend.
Indeed, all roads led to the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, yesterday, where PDP leaders formally received Jandor, a grassroots mobiliser, who is aspiring to succeed Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in 2023 and has been working on the project since 2015.
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At the colourful event, yesterday, were PDP National Chairman, Dr Iyorchia Ayu; former PDP Deputy National Chairman, Chief Olabode George; immediate past Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki; and former Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko.
PDP governors at the event included Governor Seyi Makinde (Oyo); Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu); Emmanuel Udom (Akwa Ibom); Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia); Nyesom Wike (Rivers); and Duoye Diri (Bayelsa).
The Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, could not make it because he lost his elder brother.
Governor Ikpeazu's position
Speaking at the ceremony, Governor Ikpeazu said there would be no rest until PDP wins Lagos and the Presidency.
According to him, with Jandor, the journey to Lagos House and changing Nigerian leadership from geriatric to a youthful one has started.
Governor Wike's position
Also, Wike, who spoke in pidgin English said with Adediran “some thing go happen for Lagos” (there will be changes in Lagos).
Dr Ayu's position
On his part, D’r Ayu said in 2023, Lagosians would be happy again when PDP gets to power.
“PDP loves Lagos. I know you (Lagosians) are not happy because you gave your lives to people who deceived you with change. No more slavery in Lagos. We are coming back next year to celebrate PDP governor in Lagos.” Jandor, a former APC stalwart and a leading aspirant in the party had announced his decision to join the PDP after a long battle with the APC on issues bordering on internal democracy and due process within the party.
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While officially joining PDP with thousands of his Lagos4Lagos Movement followers and members, he said the event has shown Lagosians that the PDP is ready to win the state.
He said he was happy to join PDP where he would be allowed to test his popularity, adding that yesterday’s ceremony has signalled "the burial of APC in Lagos.”
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Meanwhile, former vice president Atiku Abubakar lamented the challenges facing Nigeria. According to the former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the country has not had it so bad like this before.
Abubakar disclosed this at the ongoing 19th edition of the Daily Trust Dialogue, Daily Trust disclosed in a tweet.
The dialogue, organised by Media Trust Limited (publishers of Daily Trust and other titles), is being held at the NAF Conference Centre and Suites, Gwarinpa Expressway, near NEXT Shopping Mall, Kado, Abuja.
Governor Wike mentions names of persons stealing Nigeria's crude oil
In another report, Governor Nyesom Wike during a broadcast on Sunday, January 9, mentioned the names of 19 persons who are allegedly into oil bunkering in the state.
Among those who were indicted by the governor is Temple Amakiri, a director in the ministry of energy, for abetting bunkering activities.
Wike also called on the Rivers state head of service to petition Amakiri and hand him over to the police for investigation and prosecution.