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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

2019: Lagos PDP announces preferred presidential aspirant

Atiku Abubakar
The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has  declared support for the presidential aspiration of Atiku Abubakar, a former Nigeria’s Vice President.

Making the announcement on Monday, Prince Muiz Dosunmu, PDP Secretary in Lagos, explained that the state’s delegates were satisfied with the objectives of Atiku.

Dosunmu who spoke on behalf of the state executive during Atiku’s consultative meeting with stakeholders said: “Lagos PDP is set to follow a leader who knows the trenches. Your Excellency, Atiku Abubakar knows the pathway and we are ready to follow you.”

Also, a former minister and chieftain, Dr. Abimbola Ogunkelu, expressed confidence that Atiku had the capacity to lead the opposition party to victory in 2019.

“The PDP in Lagos State believes in Atiku and the large turn out here today is an open testament that Lagos PDP is for Atiku. We are for you here (in Lagos) and we strongly believe in your capacity to lead our great party to victory,” Ogunkelu said.

In his remarks, the only member of the PDP in Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Dipo Olorunrinu, stated that “Lagos PDP is here today and we are speaking with one voice that we shall stand with you on this journey.
“All my leaders have openly endorsed Your Excellency (Atiku) and the matter is already determined”.

Earlier, Atiku, who was at the state party secretariat in company of Director General of his presidential campaign organization, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, said that he was in Lagos State to solicit for support of PDP delegates in the state in his bid for the ticket of the party.

His words; “In 2003 I led the campaign of the PDP in the Southwest that made it possible for our party to win all but one state in the Southwest from the Alliance for Democracy.

“I promise you that if you give me that opportunity again, I will not only win the presidency for our party, but also all the states in the Southwest including Lagos. I did it before and I can do it again”.

The Waziri Adamawa lamented that the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government had made living difficult for a large number of Nigerians.

Assuring of massive job creation and redirecting the economy of Nigeria to prosperity, he said: “These (creating jobs and managing the economy) are things that I have done before and I am still well-wired to do them again”, he said.

Others on Atiku’s entourage were Senator Abdul Ningi and former ministers, Dubem Onyia and Godsday Orubebe.

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