By: Okunade Adekunle
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has said that the Peoples Democratic Party will never win any local government in the coming council polls in Lagos State.
Tinubu, who said this at the APC Stakeholders meeting held at the State party secretariat at Acme, Ikeja, lamented the loss of some legislative seats to the PDP in the last 2015 general elections.
The National Leader said “2015 election was the greatest battle of our time. In the last election, we lost more than three LGAs to our opponents, which is very unusual.We have asked our leaders in those local governments to examine what went wrong and work together to chart a new course to ensure the APC wins back those councils.PDP cannot have any share in these council elections,”
He commended party faithful for their support to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode administration, saying that the governor never disappointed the party and the people.
Tinubu asserted “We are grateful to you the people for your great support during the 2015 election. We have continued to hold Lagos in spite of strong opposition. Ambode has not let us down; he is doing a fantastic job in an environment where we have the economic challenges. He is doing it and he is doing very very well.He has a very good team. He is doing a great job and we are very proud of that,”
He implored party leaders at the grassroots to shun bribery and favouritism, adding that quality leadership and merit should be upheld.
Tinubu added “Our leaders should be fair to the people at the grassroots; we cannot please all, but we can satisfy the majority. This politics is give and take, compromise.’’
He disclosed that the party will not use any of the current sole administrators in the forthcoming council poll.
Tinubu continued “To appease some people, we asked the government to allow the Executive Secretaries to take over after the tenure of last council chairmen expired, instead of civil servants.That was why executive secretaries were chosen to pave way for politicians.When the term expired, we used sole administrators, but before we used them, we warned them that `when the elective position comes, you are not entitled to contest’. We agreed that time, we cannot change it overnight; executive secretaries, however, can contest.”
Tinubu, however, said 19 former council chairmen, except for one of them who is late, who only served single terms, would be given another chance in the coming elections.
He urged the party leaders to give consideration to youths and women in the sharing of positions.
The party leader also urged Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State to increase security presence in Surulere area of the state to check violence.
He disclosed that his attention was drawn to some violence in the area, which gave cause for concern.
Tinubu concluded “I urge the people of Surulere to be patient and peaceful. We will all benefit from the party,”
Speaking earlier, Ambode urged all stakeholders to work together to ensure APC victory in all the 57 councils.
Ambode added “We are meeting on a very happy note. I am able to look back and say that that confidence you reposed in me to defeat the PDP candidate was not in vain.This coming local government election is all in your hands. My call to all members of our great party is to ensure that all the 57 councils are won by APC. We have begun a journey to make Lagos and Nigeria progressive’’.
In his remark, Chief Henry Ajomale, the State Chairman of Lagos APC, explained that the forum was organised to allow party faithful to interact with the leaders of the party. stressing that the meeting was aimed at moving the party forward ahead of the forthcoming council polls.