The Conference of Registered and Deregistered Political Parties (CPP) in Lagos State has endorsed PDP Governorship Candidate, Dr Abdul-Azeez Adediran (Jandor) ahead of the 2023 general elections..
Speaking, Dr Akin Badmus, the Chairman of the CPP said that the endorsement became imperative following the dearth of dividends of democracy in the state and the need to unite with the main opposition party to unseat the ruling APC.
Badmus, also the Lagos State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), said that the co-political group, spread across the 20 local governments and 37 local council development areas, had resolved to throw their weights behind Adediran and PDP Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Badmus said: “Looking at the robust economy of Lagos State with highest internally generated revenue in Nigeria, the dividend of democracy in Lagos is nothing to write about to compare to her robust economy, population and revenue.
“It is a fact that cost of living in Lagos is very high with revenue that does not reflect in the development of Lagos State,” he said.
He said that decision for adopting Adediran was based on his determination to rectify and eradicate the hardship being inflicted on Lagos residents.
He alleged that the unchecked excesses of motor touts in the sate had added to the plights and suffering of the residents, which the CPP believed Adediran would curb if supported and elected.
Badmus said that the endorsement was also based on their belief that Adediran would revive dilapidated infrastructure and commence new one in the state if elected.
He said: “This is the time PDP is taking over, APC is no longer the choice of Lagos residents.
“We believe in the candidacy of Jandor who has been going all round Lagos, visiting ail the 245 wards for his electioneering campaign, a feat that has never been done by any politician in the history of Lagos.
“That is an evidence of a governorship candidate that truly want to govern the people and make Lagos work.
“So today, the entire 30 political parties comprises both registered and de-registered, and as such, direct all our followers to begin massive campaign for the PDP in Lagos State.
”In his response, Adediran, expressed appreciation for the confidence reposed in him and the party with his aspiration.
“Coming here in the opposition camp, shows that you truly mean business and you want to be part of the liberation of Lagos.
“Wholeheartedly, we want to welcome you, embrace you and from today onward, we have considered you as crucial part of this struggle and together we are going to birth that breath of fresh air in Lagos.”
Adediran said that his campaign tour had visited about 98 wards of the 245 wards in the state.in the last one month, saying that his grassroots engagements had revealed to him the plights of residents and infrastructure decay.
He said that his campaign strategy had shown that his team believed in hardwork and that only hardwork would get the party what it wanted.
He urged the CPP to join hands with his team to go out and connect with the voters and engage them at the grassroots.
Also, Mr Niyi Adams, Head, Campaign and Strategies, Jandor/Funke Campaign Organisation, who appreciated the move by the CPP described it as a pathway to free the state from those who held it captive.
The endorsement had in attendance representatives of Action People’s Party (APP), Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) Justice Must Prevail Party, People’s Trust Party, Fresh Democratic Party, Save Nigeria Congress and National Unity Party.
Others were National Democratic Party, National Interest Party, Communist Party of Nigeria, Rebuild Nigeria Party, Movement of the People among others.