Lagos 2015: Obanikoro, Agbaje, other PDP leaders support primaries

Lagos PDP Chairman, Tunji Shelle

The Lagos chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its leaders, said on Saturday that the party would not adopt candidates for the various positions including governorship in the 2015 elections.

The Lagos chairman of the party, Tunji Shelle, spoke against the backdrop of the party’s adoption of President Goodluck Jonathan as its sole candidate for the 2015 presidential poll.

Mr. Shelle told the News Agency of Nigeria on the sidelines of the South-West sensitisation rally of the party in Lagos that the President’s emergence as a consensus candidate was different from the situation in Lagos State.

“The President is going for a second term and the party decided to let him continue and finish the good job he is doing.

“In Lagos State it is different. The PDP is not the party in power; therefore, all aspirants must go for primaries as it is the tradition of the party.

“There is no preferred aspirant. The candidate that would emerge would be decided by the party delegates,” he said.

Mr. Shelle disclosed that there were nine contenders for the governorship position in the state and hundreds of other aspirants for the other positions.

Also speaking, Musiliu Obanikoro, the Minister of State for Defence and a chieftain of the party, restated the party’s stand that there would not be handpicking of candidates in the state for the elections.

“Jonathan emerged as a consensus candidate because of the need to continue with his transformation agenda. There will still be a national convention of the PDP to endorse him.

“Lagos PDP is known for its transparent democratic process and we will not allow that to die,” he said.

A governorship aspirant, Babatunde Gbadamosi, also said that if primaries were not held it would be contrary to what the party was known for.

“Fairness and fair play makes even a looser happy. Having free and fair primaries will remove rancour among aspirants and their supporters.

“Whoever emerges among us must be seen to have emerged fairly. The issue of Mr President emerging as our candidate is understandable based on his excellent job.’’

For Jimi Agbaje, another governorship aspirant, primaries would strengthen the confidence of members in the party’s leadership.

“Democracy cannot survive without a level playing ground,” Mr. Agbaje said.

The PDP aspirants from across the South-West were seen competing for attention at the rally.

Supporters adorning different attires of their aspirants had a field day dancing round Tafawa Balewa Square, venue of the rally, with banners displaying their preferred aspirants.

(NAN)


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  • Gbo_lee

    How can all these PDP thugs seriously think that Lagos will choose to dump the same APC that has made the state what it is today. PDP cannot and will not be allowed to destroy as they always do,the development the state has witnessed in 15 years under APC. From 99 to date,APC has turned Lagos in 15 years to one of the fastest growing and highly rated cities in the world. The question is in that same timespan,what has the PDP done to Nigeria federally??? Your guess is as good as mine

    • emmanuel

      .My friend go to Ondo, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Enugu etc and you would realise that Nigeria has moved on somehow since 1999 and not Lagos alone.

      • collins

        Pdp failed and wil continue to disappoint nigerians

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  • Ola Majekodunmi

    THE LAGOS BATTLE TO BE RID OF RAJI FASHOLA AND HIS TYPES…….

    Alhaji Raji Fashola – Lagos state’s most reckless governor – will be quitting office next year,
    but he will be leaving not less than three (3) billion dollars behind as Lagos state debts;
    after blowing away seven (7) billion dollars in federally allocated revenues since 2007,
    plus, another eleven [11] billion dollars Lagos state received in charges, taxes and levies,
    totaling 18 billion dollars, but with no justification to show for this amount on the ground,
    and without Raji Fashola ever transparently disclosing the state’s post-budget accounts
    to the people of Lagos state. Any means by which the rival PDP party can win and save Lagos
    from ACN/APC financial rape, theft and bankruptcy, is good and welcome.

    • Bolade Paul Animashaun

      I support the policy just announced by the Lagos state PDP –
      that, both Raji Fashola and Bola Tinubu shall be probed for thefts.
      That is how democracy should be, there must be accountability.
      The result of the probe should lead to detention and trial for thefts,
      and for the full recovery of all stolen funds from the Lagos treasury.
      Sentencing to long terms of Imprisonment under the law should follow.

  • Nwo Odoli

    The piece was six years too late

  • Stantheman

    I think it would be a bad precedent for Buhari to give Jonathan a “soft landing” if the latter is found guilty. The law should be no respecter of persons.

  • Collins Kelechi

    Did you benefit from Jonathan’s largesse and looted funds? Let all of them face the law..Corruption must be exterminated and all stolen funds returned.

    • nath

      Nobody civilised country would tolerate this degree of impunity . I don’t know why nigerians don’t want to face the law as they do in foreign country. Look at the fight against drug trafficking in Indonesia. Death sentence. Suggesting thay that some people should be spared from the law in my opinion, is uncivilised.

  • Eziokwu

    While I’m not in support of how Goodluck Jonathan ruled Nigeria, especially the manner he allowed every Tom, Dick and Harry to loot the national treasury under his administration, I will concede that President Buhari spares him the humiliation of public disgrace. If for nothing, but because of the way he conceded defeat after losing the election. To expose him to humiliation will make other Presidents in future not to concede defeat when they lose elections. We all know what this will result into – untold hardship and blood letting. He should just refund all that he stole and told to sin no more. But other officials who milked the nation dry should not only return their loots but should be jailed as well. This is good for the country.

  • Kitunde

    May be a suspended sentence, or a he can be tagged and put under curfew, if the former President is found guilty of stealing public funds. A message needs to be sent one way or the other that, no one is above the law.
    If we don’t put a stamp now-there will always be one extenuating argument or another to let off these criminals in public service.
    After all what is humiliation-compared to Thousands of kids, brothers ,Sisters Pensioners that have been sent to early graves because of these thieving cabals.

  • Sanmi Falae

    Madam, justice, especially for the sort of crime against children, disabled and elderly people African leaders inflict on their own people and countries, never really goes away until it is avenged. In other words, as far as justice is concerned no corrupt Nigerian leader dating back to Shehu Shagari is home and dry until they are dead. Jerry Rawlins of Ghana and still on going NAZI prosecutions in the West prove that much. For instance, a wheelchair bound, ninety something years old man was jailed recently for his activities during the Nazi Atrocities. My point? Don’t be surprised if a moral crusader shows up in Nigeria and rounds Obasanjo, Babangida, Jonathan Goodluck, Saraki, etc to face justice – even if Mr Buhari doesn’t prosecute Jonathan Goodluck. Justice is a stubborn thing! Jonathan Goodluck really has no reason to celebrate that Mr Buhari doesn’t probe him.

  • Bayodele Kolawole Plato

    Jomathan left and right,you writers has totally turn General Buhari to a Supreme beign

  • Mayo

    This is the worst yet of Bamidele’s articles and some parts of it are contradictory.

    1) According to Bamidele – ..However, we know power concedes nothing without a demand…. In 1979, Obasanjo handed over power. We are not aware that he made any demand before he did so. Dimeji Bankole (the former Speaker of the House of Rep) lost his re-election bid and conceded defeat a few hours after the results were announced. There is no proof that he demanded something in return before conceding. In fact, a few days after, EFCC was at his premises to arrest him. Fayemi lost his re-election and conceded. Again, there is no proof that he demanded anything in return. As far as Bamidele is concerned, GEJ was a very bad person/leader and so cannnot on his own do anything good. It doesn’t matter that throughout the campaign period, GEJ kept on saying 2 things – he believed he would win but if he didn’t win, he would go back to Otuoke. GEJ repeated this over and over in both the foreign and local media.

    2) Let us suppose it is true GEJ demanded something in return before conceding power and that GEJ is as corrupt as Bamidele has made him out to be. Bamidele’s argument is that because GEj conceded power, he should be let go even if he was corrupt. What kind of message are we sending to our citizens? When GEJ pardoned Alams for his contributions towards the peace in Niger Delta (even though Alams had served his full sentence), everybody was up in arms against it (including Bamidele). Asking for pardon for GEJ (assuming he is guilty of corruption) is making nonsense of the fight against corruption. The fight against corruption can only be effective when ‘big men’ go to jail. It sends the signal that nobody is above the law. China recently jailed the head of their intelligence agency for acts of corruption. In 1996, South Korea sentenced a former president to death for mutiny, treason and corruption. Another President was sentenced to 22 years in prison for corruption. Bottom line – fight against corruption should show no favoritism.