2019: Traditional Rulers To Endorse Ambode For Second Term

First class monarchs from Ijebu Traditional Rulers in Lagos state will on Tuesday 27th March, 2018 endorse the second term bid of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

A press release jointly signed by trio of Oba Asunmo Ganiyu Aderibigbe, the Alayandelu of Odo Ayandelu; Oba Olumuyiwa Ogunbekun, the Onileki of Lekki; Oba Adeoriyomi Oyebo, the Obateru Of Egbin, said the endorsement is imperative judging from unprecedented performance of the governor.

The event which also to formally launch the Lagos State Ijebu Traditional Group will hold at Lagos State Jubilee Chalet in Epe.

The statement read: “The approach of Governor Ambode to governance is in consonant with progressives tenet as all his programmes are people-oriented”

Governor Ambode whose landmark achievements are visible to all Lagosians in a spate of 3 years is expected to grace the occasion as special guest of honour.

According to the statement, the attendance for the event is strictly by invitation and all invitees are expected to comply with the event dressing code which is Royal Blue on White.

PDP Reconciliation Committee Warns APC, INEC Ahead 2019

The National Reconciliation Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by the Bayelsa State Governor, Hon Henry Seriake Dickson, has submitted its report to the National Working Committee led by the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus at the National Secretariat, Wadata House, Wuse Zone 5, Abuja.

While making the presentation, Governor Dickson thanked the party for the thoughtful and proactive steps taken in setting up the Reconciliation Committee and warned opposition APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, against any attempt to rig the 2019 elections.

He also expressed gratitude to the party for the support the committee received in actualising its mandate.

Governor Dickson equally congratulated the Chairman and the NWC for the mammoth support of the party as witnessed in the just-held rally in Jigawa State; a sign post that Nigerians across the country have accepted the party on the one hand, and issued a quit notice to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) come 2019, on the other.

The Bayelsa Governor stated that the committee started work even before the convention ended and proactively moved round the country; engaged party leaders and members who harboured grievances and complaints in respect of the 2018 National Convention.

He appreciated the leaders of the party across the country for the warm reception, high regard and team spirit they accorded the committee throughout the assignment.

He added that the committee having interacted with a cross section of party leaders, women and youths summarized key issues raised across the country.

The issues include:

1. The committee is of the view that the PDP should lead a broad-based coalition to wrest power from the APC in order to salvage Nigeria form further ruin. It recommended that the party should build alliances and establish inter- personal contacts with everyone, including those that have either left or abandoned the party. This desire for the broad-based coalition should be open to everyone who intends to salvage the country from the present mismanagement of the ruling party.

2. The NWC should as soon as possible constitute all statutory standing committees of the party including a strategy committee for the task ahead. The composition of the leadership and membership of these committees must include women, youth and leaders of our party especially those who feel aggrieved and excluded from party activities.

3. In the course of our engagements across the country, we realized that the South West Geo-political Zone deserves some special attention and thus we recommend close personal interaction between the NWC and the zone.

4. We equally received several complaints that border on the involvement of women. Thus we suggest that the party should deliberately crave the support and involvement of women. As the most women-friendly party in the country, the NWC should deliberately cultivate them and assure them that our doors shall remain open for them at all levels of the party.

5. The most crucial part of our recommendations which the entire country hasreiterated is the party’s respect for the rule of law and internal democracy. Even though, we are adjudged the most Democratic Party in the country today, we must re-examine ourselves and create a level playing field for all aspirants at all times.

Concluding, the Governor once more thanked the party for the honour and privilege to serve and pledged that he and members of the committee are readily available to serve the party in whatever capacity whenever called upon. His words: “I and other members of the committee have pledged to work for the party and the nation until the nation is salvaged.”

In his reply,the National Chairman thanked the committee for the good work done. He stated that the report would serve as a guiding template for the going forward of the party. He added that henceforth, the committee has being designated as a standing committee to guide the party in the build-up to the 2019 elections.

“This is a new PDP, rebranded and repositioned to regain lost power” adding that ‘PDP is open to everyone with particular emphasis on women and youths. We want the party to be open to women and youths to aspire to the highest office in the land so we can jointly rescue our nation”, he said.

Prince Secondus stressed on the fact that even during the years of the Nigerian Civil War, the country was never as divided and disunited as it presently is under the watch of the APC government.

Hear him: “APC government is a threat to the unity of this country and only PDP has the capacity to restore the unity of the country once again”.

While positing that the party’s stands with the National Assembly to make laws for the land and the good of the people and not for any cabal in Aso Rock, the party chairman said, ‘The APC government is broken and we are ready with open doors for all the other parties to join hands and rescue this country from ruin’.

In his conclusion, the chairman said, “We hope to form a government of national unity in 2019 where all Nigerians will have a sense of belonging irrespective of religion, tribe or gender. Let me sound a note of warning, APC and INEC cannot rig the 2019 elections. The election is for Nigerians to decide who would lead them and Nigerians shall resist any attempt to rig the 2019 election at all cost”.

Court Restrains National Assembly From Re-ordering Election Timetable

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday ordered the National Assembly to stop taking any further actions on the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018, which seeks to provide the order in which the Independent Electoral Commission must conduct the 2019 general elections.

The restraining order issued by Justice Ahmed Mohammed is to last till March 17, which is the next hearing date.

Delivering ruling on an oral application by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), lawyer to the plaintiff, Accord Party, Justice Mohammed held that the restraining order was made to preserve the substance of the main suit.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Tuesday informed the National Assembly that he had withheld his assent to bill which was earlier passed by both chambers of the National Assembly.

There have been threats by some legislators that the National Assembly would evoke its powers under section 58(5) of the Constitution to override the President’s withholding of assent by two-third majority votes of both chambers.

The oral application by Olanipekun for a “preservative order” was opposed by the counsel representing the National Assembly, Chinelo Ogbozor, during the Wednesday’s proceedings.

The Attorney-General of the Federation, the 2nd defendant to the suit, was not represented by a counsel.

But INEC, the 3rd respondent, was represented by its lawyer, Mr. Taminu Inuwa, who said he had no objection to the application.

Ruling, he judge held that the National Assembly was not likely to suffer any prejudice if it was restrained from going ahead with the amendment processes before the next hearing date.

He added that on the other hand, if no restraining order was issued and the National Assembly went ahead to exercise its powers under section 58(5) of the Constitution by overriding President’s withholding of assent, the essence of the whole suit would have been defeated.

The judge therefore ordered all parties to maintain “status quo ” Tuesday.

He fixed ‎Tuesday for the hearing of the motion for the interlocutory injunction, the same order which was granted during the Wednesday’s proceedings but would likely last till the final determination of the suit if the application succeeds.

The Accord Party, is by its suit challenging the constitutionality of the ‎ongoing amendment of the Electoral Act.

I’m Not Bothered About Second Term In Office – El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has said that he’s not bothered about second term in office, stressing that posterity will judge him on his ongoing efforts to transform the state.

Speaking in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital, El-Rufai also described the emergence and attainment of power of the ruling All Progressives Congress in 2015 as a ”miracle” .

He said the emergence of the APC and its clinching on to power in less than four years of its formation was a miracle and that the party would repeat the same feat in any election.

The governor spoke while delivering the maiden public lecture of the Al –Hikmah University Ilorin,titled,”Governing Justly:Perspectives From Near&Far With Lessons From Nigeria”

The governor said at 58, hes not looking for any job, saying that cancelling what he’s doing in Kaduna today will be politically costly for any administration that comes after his to do, because of their nature.

He added that he’s not bothered about agitation for a second term in office,hence he’s taking well grounded decisions that would stand the test of time.

El-Rufai also boasted that there was no threat to the success of the party ahead of the 2019 general elections in the state and beyond because according to him the party has no formidable opposition that could stop it.

The governor said, many people that voted for the APC in 2015 voted for the party ‘‘because they were tired of the PDP .Many people voted not really for APC but against PDP ‘’, he said.

The governor labelled those agitating within the party as ‘‘rascals, trouble makers and noise makers’’ who only wanted the party to continue in the PDP ways of sharing money.

‘‘The APC has no opposition, the opposition we have is no opposition because the opposition is within the APC, there are many unhappy people, we also have many rascals, trouble makers and noise makers.

‘‘They are simply disgruntled because they are used to the PDP ways of doing things, every month give me money, Paris club is here where is my money..They will remain in opposition until you have a way to alienate them’’, he said.

The governor blamed the elites for the challenges confronting Nigerians because of what he described as craze for ‘‘elites’ entitlements and selfish interest. The Nigerian elite is corrupt, selfish, self centred and largely divided, like I said there is need for consensus of the Nigerian elite’’, the governor said.

He said Nigerians should hold the elites responsible for the underdevelopment and lack of progress in many states of the federation and urged ‘‘citizens to put pressure’’ on state and local government to deliver on good governance rather than looking up to the centre for everything.

Governor Rufai also tasked the youths to be involved in the ongoing political process in order to ultimately take over political power from the current leadership if they are serious about it.

He said this became imperative because no election can be won on twitter, Facebook or any social media‎ adding that the elders currently in power will not handover power to the youths for the sake of it,”they have to work for it”he stressed.

On the recent religious crises that broke out in the state ,the governor said 15 persons have lost their lives to the crisis while 45 were injured . He traced the genesis of the crises to the case of a Christian girl who was dating a Muslim guy and wanted to convert to Islam because he wanted to marry him, a development which he said sparked of the crisis.

 

2019: David Ayeni Canvasses Support For Tayo Adebiyi To Win Ekiti North

The Director General of Tayo Adebiyi Campaign Organization, David Ayeni {Erebe Presenter} has urged members of the All Progressives Congress APC in Ekiti North Senatorial District to support Adebiyi’s candidature in the 2019 General Elections.

According to Ayeni, Adebiyi has the capability to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.

In a statement he personally signed, the Itaji-Ekiti born politician is capable of extending his numerous contributions to the development of humanity when he is elected.

Read the full statement below:

Adebiyi is an exceptional leader of Ekiti North APC

What every concerned person especially the youths are clamouring for is a person who is willing and ready to impact directly on the lives of people.

It will be a self delusion and a repeated deception to think we will bring anyone from the whims to go and represent us in Ekiti North Federal Constituency 1. What do i mean by this? Anyone who has not been interacting and impacting directly in the lives of his people before electioneering period comes from the whims.

In Oye/Ikole Federal constituency, we seek a man who feels the pain of his people and is not only willing to help for electoral purposes but that man who has been helping and is still helping them. Not a person who is periodical in his sympathy for his people. We seek that man who has shouldered that responsibility of putting smiles on the faces of his people without some long strings attached.

That man who through his non-governmental organisation “pat royal foundation” dug and installed a functioning borehole at Itaji-Ekiti, empowered our farmers with hoe, cutlasses and fertilizers. He touched the lives of our market women with cash donations, aprons, buckets, packers and other relieve materials for their chosen professions.

Our people from Ikole Ekiti will not forget his free medical intervention where qualified Doctors and nurses were taken to their door steps to attend to their health challenges with absolutely free drugs available to them when hospitals in Ekiti State were paralysed through industrial action.

Over 2000 kids enjoyed his program “pat Kiddies party” last December where children of the poor where made to enjoy free father Christmas show with mouth watering gifts and scholarship.

In the spirit of comradeship, stability and without any form of reservations i present our brother our friend our son and benefactor PRINCE TAYO ADEBIYI , from Itaji Ekiti in Oye local government to us that he may represent us in the green chamber to do much more for us.

TA…… ACTION!!!

Signed: David Ayeni erebe presenter. DG, Tayo Adebiyi Campaign Organisation

Best Gift To Nigerians Is Credible Election – PDP Chairman

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Uche Secondus believes the best gift that the Federal Government can give to Nigerians is to conduct credible elections in 2019.

Secondus said this in on Tuesday while addressing a gathering in Umuahia, the Abia State capital during a one day working where he criticised President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and the All Progress Congress.

He also warned Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow the will of the people to prevail as Nigerians would resist any act of rigging in the forthcoming elections.

“I believe that the best gift and project that the APC government led by President Buhari will give to Nigeria is to conduct credible elections, having failed in all other things, and then they will go with honour.

“INEC, this is a warning to you; you must be prepared to conduct free and fair elections. Nigerians will resist rigging, you must give the people what they deserve and that is free and fair 2019 election,” the PDP chairman said.

He further blamed the government for what he described as “the rot in the system,” including incessant killings by suspected herdsmen and instability in the petroleum sector among others.

Secundus asked the government to take responsibility for its inability to lead the country in good governance, noting that the socio-economic development has taken a downturn.

“I am not pleased with what is happening in this country today, and the All Progressive Congress party and the government must be held responsible,” he said.

“We must blame the Federal Government of APC for mismanagement, misinformation and abandoning their responsibilities to protect lives and properties. Everything has collapsed, the government has collapsed, no fuel, no food for the people.”

The PDP chairman, however, said his party was on a rescue mission to save the nation, informing Nigerians that Nigeria would soon witness a political tsunami.

“This is not a time for politics, it is time for reality,” he said while cautioning the government against playing politics with people’s lives.

Secondus maintained that the PDP would reclaim power from the ruling APC in 2019 in its bid to rescue the country and its people and secure the future of the younger generation.

He said their focus is on the Nigerian youths whom he said must be prepared to take their destiny in their hands.

Gombe APC Inaugurates Executives Ahead 2019 Elections

The National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mai-Mala Buni, has inaugurated the elected executive members of the party in the state.

The new executives are to help in restructuring the party to achieve the planned success of 2019.

The Gombe state chapter the APC has remained without elected executive members for close to three years as the previous one was dissolved sequel to antiparty realized shortly after the 2015 general election.

The inauguration was greeted with lots of joy from party supporters to really restructure the party ahead of future elections.
With the usher in of the present crop of executive members, party stewards are optimistic that the party has been reposition for the challenges ahead.

The caretaker chairman of the party Idi-Barde Gubana commended the efforts of the National Secretariat of the party, members and the state governor, Ibrahim Gaidam for their support towards the success of the election.

With the successful inauguration of the party, he assures that the party is well structured to face further elections.

Senate, House Of Reps Agree On Order Of 2019 Polls

The Senate and the House of Representatives have agreed on the order of the 2019 general elections.

The concurrence was reached by both chambers of the National Assembly at a Joint Conference.

The House of Representatives had on January 24, 2018 re-ordered the elections.

Based on the reordering, the the National Assembly election is to hold first, followed by gubernatorial and state assembly, and then the presidential election.

The timetable released earlier by the Independent National Electoral Commission has it that the Presidential and National Assembly elections are to hold first, while the governorship and state assembly polls are to follow.

The House amended section 25 of the Principal Act and substituted it with a new section 25 (1).

According to the section, the elections shall be held in the following order: (a) National Assembly election (b) State Houses of Assembly and Governorship elections (c) Presidential election.

Similarly, section 87 was amended by adding a new section 87 (11) with a marginal note: “Time for primaries of political parties.

“The primaries of political parties shall follow the following sequence (i) State House of Assembly (ii) National Assembly (iii) Governorship, and (iv), President.

“The dates for the above stated primaries shall not be held earlier than 120 days and not later than 90 days before the date of elections to the offices.”

All these received concurrence of the two chambers on Tuesday.

 

 

Why I Stand With Buhari By Femi Adesina

These are very difficult times in our country. Sad, mournful and dolorous times, as the New Year opened with killings in Rivers, Kaduna, Taraba, and Benue states, among others. Of course, there had been gruesome carnage on the Mambilla plateau mid last year, and bloodletting in Numan, Adamawa State, as well as in other places. Hell suddenly seemed to have enlarged itself against Nigeria. Sincere condolences to those who are grieving and mourning the loss of loved ones.

But instead of finding solutions, and joining to chart the way forward, some people are making political capital out of the killings. They are trying to use the orgy of bloodshed to advance their political interests, wanting to make it appear that it is a failure of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Faults are thick where love is thin. There is prejudice in Nigeria. Plenty. There is insularity, in prodigious quantity. There is animus, antipathy against anyone that is not of your ethnic or religious stock, or that belongs to a different political orientation or persuasion. If you meet him, kill him, if you can’t catch him, poison his footsteps, seems to be the singsong among some people. And as the build up to general elections next year gathers momentum, matters are made worse. Everything must be politicized, including wanton killings. There must be spurious handshakes across the Niger, and across the Benue, all for political gains.

But I stand with Buhari, and will always do. Why won’t you? Your snout is in the honeypot, licking the nectars of office, some cynics would say. Really? My bank balances do not indicate so. It is not just about money. It is about conviction. It is about believing in a man who can bring enduring change to our country, if we allow God to have His way through him.
Standing with Buhari through thick and thin is not about money, or the spoils of office, which are not even available in these lean times. In or out of my present position, I stand with Buhari. Sir Walter Scott wrote: “Other people’s resolutions may fluctuate on the wild and changeful billows of human opinion. Ours, now and forever, are anchored on the Rock of Ages.” In or out of government, I stand with Buhari. Why? You will get to know shortly.

There is strident attempt to defame, demean and de-market the Buhari government today. Who are those behind it? The crooks, thieves, freeloaders, who want business as usual. They hate probity. Their souls abhor accountability. They prefer the plunder of the past years, and can’t wait to see that epoch return. They engage in all sorts of misinformation and disinformation. Hate speeches. Fake news. Under us, you had leeks, onions and garlic to eat. You were fed manna till you wanted no more. When you were tired of the fluffy stuff, we gave you meat, you gorged yourself so much, till meat began to come out of your noses. They wouldn’t tell you about what William Shakespeare calls “the goodly apple, but rotten at the cheek.”

They won’t tell you about humongous amounts of money made from oil, which stood at over $100 dollars per barrel for about six years, and which they looted to the last cent. Foreign reserves; depleted. Excess Crude Account; looted. Federation Account; plundered. They turned the country to a wasteland, leaving an economy primed for recession. But deftly and sure-footed, the Buhari administration is building a new foundation for the economy, erecting an edifice that will stand the test of time, not a bubble that collapses with just a pinprick, not a will-o-the-wisp that vanishes in the midday sun.

That is why I stand with Buhari, and have stood with him since he was a military leader in the 1980s. I can trust this President. I can go to bed, knowing that my leader is not striking deals to fleece the country in the dead of night. I can trust that every money that comes into the coffers of Nigeria, will be used for the good of Nigerians. Am I saying it is a perfect administration? Such has not been forged from the smithy of the divine powers.

Every human enterprise will have its shortcomings, but on Buhari I still stand. I stand with him, and by him, any day.

Some people ask themselves: can we afford to be outside government for another four years from 2019? We would be dead! No access to the public treasury, which we know how well to abuse and plunder? To ravage and savage. They have spat into the sky, and collected the spittle with their faces. Rather than let Buhari be, we would employ all the tricks in the books. Defame, demean, de-market him. Is he not Fulani? He is supporting herdsmen causing murder and mayhem round the country. Trumpet it from the rooftops, even without a scintilla of evidence. He is sectional, and bent on Islamizing the country. He is fighting a one sided anti-corruption war. His war against insurgency is a fluke, not winnable.

They refuse to see massive investments in infrastructure, which would burst into full bloom in another year or two. Roads, rail, power. They refuse to see the rebounding economy, strides in agriculture and mining, all with good auguries for the future. They refuse to acknowledge the stock market, which recently recorded N15.78 trillion, the highest in the history of the country. What of N1.3 trillion spent on capital projects in 2016? And almost the same amount for 2017? No, they rather imagine how much of that amount they would have pocketed if they were in power, living in obscene luxury, while the rest of the country went to hell, if it wanted. They refuse to see the good things happening to the country. And none is as blind as those who deliberately refuse to see. All these and more are the reasons I stand with Buhari, and will always do. So that Nigeria can have a future and a hope. Our own Canaan, flowing with milk and honey.

After primitive fury was unleashed in Benue, and about 73 people were left dead, a sitting President eyeing reelection could also play politics with it, visiting and muttering the right words to impress the people. Nothing wrong. But for President Buhari, action speaks louder than words. Action stations, he told the security agencies. The Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Operations was first despatched, then the Minister of Interior, the Inspector General of Police himself, and then the Nigerian Army. Consultations were held with the governor of the state, with Benue elders, and now, a committee headed by the Vice President, made up of nine governors, has been set up to proffer solutions to farmers/herdsmen clashes. Action truly speaks louder than words.

President Buhari has not thrown his hat officially into the ring for a second term in office. But they are in mortal fear of him running. Therefore, they do all they can to dissuade him. Malign him, paint him black, devalue him before the electorate. But they don’t know that there are many devices in the hearts of men, but only the counsel of God shall stand. If God has ordained President Buhari to be in power beyond 2019, human effort to stop it can only end in futility.

I stand with Buhari, because it is solid ground for Nigeria. All other ground I see, at least for now, is sinking sand. For us, for our children, for generations yet unborn, Buhari is engendering a new country, whose builder and maker is God. Let the wailers wail; endlessly. Let the heathens rage; till they render themselves hoarse. Let them throw even the kitchen sink at him, they did worse in the build up to 2015. I stand with Buhari. I know his heart for Nigeria, and for Nigerians. Let people shed their prejudices. Let them eschew hate, and purge themselves of all malice. The future can only then be written in gold.

Adesina is Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity

2019: I Am Indeed Running But Not For Elections – Pastor Tunde Bakare

The Presiding Overseer, The Latter Rain Assembly (LRA) and Convener, Save Nigeria Group (SNG), Pastor Tunde Bakare has said that his New Year vision is not a campaign for 2019 Presidential elections.

Bakare had shared the visions he had concerning the activities of the New Year among which is “Politics is not over for you. There is still one thing left for you to do: Run for President, I will work it out Myself and make it happen in due course.” directed to him.

This particular vision had trailed various reactions from people asking if it means the pastor would be contesting for the next Presidential election in the country.

However In his speech delivered at the Latter Rain Assembly, End-Time Church in Lagos on Sunday themed, “It is time to renegotiate our union”, Bakare revealed that he is indeed running but not for elections.

“On the first day of the year, I shared twelve prophecies regarding the nature of the year 2018 as I had received from God. However, the twelfth prophecy has become the theme of myriad speculative interpretations and enquiries. While it has brought excitement to some, it has brought anxiety to others.

“However, nowhere in that declaration did I mention running for election. It is, however, not surprising that politicians and the politically-minded have interpreted it as such.

“I am indeed running, but not for elections; it is a race of destiny and the destination is certain. The certainty of this destination is reminiscent of the statement Jesus made before Pilate.

“Some may ask, How then can it happen, if not by elections?” My simple response is that there are biblical precedents, including the stories of Joseph, David, Nehemiah and Daniel; there are also historical precedents, including the case of George Washington whose unanimous election was merely an endorsement, and Gerald Ford who, under the terms of the 25th Amendment, took the oath as Vice President on December 6, 1973, and, following the resignation of President Richard Nixon, was inaugurated as the 38th President of the United States on August 9, 1974, without a single election;

“The important point to note is that it is my destiny to shepherd this nation into her prophetic destiny, and the time is at hand. The method by which God intends to do it is up to Him; I am neither flagging off an election campaign nor building political alliances. Like David, I will continue to shepherd Gods flock and, in His time and manner, I will shepherd the nation according to the integrity of my heart and the skillfulness of my hands.”

Lamenting the current situation of the country, the Pastor urged Nigerians to become united so as to take the country to the promised land. He also urged the Federal Government to become more sensitive to the people’s needs.

“It is time for a DEMOCRATIC REVOLUTION. The season for complaints and complacency is over. We must seize this opportune moment to translate our collective national disappointment into a uniquely Nigerian REBIRTH.” Bakare added.

PDP Can’t Win Lagos In 2019 – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday described the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as “a dead party, not capable of capturing Lagos in 2019.”

The Assistant Publicity Secretary of the APC in the state, Mr. Abiodun Salami, stated this during a chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

Salami was reacting to a claim by the Publicity Secretary of PDP in the state, Mr. Taofik Gani, that the party would capture Lagos in 2019.

Gani had said 2019 would be the beginning of the end of APC administration in the state as the party was sure of dislodging the ruling party.

He had claimed that Lagosians were tired of the “non-performance of APC government “and were eagerly waiting to vote PDP.

“We will shock the APC in 2019. Take my words. We already have a lot of novel ideas to wrestle governance from them.

“For now, we will keep our strategies sealed. When the game starts, we will unleash them.

“Ambode has failed in purposeful governance. The only thing we see is propaganda. Lagosians desire a change, and that change is PDP,” Gani had said.

But Salami described his comments as laughable, saying PDP had been completely decimated and have no capacity to make any impact in the governorship election, let alone winning.

He dismissed the assertion as “empty boast,” saying Lagosians knew the difference between light and retrogression and would continue to vote the APC.

“The assertion made by the PDP that it would win the state in 2019 is a huge joke. In fact it is laughable.

“How do they want to achieve that? The party has been deserted and left for dead by Lagosians.

“A party where virtually all their bigwigs, such as Musiliu Obanikoro and others had deserted because they have seen the light and are now in the fold of APC,” Salami stated.