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Friday, 12 January 2018

Group declares Lagos PDP’s Call For Ambode's Ban Ridiculous

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko Vanguard, which is made up of social activists, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), artisans and political groups have described recent call by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lagos State on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ban Lagos State Governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode from contesting the 2019 governorship election as ridiculous.

The coordinator of the group Bamigbade Seyi reacted to the statement credited to PDP, when the Group met with the People Welfare Foundation Group led by Alhaja Hon. Latifat Olufunke Gbajabiamila the mother of Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, representing Surulere 1 Federal Constituency in Lagos.

Bamigbade Seyi said the PDP in Lagos State has started to bark at a time they are supposed to be committedly working hard on how they can organize their party to relevance, in the scheme of things in Lagos. He said that their call on INEC to disqualify Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and APC from participating in the 2019 Lagos governorship election cannot give them any reelvance.

According to him, calling for the arrest of members of the Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko Vanguard, State Coordinator, Seyi Bamigbade is a sluggish act as well, as the group has not breached any Electoral Act, but the group only simply expressed their views about the governor’s performance.

“We have not breached any Electoral Act. All we are doing is to
express our views about a man whose style of governance has endeared him to many Lagos residents in large numbers. Is there any law in the country that stipulates that we should not appreciate good governance and applaud the man making it possible? Has the Lagos PDP recovered from the last defeat they suffered from APC in the last Local Government polls. Why are they still talking out of context?” Bamigbade fumed.

He said organizing three 'Million Man Get Together' to celebrate
Governor Ambode in three senatorial districts with one million in each of the districts in the state, was their own way of showing support and appreciation to the governor, for not disappointing the All Progressive Congress and Lagosians as a whole, He said, “We did not get a dime from Lagos Government to bring these
like minds together. These are people who are just happy that the governor is making life meaningful for residents, empowering people, building infrastructure, touching lives and areas hitherto neglected.

That is what we are talking about. But the PDP being a retrogressive party seems not to get it.” Also speaking Alhaja Hon. Latifat Olufunke Gbajabiamila announced that
members of her group throughout Lagos state, has started canvassing support for Governor Ambode to continue in office.

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