- PDP chieftain in Lagos, Adedeji Doherty, has said that the party would take over from APC in 2019
- He said that APC does not deserve second term in office
- Doherty also noted that the ruling party has spent so much time complaining of the past administration rather than focus on how to alleviate the suffering of Nigerians
The national vice chairman (southwest) of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Adedeji Doherty, has said that the party is ready to take over Lagos state during 2019 governorship election.
In an interview with Sun, Doherty, who is the PDP 2019 governorship aspirant in Lagos state, said that the party is making strategic planning to unseat the ruling party come next year elections.
NAIJ.com gathered that the Doherty said: “PDP in Lagos state is very much alive and very much together. We don’t make noise because it is not noise that makes a party. What makes a party is strategic planning and working together.
“A lot of people in Lagos do not know that the PDP has six seats in the National Assembly, members of the House of Representatives from Ojo constituency and Amuwo Odofin are PDP, and we also have both constituencies of Oshodi Isolo. We had close to seven members in the Lagos state House of Assembly, but, knowing APC for what they are, the members have crossed over to APC.
Speaking on the assessment of the APC-led federal government, Doherty, said that the ruling party has spent so much time complaining of the past administration rather than focus on how to alleviate the suffering of Nigerians.
He said: "The APC-led federal government has spent so much time complaining of the past administration which shouldn’t be. You must have seen things you want to do before deciding to contest; you must have a plan because you have a manifesto.
"So for you to take over and day in day out you are talking about the rot you met shows you are not serious. The rot PDP met when it took over from the military cannot be quantified.
"In NEPA, telecoms, NITEL, health sector, power, rail, pensions and other sectors, the rot PDP met cannot be quantified, but you didn’t see PDP saying all those things because it belongs to the past. What we had to do was to start fixing things.
"Look at the APC trying to take credit for the revolution in agriculture. The PDP revamped the agricultural sector, you cannot cultivate rice and in two years you are harvesting thousands of metric tonnes, it doesn’t work that way.
"The only thing we see in the APC government is hardship and sorrow; ask Nigerians, they are not happy. We had Boko Haram during PDP time created by these same people, now we have herdsmen going to villages and slaughtering people and the president is looking at it as if it doesn’t concern him.
He further stated that the PDP is working to take over power from APC during the next general elections.
"Definitely, the PDP is working but we can’t reveal our strategy now, if we do, you will see the APC will want to scuttle it. If you say anything the APC doesn’t like, next thing they will come after you.
"They may get a robber somewhere and tell you the robber said you’re the one that sent them, what kind of country is that, where you get your information from people that are not credible?
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"Lagos state seems to be a stand out from other APC states in terms of infrastructure development, but you criticise the administration of wasting public funds. What is your vision for Lagos?
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said on Tuesday, January 2, it would capture Lagos in the 2019 governorship election.
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