- The opposition African Democratic Congress (ADC) declares it is prepared to receive Ainwunmi Ambode and make him its governorship candidate
- The ADC chairman in Lagos state, Chief Babatunde Daramola, says he is happy with the press conference delivered by Ambode
- Daramola says the time has come for residents of Lagos state to support the governor ahead of 2019
The opposition African Democratic Congress (ADC) on Monday, October 1, declared it is ready to welcome Governor Akinwunmi Ambode into its fold as well as make him the governorship candidate of the party ahead of the 2019 elections in Lagos state.
The Nigerian Tribune reports that the Lagos state chairman of the party, Chief Babatunde Daramola, said this as he spoke with journalists during the celebration of the 58th Independence anniversary of Nigeria.
The report said the national chairman of the party, Ralph Oke Nwosu, had earlier met and took handshake with residents to celebrate the Independence Day celebration.
Chief Daramola expressed satisfaction with the press conference addressed on Sunday, October 30, by Governor Ambode over the crisis in the APC.
“We thank Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for what is happening in Lagos State APC.
“Revolution normally starts from within. We have a cabal that is ruling Lagos state in the APC. This cabal consists of just five people, but I will not mention names. So, it is good that Governor Ambode is fighting them.
“The cabal has stifled Ambode to the throat. Residents of Lagos state should support him. We will welcome Ambode to our party if he decides to cross over, but we will not give him an automatic ticket, he will have to compete with other aspirants for the governorship ticket,” he said.
Daramola also said it was shameful that the country had not moved forward in many years even with enough natural resources. He said Nigeria was enveloped by the problem of leadership.
“We need restructuring and we should use our resources for development purposes. We are celebrating 58 years of independence with nothing to show for it whereas countries such as Singapore and Indonesia that got independence at the same time with us are no longer regarded as developing, they are now called developed countries.
“I was in Vietnam five years ago and I felt like crying with the level of development there. There is nothing to write home about in Nigeria. Agriculture and petroleum industries are zero. We now buy fuel at N145 per litre.
“I used to earn N17,000 per annum many years back and I was able to buy a brand new Santana car and I had a driver. If you earn N1 million per month in Nigeria today, even your one year salary cannot buy a new car.
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“Policemen guard our politicians and leaders just as constables were guiding colonial masters in those days. Women and youths should wake up and fight for their rights.
“We are not calling for violent revolution. With civil revolution, they can be part of the decision making in the country. People cannot have three square meals in Nigeria now because of poverty,” he said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state, on Sunday, September 30, insisted that he is prepared to participate in the Lagos All Progressives Congress (APC) which is expected to come up on Monday, October 1.
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