Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2011 gubernatorial election in Lagos state, Ade Dosunmu, said he is ready to contest and win the party’s ticket in 2015.
In an interview with Daily Independent, Dosunmu, who recently declared his ambition to take another shot at the seat of Governor of Lagos state, said the people of the state were now ready for change.
He said: “The last time in 2011, I was the candidate of the party and we had a good showing. We did our best and perhaps, Lagosians were not fully ready for change then. But given the fact that a lot has happened within the last four years, and having appraised the situation on ground and also the perception of the people about how well the government has impacted on them, I have decided to give it a trial again.
“This time around, I am very positive that my party, PDP, will win Lagos. I am also very positive that members of my party, who gave me their trust the other time by making me the candidate of the party, will do the same, having being in the party, having served the party loyally, having contributed my quota to the development of the party even when the party was not attractive. I am counting on the support of members of the PDP to give me their confidence again to be the flag bearer of the party.
The aspirant said contrary to general feelings or the perception in the public about our party, the PDP in Lagos is more united, focused and determined.
Continuing, “And as a party, we are also operating on the basis of team work. Lagosians have seen that and it was demonstrated in the last local government election. You will see that we went into the election as a united party and made some inroads. But unfortunately, you know what happened in most of the cases; even in local governments where election results were announced and declared by returning officers, the powers-that-be in the All Progressive Congress (APC) refused to allow our people to take their mandate.
“As a peace loving party and a party that believes in peaceful transition, we didn’t want to cause crisis, we didn’t want to make the state ungovernable. That is why we went through the constitutional means by going to the tribunal set up by the APC government. At the end of the day, we saw the way the tribunal went despite the fact that there were overwhelming evidence. That shows a level of political intolerance, because, to a large extent, we are all living witnesses to the fact that PDP had conceded defeat in states we even control to APC at tribunals, talk less of a local government that we only won at election.”
On new entrants into the party, including Mr. Jimi Agbaje, who is reportedly being backed by the presidency to emerge as the party’s flagbearer, Dosunmu said he believes PDP will provide a level-playing ground for all aspirants.
“I know very clearly in this party is that there is nothing like imposition. Anybody is welcomed into our party, we received the news of Agbaje’s defection with joy. He’s welcomed. If today, ppGovernor Fashola decides to join the PDP, we would go and give him card and we would jubilate. In politics, the school of thought in which I was brought up from is that the more the merrier.
“Joining a political party is one thing, ambition is another. You must first join, belong and contribute to the development and the building of the platform that you want to use and that is why in the PDP, there is no discrimination. If you come in today to contest, you are free as long as you meet the requirements of the constitution.
“So, we have no problem with anybody coming in, we would all go to the field and that is where it would be determined. What the party needs is a credible candidate that would be able to win,” he added.