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I remain President of LP, Candidate for Governor in Lagos – Awamaridi

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Mr. Ifagbemi Awamaridi, Chairman of the Lagos State Labor Party (LP), said he remains the party’s bona fide chairman and 2023 gubernatorial candidate in the state.

Awamaridi affirmed this on Saturday in Lagos during an interactive meeting with stakeholders, support groups and party candidates to unveil the LP’s 10 cardinal programs for the state.

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According to him, the clarification becomes important following reports that he was elevated to the national level of the party and that the party ticket was given to Mr. Moshood Salvador, who defected to the party on Wednesday.

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The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Salvador, during his official statement for the LP, was presented by some national leaders of the party present, including the national vice-president, Alhaji Bashiru Apapa, as his candidate for the governorship of Lagos.

Mr. Seyi Sowunmi has been appointed Party Chairman in Lagos State.

Meanwhile, INEC’s publication of the personal details of the gubernatorial candidates in Lagos State showed that Awamaridi’s name had been selected as the party’s gubernatorial candidate.

Awamaridi, however, said that since the party was not a ‘fleet’ association, there had to be documentation and a letter if he was to be removed from his position as president, pointing out that the Executive Council National Party (NEC) had not met in the past two years to even take such a so-called decision.

He said that the LP national chairman, Mr. Julius Abure, was not involved in any of the activities and meetings allegedly organized by some party leaders to disrupt the party.

Awamaridi said, “No one can take over party positions from the backyard.

The NEC meeting was about two years ago and nothing is happening apart from the NEC decision.

“We are going to the election and we don’t want a division within the Labor Party.

The Labor Party is one in Lagos State.

“In addition, INEC has released the personal details of gubernatorial and house assembly nominees statewide, the names you will see there are all the nominees here and the nominee for governorship that is there is Ifagbemi Awamaridi.

“Mr Peter Obi is our presidential candidate and we will all work for the victory of all candidates.”
He alleged that certain people had been sent by certain politicians to decimate and destroy the LP in order to scuttle Obi’s presidential ambition.

Awamaridi, who called for unity and harmonization between different support groups, said the party held approved INEC-controlled primaries before the party surged following Obi’s defection.

“We have not slept and joked with the ruling power in Lagos State.

We have been working and by the grace of God we will take back Lagos in 2023 to make life better.

“We are seriously on the pitch.

We completed our primaries for the House of Assembly, House of Representatives, Senate and Governorship before Obi entered our party.

“We are on the pitch and working to win.

We sign a bond and a contract with the poor, he said.

According to him, the chapter does not go into the 2023 elections empty and without an agenda, hence the unveiling of the 10 cardinal programs for the people of the state if elected.

“We want to dictate the electoral campaign in Africa.

if we don’t perform, people should tell us we failed.

These are our connections to the masses,” he added.

Some of the programs unveiled included a full commitment to restructuring, free and compulsory adult education up to tertiary level, free local health services, free internet throughout Lagos State, and free stalls and start-up capital for the poor.

Others were regular drinking water, electricity, youth empowerment through public-private partnership, transportation setup, and the redistribution of wealth from the super-rich to the .

Awamaridi, who denounced the waste of public funds by politicians, said, “the wide gap between the rich and the poor is the reason for the many challenges facing the nation, including security.”
He said the party would ensure the redistribution of wealth from the super rich through taxation to improve the lot of the poor.

Awamaridi said the party has made arrangements to launch mass mobilization and registration of new members to expand the party for better performance in the 2023 general election.

“We expect to register no less than four million new members.

If we can’t get four million, we’ll get two million newly registered voters.

We are going to have a database,” he said.

Speaking, Mr. Tony Onyekaba, Nigerian Youth Leader for Peter Obi, urged the party leadership and all support groups to harmonize and work together to win.

“Let’s go into this war with a winning mentality.

We must unite as a family to fight this battle.

We shouldn’t go into these elections to try, we have to go to win.

Let’s present salable candidates who can win,” Onyekaba said.

NAN reports that the meeting brought together some state executives from the Labor Party, union leaders, youth groups and other groups in support of Obi’s presidential ambition.

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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