By Chinyere Amalu
ABUJA â€” Contrary to the believe ofÂ National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Vincent Ogboloafor, that the party will capture Lagos State in 2011 elections, former Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Ahmed Tinubu has said â€œthey canâ€™t do that.â€
Tinubu, who spoke to journalists yesterday in Abuja shortly after his meeting with the Deputy Ambassador, United States of America to Nigeria, Mr. Dundas McCullough, on the objective of Coalition of Democracy for Electoral Reform (CODA) also called PDP â€œdreamers.â€
He said PDP used a word that is insulting to democratic value by making such statement: â€œwe must capture Lagos State.â€
He also added that Nigerians were determined and resolute for change â€œin the way we conduct our election. Peopleâ€™s vote must count.â€
His words: â€œThey are dreamers. I donâ€™t believe that they can do that. They used a word that is insulting to democratic value, saying they must capture Lagos State.
â€œThey cannot capture Lagos, instead they will loose more states than they stole in the past elections. They will loose power too if they go in the way of capturing,â€ he said.
On why he visited the embassy, he said it was simply about telling what CODA stands for, â€œour objectives and national patriotic development that will bring about a level playing field for elections.
â€œThat will bring about a respect and integrity to our country and bring about the necessary change for our votes to count. This is the only objective of our organisation.
â€œWe hope our objective will become the engine for change. We have no problem working with other political parties but we are not partisan,â€ Tinubu said.
He noted that America helped in no small way during the nationâ€™s struggle for democratisation, saying: â€œMost of us were even political refugees in the United States of America. Many of us took the Abacha problem there.â€
He said in the United States of America, there is model, which has endured for over 200 years, â€œwhere the integrity of the electoral system is not in doubt.
â€œIf institutions were not built by them, if laws were not enacted and enforced, they will not have the stability and rapid development they have. So we are here to educate and keep them informed why it is necessary to have electoral reforms in Nigeria.
â€œOur mission is a bipartisan. We are determined, and we are resolute about change. There must be change the way we conduct our elections. People votes must count including yours,â€ he said.