Lagos – A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Chief Ayodele Adelaja, says the party’s flag bearer in the 2015 gubernatorial polls can come from any part of the state.
Adelaja, who is the Chairman of the PDP in Alimosho, Lagos, spoke on Friday in a chat with newsmen in the area.
He spoke against the background of the clamour by a zone in the state to produce the next governorship candidate in the state.
“We have no problem with zoning. We are free to pick our candidate from any part of the state.
“We are aware of the clamour by some zones that political parties must choose their candidates from their zone.
“We are yet to win the governorship election, so the issue of zoning does not arise.
“By the time we win come 2015, then we can look into that at the end of the tenure of the governor,’’ he said.
The PDP chieftain said that the party’s plan was to let the people choose the best man for the job at the primaries, which had been the party’s tradition in the past.
“This means that the best man for the job can come from any zone. What we have been doing is to educate our people to choose a man of integrity whose priority will be to serve and not loot.
“Our candidate will eventually be a man of proven integrity and not one that will be imposed on the members,’’ he said.
On the crisis that may have cost the party the governorship slot in the state in the past, Adelaja said that the PDP in Lagos was now one united family.
“There is no political party in Nigeria without crisis. We have seen our past mistakes and the leaders and members of the PDP in Lagos State have finally put their grievances aside to work as one.
“We are confident of winning the 2015 polls,” he said, noting that the party’s performance in the last council polls in the state indicated that the people desired change.
“We are the change that will bring succour to the downtrodden masses of Lagos State” he said.
On INEC’s ability to organise a credible election in the state, the PDP chieftain said that despite minor errors the commission had made in the past, the party remained confident that INEC would do a good job.
“INEC Chairman is a man of credibility but we must understand that there is no perfection in life.
“What matters most is for Nigerians to assist by ensuring that their votes count and to conduct themselves in a manner that will make it easy for the commission to function optimally,’’ he said. (NAN)