Dr. Michael Adegbola Dominic is one of the gubernatorial aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. In this interview he speaks on his dreams for Lagos.
BY EBUN SESSOU
As a medical doctor one wonders if you are really up to it financially and otherwise?
I have undoubtedly proven my critics wrong. I knew what I wanted before embarking on this journey and I have vowed never to allow any form of distraction. I received a prophetic vision from God to liberate Lagosians from the yoke of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) come 2015. Within two months, I have toured the entire 20 local governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs). To further demonstrate my seriousness, I was the first amongst over 13 aspirants in Lagos PDP to pay the N11 million governorship form.
As a young man, I cut my political teeth during the days of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN). I have been in politics for a while and with my experience, I believe I have what it takes to be the governor of Lagos State in 2015.
You lost in 2011, what was wrong?
I could have won the 2011 election in Lagos State if I had contested under a popular party like the PDP. But, I run under APGA platform and the reason why I chose APGA in the first place was because we wanted a platform that had good structure and resources. At that time I was not a member of APGA. I was the national chairman of Action Party of Nigeria (APN). We felt that the Igbo will embrace APGA as an Igbo party.
So, you also engaged in cross carpeting?
I joined PDP shortly after the 2011 elections, I have made personal sacrifices towards the advancement of the party. I have sponsored many party programmes, and also used my personal resources to institute several cases against Tinubu.
Are you not threatened by the presence of such bigwigs as Senator Obanikoro, Jimi Agbaje among others in the race?
I have no problem with the large number of aspirants we have in the PDP today. Let them keep coming. The only thing I know is that for a long time, I declared my intention to be governor a very long time ago. I have been consistent in my quest to get the ACN or APC out of the way. These other fellows who are aspiring under the PDP didn’t believe it was possible.
But now that they know that it is possible to get these pretenders out and the fact that Lagosians are tired of them, they are now coming out to say they want to be governor. Where were they all this while? But to me, that shouldn’t be a problem. Even the Bible says when the good seeds are planted, and the weeds get planted among the good seeds, we should allow both the weeds and the good seeds to grow together.
With time, harvest time will come, we will harvest the good seeds and the bad seeds will be discarded. So, that is my belief. Let everyone come out. So, the people will select the good ones and the unserious ones will be discarded.
There are insinuations that you are only interested in bargaining for appointment at the federal level, and therefore, you should not be taken seriously?
They are just trying to be mischievous. I believe in this cause which is to better the lives of the masses. To do this effectively, I need the power to do that and that power resides in the governorship of the state. So, that is what I want and I am focused on achieving that. Whatever happens, I will not accept to be minister or board chairman. It has nothing to do with my conviction, vision and mission. I cannot accomplish my mission as a minister, ambassador or board member.