CHIEF Moshood Salvador, a former member of the House of Representatives and delegate to the 2014 National Conference is seeking to succeed Capt. Tunji Shelle (rtd) as the state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos state. In this interview, he speaks on the forthcoming local government elections in the state boasting that the PDP will defeat the All Progressives Congress , APC, in the state. Excerpts:
By Dapo Akinrefon
Why have you decided to throw your hat into the ring?
You are all living witnesses to the crisis and aggression of all sorts in the party in the past few years. Having seen all these, I believe they will not allow PDP move forward. I didn’t even have plans to become the state chairman of the party. Some leaders of thought, people who genuinely love PDP came to me and appealed that I should assist them handle the mantle of leadership of the party so that the party can be united and move forward.
I am all for a focused, committed and united PDP. I have my plans and I will ensure that nobody will regret that I lead the party in Lagos.
We understand you met some stakeholders of the party recently at the party secretariat where you indicated your interest to contest. What was the response?
I didn’t meet any stakeholder and indicate interest to contest. I was travelling and I passed through the secretariat. I saw LCDA chairmen holding meeting. So, I seized that as an opportunity to encourage them. I told them to go back to their respective wards, work hard because we are approaching congress. We want to encourage giving power back to the people, ensure only credible people are nominated into offices.
There are reports the party has decided to base the chairmanship position on zoning. Are you aware of that?
I think that will be the decision of the party exco. They are the managers of the party. They must have some information before arriving at their decision. My only interest is moving the party forward if the members allow me to do so.
The outgoing Tunji Shelle-led exco recorded significant achievements during the last election, winning six seats in the House of Reps and eight seats in the state House of Assembly. If elected, how will you consolidate on those gains?
That is the principle of capability. I believe the leaders of the party believe I have what it takes to consolidate on those achievements. That is why they came to me. I count it as a big honour and therefore the onus is on me to prove to everybody, the PDP family and the nation that under my leadership, Lagos PDP remains one happy, united family.
There are reports a national leader of the party in the Southwest has refused to give you his blessings. How true is that?
I don’t know any personality of such in Lagos who is against my emergence. If anybody tells you that, it is a lie.
Activities are already in top gear for the conduct of the local government election in Lagos. Do you see your party causing some upset against the APC which is currently in control of the 57 local councils in Lagos?
I can tell you that our local government election in Lagos will come up by August 2016. Whether they like it or not, it has been approved and we are expecting the letter. It is our target. I can assure you and Lagosians that PDP will get better results in the forthcoming local government election.