By Olasunkanmi Akoni
LAGOS—A group, Friends of Waziri Adamawa, FOWA, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Lagos State, has urged Nigerians and residents to vote for former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Mr. Jimi Agbaje of the PDP, as President and Governor of Lagos State, respectively, in the 2019 general elections.
A chieftain of the PDP in Lagos, Chief Amos Olayinka, accompanied by two party stalwarts, Messrs Olisa Phil-Ashiri and Olufemi Folorinsho, made the remarks in Ikeja, weekend, while briefing the media on the commencement of electoral campaigns as scheduled by Independent National Electoral Commission.
Olayinka said: “I am a committed supporter of Atiku and Agbaje. These are the kind of personalities who can lead us out of this economic bondage we have found ourselves. I have no doubt about it.
“The truth must be said, since the assumption of the present administration, Nigerians have gone hungry and angry. These are signs of ugly things to come if care is not taken by the electorate and Nigerians in general.
“We need leaders who can improve on the lives of average Nigerians and not only on godfathers and party leaders and members alone.”
On the fight against corruption, the group maintained that if mechanism of checks and balances were created in the polity, it would automatically kill corruption “and not the hogwash we are having, in the case of EFCC, and the likes.”
On alleged corruption against Atiku by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in his book, Phil-Ashiri, dismissed the statement, describing it as “Obasanjo’s personal view, he is not the conscience of the nation.”
He said: “It will be pretentious to say that Atiku has not performed creditably as Vice President for eight years. His antecedents are there for the people to see. Devoid of sentiment, Atiku created the economic team for Obasanjo which performed very well, in which Obasanjo also led credence to. Obasanjo made the claims out of fear.
“It was during his tenure with Atiku in charge, that Paris Club wrote off Nigeria’s debts. We are not going to trivialise 2019 poll. These personalities, Atiku and Agbaje have done enough to warrant our thrust of Nigeria and Lagos on them.”
Folorunsho on his part, said: “We have gone back to the grassroots and they have assured us of their support. Thoroughly, the grassroots will give us the edge over All Progressives Congress, APC, Just Sanwo-Olu, this time around. We will demystify the myth around Asiwaju Bola Tinubu this time around.”