…says primary and secondary education will be free and compulsory under his watch
Lagos Governorship hopeful, Dr. Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran (Jandor) has formally declared his intention to vie for the Lagos governorship seat under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2023. Jandor made the declaration at an elaborate event witnessed by PDP big wigs across the state. The declaration comes days after Jandor along with other Lagos PDP chieftains obtained the Nomination and Expression of Interest forms at the Wadata Plaza, national headquarters of the PDP.
Recall also that Jandor became the first aspirant to purchase the Lagos Guber nomination among the aspirants in the PDP. Jandor’s purchase of Nomination form and this formal declaration has confirmed his readiness and seriousness in the Lagos PDP race for the party’s ticket. In his remarks, Jandor went memory lane to trace his humble beginnings as a young lad in Mushin where he struggled through dint of hard-work to start a career in broadcast journalism before veering off into media consultancy and later as a successful serial entrepreneur.
Jandor also recalled the early moments of the seven-year journey that has transformed into a political behemoth: He said: “We knew from the onset that we had to be independent and that called for our grassroots mobilization drive. We created the necessary implosion within the APC to weaken the party’s structure and the result is what we see today.” Speaking on the forthcoming Guber primary slated for May 21, Jandor re-affirmed his commitment to win while working harmoniously with everyone in the party.
He said: “Every other aspirant in PDP is qualified and so what is important is to win for the party. Our concern must be to win Lagos for PDP. Let’s put our best foot forward and send APC packing in 2023”. He also dismissed insinuations that he was in the PDP to hijack the party. While debunking wild speculation that he would decamp to the APC after winning the Guber election, Jandor noted that there was no basis for anyone to express fears on Jandor sidelining the party chieftains if he wins the party. He restated that only a united PDP with implosion created in APC by Jandor can defeat the APC.
Speaking further, Jandor berated the APC-LED Lagos government for shortchanging the state in terms of development and governance despite the huge revenue accrued to it in the last two decades. Apparently responding to the plight of physically challenged people in the state as expressed by Raji Barnabas, a people with disabilities (PWD) thought leader and a Lagos4Lagos State Ex-Officio who bemoaned the fate of the physically challenged people in Lagos, Jandor revealed that he would create a ministry of Disabilities to cater for People with disabilities in the state. He also promised a free and compulsory primary and secondary education in the state when elected Governor come 2023.
In his homily, former chaplain of the State House, Rev Funsho Awe noted that it was time for Lagosians to take their destinies in their hands. The cleric urged the people to rally round the aspiration of the Lagos4Lagos convener to free the state from over two decades of Godfatherism and autocracy.
Chairman of N’digbo in Lagos4Lagos, Dr. Jonathan Nnaji stated that the Igbo people in Lagos are ardent believers of the political philosophy of Jandor. He added that the N’digbo in Lagos have never had it promising to have an Igbo friendly governor led by Jandor under the PDP, a traditional party for the N’digbo. He expressed confidence that a PDP led Government will reverse the draconian policies of the present APC led Government that are mostly unfavourable to N’digbo.