•Report by Kamil Opeyemi
The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Abdul-Azeez Adediran has ruled out possibility of an alliance with his counterpart of the Labour Party (LP), Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour.
Suggestions for an agreement became intense after Labour Party’s shocking victory in the presidential poll where Peter Obi of Labour Party won the state with over 10,000 votes.
The PDP candidate while speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday said there is no plan to align with the LP.
According to him, when the governorship “project” started years ago, it was beyond a desire to become governor.
“If it’s to be governor, I could have been governor where I was coming from, but I chose this route,” he said.
He noted that when talks of an alliance began flying around, the PDP tabled the matter, “even though we (Gbadebo and I) haven’t sat together to discuss it.”
He added, “We came ourselves to look at the issue and say, ‘Within us, what do we want to do? Do we want to put an end to a dynasty that has held us by the jugular for over two decades? Where do we go from here?”
According to him, the party decided to analyse every issue critically.
“We now discovered that the Labour Party candidate still has a case on his candidacy which is currently at the Supreme Court, we looked at it again that the Labour Party candidate also has an issue with Section 77 of the Electoral Act, which says if you’re leaving a particular party to another one, you must have been there, at least, for one month, that is, the party register would have been with INEC 30 days before that party primary,” he said.
While explaining that the legal issue could come up in a post-election litigation, he said he would rather not be “sitting on a keg of gunpowder”.
Jandor added, “For us, we don’t have a problem, we would have said to Rhodes-Vivour, ‘Go on, let’s just take this, APC government out’ .
“But knowing full well who we’re dealing with; we know the kind of character we’re dealing with, we know what can happen – there’s no point sitting on a keg of gunpowder.
“So, for us, we want an alliance; we don’t have any issue with it. But we must put our best foot forward. We must make sure that we go into this election without any snag whatsoever.”