Lagos - The Lagos State Chapter of the
People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday said it could not afford to be in
opposition in the state for more than four years.
The state Publicity Secretary of the Party, Mr Taofik Gani,
said on the sidelines of the
presentation of Certificates of Return to elected political office holders in
INEC, at the event, presented certificates to 29
candidates who emerged winners in the just concluded general elections,
including the Lagos State Governor-Elect, Mr Akinwumi Ambode of the All
Ambode had polled 811, 994 votes to beat Mr Jimi Agbaje, the
PDP governorship candidate, who came second with 659, 788 votes in the April 11
The PDP, however, won some seats in the House of
Representatives in some Federal Constituencies in the state and in the state
House of Assembly.
Gani said that the party would eventually get the
governorship seat in future.
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"We will go back to our strategy table because we
cannot afford to be in opposition for more than four years.
"We commend ourselves, we made a long leap. This is the
first time the PDP has recorded such winnings. We now have seats in the House
of Representatives and House of Assembly.
"We are indeed very excited. We want it to be known
that we won more seats but lost out to manipulation," he said.
Gani said that the party had re-oriented its members who won
House of Representatives and House of Assembly seats not to see themselves as
PDP members but as representatives of the people.
"They are not going to be antagonistic but to
contribute their quota to the growth of the country.
"The opposition we will play will fundamentally be
constructive and not destructive.
"Indeed, it is the opposition the APC played that gave
them power. We will be constructive in our criticism and ensure that we engage
those in power meaningfully," he said.