Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Dr. AbdulAzeez Olajide Adediran aka Jandor has promised to reduce the excesses of motor touts in the state if he is voted into office.
Adediran, who visited leaders of
Ndigboamaka Progressive Markets Association, umbrella body of 58 market associations in the state at their secretariat in Apple Junction, Amuwo Odofin on Friday, October 28, said that time had come for the state to have a government that identifies with the people
The Lead Visioner of Lagos-4-Lagos Movement commended the traders, who he said have done a lot for the state economically, adding that the state has been having a government that does not know what that economy means.
“The government ought to make the process of economic activities easy, but they make the process harsh.
“What we stand for is to ask for a breath of fresh air and that is what you have stood for by looking the other way during elections and vote for our party.
“Long before now, I knew I everything that is happening in the state. I was not a candidate when the fire incident happened in Ladipo Market and I went there to sympathise with the people and let them know that we need a fire service station there.
“Look at Alaba Market, how can a business settlement that carries out business activities that are worth N300 billion yearly be disturbed by members of the National Union of NURTW. When I get into office, whoever tries to do such would be sent to prison.
“I won’t close any market for one day, I would rather sanction the executive because closing it means you are taking the means of life of some people from them. What we want is partnership,” he said.
The Governorship Candidate told the people to choose between a breath of fresh air and maintaining the status quo.
He revealed that his team has been going round the 245 wards in the state so that he could know the state from the back of his hand.
While promising the people a better tomorrow, he said that he didn’t have money, but that he had what his opponent don’t have.
He said: “They are so poor that the only thing they have is money. You will have an independent Governor in Jandor, who does not have any godfather.
“This is what Lagos needs at this point. All the nonsense being done on our roads by members of the NURTW are due to leadership problem, once I get there, this will stop.
“We want a Lagos that is rich and you can see the riches on the streets of Lagos. Look at the turnover in Alaba and look at the state of roads from there to Sibiri.
“2023 is for us to take, the next election is not the one you can rig. I was coming from the APC. We know how they disturbed the Igbos before and all their foot soldiers are now in the PDP.
“We will have a Government we can call our own. I have never been in government before or appointed into office. They will come with money that they ought to use for Badagry express road, take the money, but vote your conscience.”
Jandor promised his hosts that he would ensure that Certificates of Occupancy are issued as at when due once anyone can prove that a land has been sold land to him, adding that the payment would be standard for everybody; either Igbo or Yoruba.
He also promised the traders that there would be security on election day, and that the ruling party has been on the defensive since the campaign started.
“Yesterday, they said 5,000 people defected from Jandor and not even from the PDP, to APC. They got about 25 people to wear our uniform, but we don’t know them. It is the desperation of a drowning Government.
“Talking about defection, we have seen people defecting, but I will be occupying an executive position, so I am not going to leave the PDP and be a floor member in another party.
“We want to birth a new Lagos that will be for everybody and we will sit and plan together.
“It will be a Lagos that even an Igbo man would be in LASTMA and so you can see a man that would understand your language. We are not saying that people should commit crime, but we will let you see reason why you should not do the wrong thing,” he said.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Vice President of the association, Chief Tochukwu Ezeani, stated that the PDP is the only party that allows the Igbos to contest elections in Lagos State.
Ezeani said that other parties only allow them to vote, but that Dr. AbdulAzeez Olajide Adediran loves Igbos.
“Personally, I admire Jandor, he has vision and he has been identifying with us even before he got into the contest.
“We have leaders of about 58 markets here. We have heard you, but when you come back, we will give you our answer” he said.