By; AMOS MATHEW, Kaduna
The People’s Trust in Lagos State working in alliance with thirty 30 other political parties in the third force movement of Nigeria is set to embark on a state wide rally and mobilisation of political stakeholders in Lagos state to enable the electorate and voters in Lagos explore the political rift between, APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his estranged god son, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state in order to popularly determine who becomes the next Governor of the State
A statement signed by Lagos State Publicity Secretary People’s Trust (PT), Dr Segun Awe Obe said that the People’s Trust, is a new mega national party of credible fresh breed political leaders in the third force movement of Nigeria led by human rights Icon, Dr Olisa Agbakoba SAN and the Son of Former Prime Minister of Nigeria, Dr Abduljalil Tafawa Balewa leading a grand alliance of political parties towards a ballot based political revolution in Nigeria come 2019
“However, following the signal from the Osun gubernatorial elections and the impetus received from our parent body, Nigeria Intervention Movement (NIM) on Monday, we have decided to launch a ‘Grand alliance for New Democratic Lagos’ and therefore set to commence our planned stakeholders consultations in Lagos state tomorrow, Wednesday at the Lagos state Secretariat of Peoples Trust in Ogba, Ikeja, Lagos, where stakeholders from across the 30 political parties will converge for a major consultative rally on the way forward on our resolve against godfather politics and imposition of candidates in Lagos State
“Again, let us also state clearly that this is entirely a Lagos affair and our grand mobilisation is purely against the imposition of anointed candidates in Lagos by god fathers and power brokers as this is the only strategic way to deter self serving political godfathers and power brokers in country from actions tending towards taking electorate and voters for a ride.
“Furthermore, judging by the outcome of the Osun elections, we are indeed very optimistic and quite upbeat that our movement is now in a better situation to galvanise political stakeholders and electorate in Lagos to take advantage of the heightening power tussle within the ruling APC in ensuring that the third force and the Lagos Voters produce the next Governor of Lagos state in 2019,” it stated.
They strongly viewed the unfortunate power display of a clique of King makers of the ruling APC in Lagos as a mockery of internal party democracy as it also demeans the value and power of the teeming electorate and voting populace in Lagos to the effect that they can jettison the performance of Ambode, who is regarded as the whiz-kid of development in Lagos for the blind loyalty of their political crony and protégé
“Finally, the Osun Governorship elections could not have come at a better time than this as the outcome has turned out to be a signpost of what is to happen in Lagos and other progressive states in 2019.
“We are therefore of the firm opinion that the electorate should be wise enough this time around to reject any anointed candidate of APC power brokers, as the undemocratic attempt of Lagos king makers to deny Ambode his second term in office should really send a strong signal to the Lagos electorate and voters that their power and mandate are already being undermined for them to rise in defence of their electoral power,” they stated.