By Itohan Abara-Laserian
Mr Jimi Agbaje, the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, on Wednesday said that the party would work very hard to ensure victory at the 2019 elections.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Agbaje made the assertion during the flag-off ceremony of the Lagos PDP “Ward-to-Ward Group’’ initiative which took place at the party’s Head Office in Lagos.
Agbaje, represented by Mr Dele Segun, identified two areas which had before now, affected the party, they include: dedicated agents and active presence at collating centres.
“The Ward-to-Ward initiative is a call to duty that will ensure our victory at the Presidential, Governorship, Senatorial and House of Assembly Elections in 2019.
“Members should come out en masse and actively engage in door to door campaigns which will not be by mouth but by our actions to ensure we succeed.
“There are two areas (the choice of agents and present cell at collating centres) where we have not done very well and we are working hard to eliminate such recurrences.
“We should, by now, begin to pick our agents and build a relationship with them and not engage in emergency agent selection.
“Also, we should be physically present at the collating centres; if it means making provisions for food, logistics, security and others, we will do,’’ he said.
The two-time governorship aspirant urged members not to take politics as a do or die affair but should be vigilant at all times.
Agbaje promised to look critically at providing logistics and mobilisation to ensure that the Ward-to-Ward achieved its objective.
Mrs Caro Osagie, the Chairperson of the Lagos Ward-to-Ward campaign, during her inaugural speech, said that all members were now campaigners.
Osagie said that the initiative was to ensure the party’s active presence at the ward level of the state to mobilise for candidates.
“The National Ward-to-Ward will be inaugurated soon, but before then, we got the go ahead from our national leader and the presidential candidate.
“We are ready to go to the streets for massive campaigns. We are rooted in the grassroots to ensure a successful 2019,’’ she said.
NAN reports that all the members that were present were sworn in as members of Ward-to-Ward campaign group.
The Ward-to-Ward campaign will officially kick-off on Dec. 13 at the Ikorodu Constituency 1.