A former Minister of Works and Housing, Adeseye Ogunlewe has listed what the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, must do to conquer the stronghold the All Progressives Congress, APC, have in Lagos.
Ogunlewe who was a former member of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) and the PDP stated this in an interview with PUNCH published on Sunday.
Asked how the PDP can win the governorship and senatorial election in Lagos, the APC chieftain listed planning, accommodating all members of the party, choosing the right candidate, having enough money and many others.
Ogunlewe noted that the candidate must be strong politically, adding that a candidate who can’t deliver his polling unit or local government can’t give victory to his party.
He wrote: “Planning. By planning, I mean the conviction to win. If you don’t have the conviction that your party can win then you cannot win; it has to do with your state of your mind. If we want to win an election, what must we do?
“One, we must accommodate all members of the party; all the tendencies. Whether you oppose me, you like me as a leader or you don’t, it should not matter in an election.
“Two; you must have the right candidate; the candidate that must be loved by all. Not a candidate that half will work for and the other half will work against.
“Three; you must have the money and the money must be invested properly and not converted for personal use. Given that the money is meant for a purpose, once you deviate from that purpose you will lose the election.
“Also of importance are your manifesto and personality. The person who is leading you; what is his pedigree; where is his own community; where is he going to vote; can he win in that community? This is because when there is no assurance that the leader will deliver his ward or local government area, that party can never win. It is like contributing to a common purse. In politics that is how to win. That means if you are from Alimosho Local Government, another person is from Ikorodu and another from Epe, what is their respective contribution from their local governments to enable us to win the election?
“So, if you don’t have the commitment, forget it. You can never win an election without the commitment to win; you would only be wasting your time.”