A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode George has stressed the need for the Lagos chapter of the party to be united going into the 2023 elections.
He stressed that 2023 is a time for the leadership of the state to be taken away from ‘strangers’ but the PDP can’t achieve the aim without the unity of its members.
Naija News reports Chief George made the submission on Friday at his Ikoyi residence when he played host to a presidential aspirant and former Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Lagos PDP delegates were also in attendance at the Ikoyi meeting.
This online news platform reports Atiku was in Lagos to woo delegates and plead for their support ahead of the PDP presidential primaries.
Speaking, George said: “it is not in doubt that Atiku knows Nigeria very well and Nigeria knows him too. The next election is the last battle of Berlin and it is necessary that we go into it with all the power and elements that we have.
“In Lagos PDP, we shall be united. It is what we must do to win the next election.
“In this upcoming election, Nigeria needs someone with the experience, capacity and deep knowledge of this country and you, Waziri (Atiku Abubakar), fits into that perfectly.
“We wish you well in your campaign. I like the way you ended your remark about winning Lagos for the people of Lagos. We must end the era of Lagos belonging to a stranger.”
Earlier, Atiku had also emphasized the need for unity among party members in the state. He stressed that the main theme of his campaign is also unity.
He said the PDP must be united and work together in Lagos State and at the national levels to ensure the party wins the forthcoming elections.
“As you all know, the major theme of my campaign is unity. But I think we should share the same gospel of unity with the PDP in Lagos State. This call will require shifting of position and common understanding. But this is the sacrifice that we all have to make to ensure that the PDP wins Lagos State.
“I have talked to leaders and elders of the party inside and I made a similar call on them. I am here with all of you too who are esteemed members of our party to please give the necessary support to our leaders and elders in making sure that the party is united,” Atiku said.