The Lagos State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its governorship candidate, Mr Jimi Agbaje, have described Saturday’s mega rally organised by the All Progressives Congress, APC, as a no issue and a signal that Nigerians have rejected the APC. On his part, Mr Jimi Agbaje, in a statement by his media director, Felix Obaogwina said the rally was a sham and a flop.
Mr Agbaje, who is the PDP governorship candidate said that the APC rally was ignored by Lagosians and Nigerians in a clearly damning verdict. Calling on Nigerians to discountenance the rally as a no-event, he said “So much for APC’s so-called one million man march, which did not garner even up to a tenth of its projected participants. In shunning the rally, Nigerians have demonstrated that they want nothing to do with the ruling party in Lagos State.
It is a damning signal for APC and its leaders. And they had better read the handwriting on the wall and prepare for the worst defeat of their lives.” In a statement by the state Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Taofik Gani, the Lagos PDP said the One Million Man march organised by the APC to support its presidential candidate was tattered and poorly coordinated, adding that it exposes the Lagos State APC as fatigued of ideas to continue governing the state.
The party described as blatant falsehood and over exaggeration of the number of attendees which the APC continues to put at one million probably to give General Muhammadu Buhari false hope in Lagos State. According to the PDP, the capacity of the Stadium used is 24,325 and could not have accommodated over 100,000 without stampede.
The party said that the APC was over ambitious to expect one million lovers of APC in Lagos State at this period that the masses are disenchanted with its policies. “A reason why Governor Babatunde Fashola could not attend the rally?” It posits that the realistic figure of about 11,000 APC members actually participated due to coercion or monetary inducement.