Ahead of the 2023 Gubernatorial elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday 6th of March disclosed that Abdul-Azeez Adediran, Jandor, the party’s governorship candidate, is not stepping down for any candidate. The party described the merger rumours making rounds as speculations, as there is no “official conversation” between the party and Labour Party (LP).
In the build-up to the March 11 governorship and House of Assembly elections, LP candidate, Rhodes-Vivour reportedly said that he is talking with “the real owners of PDP structure in Lagos State” for a possible merger, however, PDP has debunked such news.
According to Lagos PDP spokesperson, Hakeem Amode, “Lagos state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has debunked claims by the Labour Party Candidate PDP Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour that he’s talking with what he called “the real owners of PDP structure in Lagos State”, saying the statement as credited to the Labour Party candidate came as a disrespect to PDP, as no one can lay claims to the ownership structure of the PDP,” the statement reads.
“PDP is a proper democratic party and it’s only the state executive of the party as recognised by the national body can be described as the custodian of the PDP under the leadership of the party’s governorship candidate Dr Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran (Jandor).
“So whoever Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour is talking to is only representing themselves and not Lagos PDP, as no official conversation across the two-party lines at the moment, and Jandor is NOT planning to step down for any candidate.
“It is important at this time to issue this statement due to a recent statement credited to Mr Rhodes-Vivour and purported message broadcasted on a Twitter handle @zuccinille who claimed that Jandor will collapse his structure to work for a certain political party.
“Jandor as a candidate in this election achieved making the Jandor brand a household name in Lagos on his own merit due to his immense hard work, and he’s not riding on any sudden waves.”