An All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in Badagry, Alhaji Rabiu Amusa has urged members of the party to remain one and live in harmony to attain victory in the 2019 general election.
Amusa, who aspired for a seat in Badagry Federal constituency but lost in the APC primary election, gave the advice while hosting party members and leaders in his campaign office in Ibereko, Badagry.
He urged his supporters to know that party supremacy surpasses any leader or motive, urging all members to work toward the victory of APC in the coming election.
“All the same, the party leaders should try and look inward before deciding candidates that they will field for election.
“They should not impose candidates on the people. Any candidate chosen should have the full support of his people in order to win the election.
“Candidates who will deliver the dividend of democracy should be chosen for the people, and not people who will stay away from members after the election,” Amusa said.
The chieftain, also known as ARA by his supporters, appealed to APC members to stay firm with the party, warning that decamping to another party now would make them ‘second class citizens’.
He said that he decided to host the members and leaders of APC to show his appreciation for their kind gesture toward him in the quest to represent them in the green chamber.
“We don’t have any other party except APC, we will remain there and salvage it together; this is our party. Going to another party now will only add to our predicament.
“I told my supporters that whether I win or lose the primary, I will always come back, because I believe in feedback mechanism.
“This is why we organised this event to thank the party members for their support during the last primary in Badagry,” he said.
Mr Abraham Iroko, a party leader from Apa, urged members to rally round any candidate of the party for any political office.
Iroko appealed to members to desist from stomach infrastructure politics, saying that politics of rice and ram should be discouraged.
Mr Bolaji Solomon, a party chieftain from Iworo, urged members of the party to emulate Amusa, who despite losing the election, called members together to thank them.
Solomon urged ARA not to relent in his good work to the residents of the coastal town, urging him to contest again during the next primary of the party.
Mr Ashamu Fadipe, former Permanent Secretary, Lagos Ministry of Tourism, urged party members to work for the development of Badagry Division.