A Peoples Democratic Party chieftain in Lagos State, Ganiu Taofik, says the gate of the PDP is wide open to accommodate ex-governor Akinwunmi Ambode and any politician willing to abide by the rules of the party. Taofik, who made this known in an exclusive chat with The PUNCH on Tuesday, also said Ambode has some chances to return as Lagos governor in 2023 if he joins the PDP. The former PDP spokesman in Lagos affirmed that the PDP would allow as many politicians as possible to try their popularity using the partyâ€™s platform, expressing confidence that the PDP would displace the All Progressives Congress in Lagos in the next governorship election. The PUNCH had earlier reported that Ambode, who was Lagos governor between 2015 and 2019, appreciated Lagosians on Tuesday for endorsing his contributions to the development of the state. The 58-year-old All Progressives Congress chieftain also urged youths to get their Permanent Voters Cards ahead of the 2023 general elections. In a Facebook post on Tuesday, he wrote, â€œAfter all we have been through, God has been faithful. Thank you for the overwhelming endorsement of our modest contributions to the growth of Lagos. It can only get better for Lagos, and indeed Nigeria. The youths are coming. The power is in their hands. Go and get your Permanent Voters Card (PVC) ready. Your future is NOW!â€ Ambode was said to have been kicked out in 2019 at the APC primary after the partyâ€™s leader and strong man of Lagos politics, Bola Tinubu, anointed Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Like Sanwo-Olu, Ambode is constitutionally allowed to be in office for one more term of four years if the electorate so decide. Ambodeâ€™s Facebook post on Tuesday has since sparked public discourse as to whether he wants to run for office in 2023 but he has not declared any intention. Efforts to reach the Ambode for comments proved abortive as of press time as one of his aides contacted by our correspondent decline comments on the political future of the ex-governor. But speaking with our correspondent on Tuesday, Taofik said, â€œThe PDP is a political party, the gate is widely open; you can come in and come out as long as you abide by the regulations of the party, especially when you are seen as an asset, you will definitely be a beautiful bride. â€œAnybody can join the party and we are ready to allow as many as possible to try their popularity using our platform. Asked whether the persons allowed to join the PDP include Ambode, the PDP chieftain said, â€œOf course, and any other person.â€ On the chances of Ambode in the PDP, Taofik said, â€œHe should have (some chances) having been a governor of the state. He sure would have people who love him and of course, people whom he may have stepped on their toes as well. â€œBut for us, we wonâ€™t want to make any mistake this time by looking at a direction but we are making the party a platform that anybody wants to join going into 2023.â€ On whether the PDP had reached out to Ambode to join the party at any time, Taofik said, â€œOfficially, not to my knowledge but I know that for somebody like a former governor, there is no doubt that a serious political party would have reached out to such a person but I donâ€™t have an official report on whether he has been reached.â€ The ex-Lagos PDP spokesman noted that the party would watch out for the mistakes of APC all over the country and capitalise on its errors to become the darling of Nigerians in 2023.
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