28th September, 2010
A PDP stalwart in Lagos State, Barrister Owolabi Salis, has emphasised the need for theÂ state wing to embark on an aggressive membership drive, aimed at expanding the frontiersÂ of the party, in order to give it the necessary leverage for victory in 2011.
He emphasised that victory in Lagos was particularly important in view of the strategicÂ significance of the state, not only as the economic and commercial capital of Nigeria andÂ West Africa but also the melting pot of diverse ethnic groups in the nation, which wouldÂ add a psychological morale boost and virility to the mainstream PDP.
In pursuit of this objective, the Wall Street, New York, USA attorney, who has declaredÂ his interest in the Lagos governorship race, said he has procured 10,000 PDP membershipÂ voter cards meant to be distributed to all the local governments in the state.
â€œIt is perhaps pertinent to emphasise here that I did a research and discovered, to myÂ chagrin, that a lot of people are actually fed up with the ruling government in LagosÂ State because of its cosmetic administration and are only waiting to be prodded to crossÂ over to another party.
â€œIt is my belief that this category of disenchanted people need to be actively mobilised.Â We do not necessarily have to wait for them, we need to find a way of beckoning on themÂ and moblise them through little incentives and intensified enlightenment campaigns onÂ what the PDP stands for and how to enlist as a member.