Lagos gubernatorial hopeful, Babatunde Gbadamosi has decided to raise fund to pay the N15 million fee for governorship nomination form of the Labour Party (LP).
Gbadamosi who contended for the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but lost out has dumped the PDP for the Labour Party.
He said the feasibility to contest the 2023 governorship election in Lagos State depends on ability to raise the fee for nomination through donation from people that wish he could be the next governor of the state. He added that his hope of contesting was revived by demand by his numerous supporters to latch unto the opportunity provided by the Labour Party.
The politician took to his tweeter handle to appeal to his supporters to donate money to a dedicated bank account for the purpose of obtaining the LP form before the August 12th, 2022 deadline for final substitution of Gubernatorial candidates by parties. He had earlier contested in the governorship race in 2011 and 2015 under the PDP platform.
In both years, he failed to secure the party’s ticket and lost to Ade Dosunmu in 2011 and Jimi Agbaje in 2015. And in 2019, he contested the governorship election on the platform of the African Democratic Party (ADP) but lost to the incumbent governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the APC, after which he rejoined the PDP in 2020.
Gbadamosi in his tweet said “while it is true that Lagos needs rescuing from the clutches of those who have turned it into their ATM, it is true too that because of their looting of that ATM, the effort will be an uphill task that will require immense resources, from my personal experience,” he wrote.
“At this point in time, having almost single-handedly contested two major elections back-to-back within two years in 2019 and 2020 (Gubernatorial and Senatorial bye-election), I’m afraid I’m all tapped out “I simply do not have the resources to engage in another electoral adventure, even if the odds seem to favour the Labour Party, provided they can present a solid, politically credible, articulate, knowledgeable, experienced & courageous candidate in Lagos right now.”
“My political experience has taught me that you cannot rescue people who are not interested in being rescued. The only way I can believe Lagosians are ready for true freedom from the Jagajagabandits is when I see true commitment.”
“I am told the Labour Party Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms cost ₦15m, and there is a fee for waiver, that could bring the total to up to N20m. INEC deadline for final substitution of Gubernatorial candidates is August 12th, 2022.
“If truly, you’re interested in getting me to run, it is time to put your money where your mouth is, and go get me the Labour party form, because honestly, I really no get shishi to give.”