PDP candidate in Lagos receives return certificate, seeks co-contestants’ collaboration for growth


Honourable Francis Bartholomew Chima, winner of the recent primary for Ajeromi Ifelodun Federal Constituency in Lagos State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has appealed to fellow contestants to join him in moving the party forward in the constituency.

He made this known following the presentation of his certificate of return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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Hon. Chima who is popularly known as ‘OmoBarca’ thanked delegates of Ajeromi Ifelodun for bestowing their trust in him.

The renowned philanthropist and politician who disclosed this in a press statement issued by his campaign team and made available to journalists appealed to his fellow contestants to sheathe their swords and join him to move the PDP forward in Ajeromi Ifelodun constituency.

The statement read, “Let me start by giving glory and honor to the Almighty God for making this day a reality. I am humbled by His special love and grace upon me which has brought me this far and I believe that His light will continue to shine upon us and see us through the remaining hurdles ahead.

“We started this journey just like every story has it’s own beginning. Many took us for granted, some called our bluff but only a few believed it was possible. So we marched on. Putting God first in everything we did and today from the aspiration of one man and the dream of a people seeking true representation a new movement is born, a movement of emancipation from the old to a new normal, from the chains of political slavery to the glamour of democratic freedom.”

He however appealed to members of the party to sustain the momentum ahead of the 2023 general elections.

“Ladies and gentlemen, with all humility, I hereby present to you the long awaited “Certificate of Return”, confirming me the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party for Ajeromi Ifelodun Federal Constituency- House of Representatives.

“It is our mandate, it is our collective responsibility to protect and nurture it to victory in 2023.

I cannot do this alone so I call on my fellow aspirants who went through this exciting journey with me; Hon. Rita Odichinma Orji, Hon. Emilia Ezeude and Hon. Oladipupo Wilson Diriwari to join me so together we can deliver victory for PDP in Ajeromi Ifelodun LGA.

“Our unity at this point is sacrosanct hence my desire for all camps and caucuses to join forces for the common good of the Ajegunle masses. We cannot afford to jeopardize this God given opportunity to save our people from bad governance. Let our loyalty to the party be reflective in the actions that we take going forward.

“It is my sincere desire to represent the interest of the Ajegunle people, I have repeatedly said that while in office by the special grace of God come 2023, everything that belongs to the people will go to the people and here I am repeating it. As you know, I am a man of my words. My tenure will be an all inclusive tenure, bringing accountability to the fore. With my integrity intact, Ajegunle will be placed and recognized in the map of the world.


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