UDM mayoral candidate for Nelson Mandela Bay Mongameli Bobani (Photo supplied)
Port Elizabeth – The UDM's mayoral candidate for the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, Mongameli Bobani, is confident the party will win 40 wards in this year's local government elections.
"We will be happy with 35 wards but we are targeting 40 wards," the ever-confident PR councillor told News24.
Bobani has been campaigning since the party's landslide win in the former ANC stronghold, ward 30, during last year's by-election.
He said this was the first step in solidifying the UDM's grip on the metro.
"When we won that election, we showed the ANC what we were capable off. We became a force to be reckoned with. We prove ourselves time and time again, not only to our constituents but to ANC supporters," he said.
"Everyone is welcome in my office and people know this. Daily, we have at least 20 people coming in for help. Even ANC councillors come to my office.
‘We are dedicated, we are hungry to lead’
"It's the only office that is always open to residents. We have built a trust with the community of this region and it’s because of our hard work."
With 14 years as a councillor, Bobani, a father of five, said his wealth of experience made him the better mayoral candidate.
"I know the region. I understand the needs of the people. I have also seen the mistakes made by the ANC. The UDM is a smaller party but we are dedicated and we [are] hungry to lead the people to better themselves."
Bobani said his focus would be on job creation, service delivery and eradicating corruption.
"The ANC has failed us... The job of the UDM is to ensure that the metro is thriving again. We will start from scratch but we plan to start [on] a clean slate."
Bobani said the UDM had no intention of forming a coalition.
"We are in it to win it. Coalitions are not on the table for now. Until the war for this metro is over, we are lone rangers," he said.