DA leader candidate Adrian Naidoo realistic about chances

2015-05-09 11:02
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Port Elizabeth - DA party leader candidate Adrian Naidoo said he is realistic about his chances of winning the highly contested position on Sunday when delegates elect a new leader at the 2015 Federal Congress in Port Elizabeth.

“But whatever the outcome is tomorrow [Sunday] I will be supporting the winner 100%,” the Johannesburg based entrepreneur told News24 on Saturday.

Naidoo, who is one of four candidates vying for the party’s top position, said he could not attend the opening of the congress due to “a personal family crisis”.

“I am still running for the top position, I just have had a personal family crisis to attend to this morning, I will try and make it to the congress by later today [Saturday] or tomorrow [Sunday],” said Naidoo.

On Sunday delegates are expected to choose between, Naidoo, Wilmot James, Mmusi Maimane, and another party member Morgan Oliphant.

Passionate about South Africa

Naidoo said he holds a Bachelor of Arts from AFDA. He told News24 that he joined the DA last year and decided to contest because he was passionate about South Africa.

“In my opinion the future of this country sits in the hands of the youth and as the youth we need to start taking responsibility of that future. I would like to be at the forefront of that and lead by example,” said Naidoo.

He said his campaign slogan was The DA of Tomorrow is here Today.

“My manifesto is that I would like to create an innovative and progressive DA. I would like to develop the DA that aspires to be the ruling party rather than the opposition. I would like to create a party that listens and represents all South Africans,” adding that his campaign was more of a personal one.

“I have addressed all the delegates on email and I will be getting in touch with them today and answer any questions they may have for me.

“I wanted to create a conversation with the delegates rather than handing out pamphlets. I think in an election like this where there are two very high profile candidates I knew that anything that I do will be overshadowed by their aggressive campaigning,” said Naidoo.

Money not an issue

He said money was not an issue during his campaign.

“I am a Gauteng based entrepreneur and my campaign was self-funded so I was lucky that I was not limited in my campaign.

“I am following Athol Trollip and Mmusi Maimane and have chosen to stay within the rules and not disclose how much I spent on my campaign,” he said.

For Naidoo the election was about working together with other leaders to build a stronger party, he said.

“Although I am fairly new in the party, I joined last year, I am very passionate about the party and what it stands for,” said Naidoo.

“I really admire Tony Leon but it was just unfortunate that I was unable to make it to the congress this morning.”

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