Group backs Tinubu’s presidential aspiration, endorse Sanwo-Olu’s re-election
A grassroots political group, Team Lagos Nigeria, has drummed support for the presidential aspiration of National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and also campaigned for the re-election of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The group charged supporters to obtain their Permanent Voters Card and participate fully in the 2023 general elections, saying it is the only way to achieve victory.
The event was attended by over 100,000 Lagosians including Chairman of Lagos State Parks and Garage Management Committee, Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya (MC Oluomo); fuji music maestro and Mayegun of Yorubaland, Alhaji Wasiu Anifowoshe; Chairman, Conference of 57 Local Government and Local Councils Development Areas, Kolade Alabi; Conference 57 Secretary-General, Rasaq Ajala and Nollywood stars.
Supporters were drawn from southwest states including Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Kwara, Ekiti and others.
The crowd, dressed in customised shirts and face caps, converged at Sky Power in Ikeja, GRA.
Director-General of Team Lagos Nigeria in the Southwest, Chief Anthony Adeboye, described the group as a formidable grassroots organisation constituted by Asiwaju Tinubu.
Director-General of Team Lagos Nigeria in Southwest Chief Anthony Adeboye said the group was a formidable grass-root political group constituted by Asiwaju Tinubu.
“Team Lagos Nigeria has been in existence since 1999 to promote good governance and working harmoniously with all political leaders and officeholders to bridge the gaps between the grass root and the people in government,” he said.
He added that the team has worked harmoniously with four different governors – Asiwaju Tinubu, Babatunde Fashola, Akinwunmi Ambode and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who he said has been a strong pillar and life patron of the group.
He said through Team Lagos Nigeria, Asiwaju Tinubu has empowered thousands of helpless Nigerians.
Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Elegushi, hailed the group.
He said Asiwaju Tinubu has done a lot for Nigerians and it’s a payback time for him.
He urged people to keep the tempo high to ensure victory for Tinubu.
Conference 57 Chairman Kolade Alabi said he wasn’t with the crowd mobilised by the group going by their antecedents.
Asiwaju Tinubu, Alabi said, is more than prepared to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to him, Nigerians will rejoice and more progress would be recorded if Tinubu is elected as President.
“President Buhari has done a lot. He needs an enigma with a strong political will to consolidate his achievements. This is why we are all clamouring for our leader Asiwaju Tinubu to succeed him,” he said.
Alabi urged Lagosians to vote massively for Governor Sanwo-Olu during next year’s poll.
All Progressives Congress (APC) Lagos State Women Leader Jumoke Okoya-Thomas applauded Team Lagos Nigeria for a good job.
She implored women to support Asiwaju Tinubu’s aspiration so as to get them more slots in governance.
“Asiwaju has put women as leaders in politics. Endeavour to get your Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) and encourage other women to do the same. This is time to do the work,” he said.
Alhaji Akinsanya (MC Oluomo) thanked the crowd for honouring Asiwaju Tinubu and Governor Sanwo-Olu.
He urged those without PVC to go and get theirs.
“This coming election is about numbers and we want to turn out over four million votes for Asiwaju Tinubu in Lagos. It is doable if we all go get our PVC. Lagos has an over 20 million population with youths constituting the majority. Let’s use our votes to entrench good governance by voting en-mass for Jagaba (Tinubu),” he said.
Alhaji Anifowoshe (K1), who is the Chairman of Team Lagos Nigeria, appealed to all party leaders to endorse Asiwaju Tinubu as the APC Presidential flag-bearer.
According to him, Tinubu has sacrificed enough for the party, adding that it is time for the party to pay him back by giving him the Presidential ticket.
He also entertained the crowd with good music. He was joined on the stage by Temitope Adekunle (aka Small Doctor) and other musicians.
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