Sanwo-Olu charges new council chairmen to prioritise people’s welfare
Youth Party’s councillorship candidate calls for re-run in Lekki
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has implored the newly-elected local council chairmen and their deputies, who were sworn-in, yesterday, to give their very best and ensure that the welfare and well-being of the people take precedence in all their decisions.
He said that any gap or shortcomings in local council administration would be keenly felt by the people.
Sanwo-Olu, who spoke at the swearing-in ceremony, said they were elected to serve the people and so should put them first in all that they do, and that they have a responsibility to ensure that they do not let them down in any way or form.
The governor noted that the newly-elected officers are assuming political roles as chairmen at a very challenging time in the nation’s life.
“No aspect of the local, national and global economies has been left untouched. Against this backdrop therefore, the citizens continue to rightly clamour for and expect good governance, policy-making and implementation that will enable them navigate these difficult times and emerge from it all on a solid socio-economic footing. It is our responsibility and burden as the leaders they have elected to live up to their expectations. I, therefore, say to you that they are expecting much from you,” he said.
MEANWHILE, the councillorship candidate of Youth Party for Ward A, Eti-Osa Local Council (Lekki and environs), Tari Taylaur, has called for a re-run of the elections in her ward, citing systemic voters’ suppression, intimidation and ballot stuffing.
She said: “Although there was no level playing field, our party won comfortably in several polling units. We were excluded from all processes leading to the election. Supporters that registered to vote after 2018 were excluded from election by administrative fiat. Our votes were suppressed by the late arrival of voting materials, leading many of the voters to leave the polling units without casting their votes.
“Materials arrived at 3:15 p.m. for polls that closed at 3:00 p.m. in some places. Votes were cast in non-designated locations and inaccessible places, including a palace.”
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