Ashafa canvasses support for Buhari, Osinbajo
• Women group worried about political violence
Despite losing his ambition to return to the National Assembly for the third term in the keenly contested Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries held in October 2018, Senator Gbenga Ashafa has called on Nigerians to Presient Muhammadu Buhari and his deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbanjo, in the presidential election on Saturday.He also urged the people of Lagos to vote for APC governorship candidate, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his running mate, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat on March 2.
Ashafa, who is also a member of the Election Planning and Monitoring Directorate of the APC Presidential Campaign Council yesterday, in conjunction with members of the Magodo Residents Association (MRA), during a door-to-door and town hall campaign, called on the people of Lagos to support the party.
The lawmaker also urged the electorate in Lagos East to support Mr. Bayo Osinowo who he lost to at the APC senatorial primaries in the coming National Assembly elections.Addressing a crowd of APC supporters and residents of Magodo, the lawmaker said it was imperative of Nigerians to re-elect the Buhari/Osinbajo to enable the government continue with what it started since 2015.
According to him, “There could be no better alternative for APC and the Buhari/ Osinbajo ticket for now. They are the ones to take the country to the ‘Next Level’.“One of the factors that distinguished Buhari’s presidency from others in the country is his integrity, transparency, strict disposition towards corruption and commitment to growth and development of Nigeria. These qualities reflected in the compendium of bills he has signed into law in the past 42 months.”
In attendance were the Chairman of MRA, Mr. Jade Niboro, Chief Lanre Obisesan, APC’s supporters from Shomolu, Bariga, Ibeju Lekki, Magodo Shangisha and others. Ashafa also told the electorate to use their ‘apex finger’ to thumb print for their choice on the ballot paper. “It must not be blurred otherwise the vote would be voided. The APC logo on the ballot is broom,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Grassroots Women for Atiku/Obi (GW4AO) has called on Nigerians to support Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Peter Obi on Saturday. Worried by the increasing spate of politically-motivated violence in parts of the country ahead of the elections, said it was important for political actors to embrace peace in their campaigns.
Presenting its position when the group, along with the wife of the Senate president, Mrs. Toyin Ojora Saraki in collaboration with United Women, an entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women said it felt compelled to raise awareness of the urgent need to stem the apparently rising rate of politically-motivated violence.
In a statement, the director-general of the group, Ms Amina Jambo, said the growing level of violence at campaign venues was worrisome. She warned that unless politicians preach peace and encourage their followers to focus on issue-based campaigns, such growing spate of violence was capable of impacting the outcome of the elections negatively.