‘Stop destroying Sanwo-Olu’s posters’
• Hamzat assures Igbo’s of inclusive government
A stalwart of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Chief Lanre Razak, has appealed to aggrieved party members and his people at Epe in Lagos East Senatorial District to stop destroying or defacing the campaign posters of the party’s gubernatorial candidate in the forthcoming election, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The former Commissioner for Transportation made the appeal at a meeting of all APC stakeholders as well as community and religious leaders held at Jubilee Chalets in Epe.
Razak, who was the convener of the meeting, pleaded with his people to respect the Lagos APC’s decision on the gubernatorial primary poll by backing Sanwo-Olu, President Muhammadu Buhari and other candidates of the party at the elections.
He recalled that the incumbent governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode had earlier appealed to APC leaders and supporters in Epe to vote massively for Sanwo-Olu, stressing that doing otherwise would be the greatest disservice to him and the party.
Razak’s stance was supported by other leaders of APC in Epe division such as Alhaji Akanni Seriki popularly known as Bamu who is also a member of the state’s Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC).
In a statement on Sunday, he advised them not to be angry because their son, Ambode, was denied a second term ticket.
According to him, Epe division occupies one third of the state’s land mass and hosts the Lekki Export Processing Zone, noting that the only way all the on-going capital projects in the area can be completed is for the people to vote en masse for the candidates of the APC because the outgoing governor would not be able to complete them before the expiration of his tenure in May.
Quoting the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC’s) data that Lagos has a total registered voting population of 6,566,142 out of which Epe has 147,035 voters, he cautioned that should they fail to vote for Sanwo-Olu and other local governments vote for him and he wins, Epe people will be the ultimate loser.
“We are confident that our national leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as father to all and a fair minded person will ensure that Epe will not be left out in the scheme of things in the state.”
Meanwhile, the deputy governorship candidate of the party, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat has urged Igbo in Lagos to vote for the party in the coming gubernatorial poll, assuring them that Sanwo-Olu will defend their interest, if elected as governor.
He said the future of Nigeria is assured under an APC administration just as he warned that voting for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which he described as a party without impeccable record of performance would bring a big setback to Nigeria.
Hamzat spoke at the Town Hall meeting organised for Sanwo-Olu by the leaders of ‘Ndigbo in Lagos APC,’ led by the State’s Publicity Secretary, Mr. Joe Igbokwe.
Prominent Igbo leaders and members across the 57 councils of the form from the pre-existing 20 local governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) stormed Surulere where the party chairman, Alhaji Tunde Balogun, said Ndigbo’s votes for the APC would not be in vain.
The event was witnessed by the Eze Ndigbo of Lagos, Dr. Chris Nnachukwu, Lagos Central APC leader Hakeen Bamgbala, a member of Sanwo-Olu Campaign Organisation, Wale Adelana, Chief Chris Ekwilo and House of Assembly members Desmond Elliot and Jude Idimogu.
Hamzat said Sanwo-Olu has promised an all-inclusive government where citizens of the state will have a sense of belonging. He added that the input of all stakeholders to governance would be considered before policy initiation and implementation.
He also urged Igbo to support Buhari.
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