The Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday promised to fight for infrastructural development in Ikorodu Division, if elected in next month’s election.
Besides Igbe and Isawo roads, which his running mate, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, said will be built when the new government is inaugurated in May, the APC flag bearer said he would also build the popular Suleiman-Farouk Road in the heart of the ancient town, as requested by the residents.
Sanwo-Olu said: “I thank all our supporters. Apart from the two roads, which our deputy said will be constructed, we will also construct the Suleiman Road, which you all like. It will be constructed up to Agboyi-Ketu. You have stadia in Ikorodu and Ketu. They will be completed.”
Chiding the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for claiming that Lagos was in bondage, the APC candidate said Ikorodu and other parts of the state were enjoying freedom and dividends of democracy under successive progressive administrations.
Alerting them to the challenge of February 16 and March 2 polls, Sanwo-Olu urged them to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari, himself and his running mate as well as other candidates of the party.
The APC candiate spoke when the party’s campaign train rolled into Ipadoko, Ikorodu, where the party chairman, Tunde Balogun, gave party flags to Sanwo-Olu, Hamzat and parliamentary candidates – Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central), Sikiru Osinnowo (Lagos East), Solomon Adeola (Lagos West), House of Representatives candidate Jimi Benson and House of Assembly candidates Sunai Agunbiade and Tayo Solaja.
Party supporters came from Epe, Isiwo, Ibeshe, Ajowa, Ota-Ikosi, Imota, Ijede, Adamo, Kosofe, Somolu, Ketu, Ikosi, Owode and other towns and villages in Lagos East Senatorial District.
The crowd at the Ikorodu Ferry Jetty Terminal was huge.
The rally, which kicked off around 11.25 a.m, following a prayer by Babatunde Ogele, was orderly.
On stage was ace Fuji musician, King Wasiu Ayinde (aka KI), who was thrilling party supporters to partisan music. Security was tight at the entrance, but party supporters and followers were orderly.
Leaders of ethnic nationalities and many Nollywood actors and actresses, including Remi Surutu, Ayo Adesanya, Taiwo Hassan Ogogo, Mr. Shitta-Bey, Madam saje, Lasun Ray and Adewale Eleso, urged Lagosians to reject the PDP at the polls.
Party leaders at the rally included Deputy Governor Idiat Adebule, Lagos East Leader Pa Busura Alebiosu, Senator Tony Adefuye, Chief Lanre Rasak, Chief Akanni Seriki, Southwest APC Women Leader Chief Kemi Nelson, Lagos APC Women Leader Princess Jumoke Okoya-Thomas, former House of Assembly Speaker Joko Pelumi, Chief Sunny Ajose, Chief Funso Ologunde, Ashipa Kaoli Olusanya, Hakeem Bamgbala, party’s Secretary Dr. Wale Ahmed, Publicity Secretary Joe Igbokwe, Sanwo-Olu’s Campaign Manager Tayo Ayinde, Primate Charles Odugbesi, Tunde Braimoh, Sanwo-Olu’s wife, Dr Ibijoke, Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke and a leader of the Arewa community, Farouk Ahmed.
Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat stormed the venue around 1.30 p.m, holding brooms.
Thanking the crowd, Hamzat, who spoke in Yoruba, said: “Ikorodu-Sagamu Road, which had been abandoned by former President Olusegun Obasanjo and PDP for 16 years is being constructed by President Muhammadu Buhari. Ibese and Obafei Awolowo roads have been constructed. Our candidate, Sanwo-Olu, has asked me to tell you that Igbe and Isawo roads will be constructed. We are not liars. We will fulfil our promises.”
Adebule thanked the people of Ikorodu for trooping out for the rally, assuring that Sanwo-Olu will not disappoint them.
She said: “We are here to preach the gospel of our party. What is the gospel of our party? It is a gospel of growth and development. Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat are tested, trusted, reliable and sellable. They are going to continue to do their best in implementing the developmental agenda of the state; the agenda of infrastructural development and education. I thank you in advance as you vote for the APC.”
Rasak, the Balogun of Epe, advised the people to vote for APC, using their index finger.
He said improper thumb-printing may lead to cancelation of votes.
Urging Lagosians to reject the PDP at the polls, he said: “Lagos has enjoyed dividends of democracy under the progressive administration for 16 years. For 16 years, the PDP looted the treasury. As military and civilian Head of State, Buhari has done well.
“Obasanjo was President for eight years. There was no road between Abeokuta and Ota; there was no road between Lagos and Ibadan. Buhari is the choice of Nigerians because of his love for the masses. I thank Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who, like Chief Obafemi Awolowo, has worked for the progress of the Southwest and Nigeria. Let us look at the genesis of the APC. Asiwaju Tinubu collaborated with other parties to form the APC. We cannot afford to lag behind. Let Lagos give three million votes for APC during the elections.”
Adefuye, who prayed for the success of APC during the elections, described President Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) as blessings to Nigeria, adding that they deserve a second term to consolidate on their achievements.
He said: “Presidential and parliamentary elections are important. Lagosians should vote for President Buhari and other parliamentary candidates of our party. Buhari is a President with a difference. He suspended the Chief Justice for a good reason. Under the PDP, a person, a lady stole $20 billion. Should we vote for PDP for people like that to come back? No!
“I am asking you to vote for Sanwo-Olu. As you vote for Sanwo-Olu, also vote for the House of Assembly candidates. Sanwo-Olu needs them to transform Lagos.”
Nelson, the Yeyesewa of Lagos, said: “We are a party of happy people. On February 16, vote for President Buhari and Prof Osinbajo, our son. We should not be put to shame. Buhari cannot work alone. Therefore, you should vote for our senatorial candidates – Osinnowo, Oluremi Tinubu and Solomon Olamilekan Adeola (aka Yayi).”
Aare, a member of the Governorship Advisory Council (GAC), called for bloc votes for the APC presidential, governorship and parliamentary candidates, using the index finger.
Igbokwe, who spoke in Igbo, urged Southeasterners living in Lagos to vote for Sanwo-Olu, assuring that their votes will not be in vain.
Taiwo Hassan (aka Ogogo), the actor, said: “The Noah’s Ark is standing. Please, enter with your votes for the APC.”
Get real time update about this post categories directly on your device, subscribe now.