Dr Abdul Hakeem Abdul Lateef, the Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, has advised Lagosians to vote for Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the flag bearer of the All Progressive Congress (APC), as the next Governor of Lagos State in the forthcoming 2019 election.
Abdul Lateef stated this at a rally organised by the Itesiwaju Eko Foundation in Ejigbo Mini-Stadium, Oshodi-Isolo at the weekend in Lagos.
He said the call became necessary “so that the lofty, progressive and time-tested policies and programmes started in 1999 during the regime of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to Raji Fashola and Mr Akinwunmi Ambode can continue unabated and in greater stride.”
The commissioner who is the initiator of the Foundation said the rally was organised to show that Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode, along with his entire cabinet members and millions of APC members, remains resolute in their commitment of ensuring the emergence of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the next Governor of Lagos State, come 2019.
Abdul Lateef said: “Following the achievements of the past administrations and the need for the governing party, APC, to continue the giant stride of development across the state, it has become imperative that we elect Sanwo-Olu, to continue the implementation of the Master Template that has ensured, since 1999, the unprecedented development and infrastructural growths, that has put Lagos in the driving seat among other States in the Federation”.
He urged Lagosians, to elect Sanwo-Olu and all other APC contestants vying for the State Assembly positions.
The commissioner said Lagosians could not afford to experiment by electing those that would enslave and bring the State down, while proclaiming, ironically, freedom as their unique selling point.
“Today is a special rally for Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu.
“We want to tell the whole world that the entire Lagos state cabinet is resolutely behind Mr Akinwunmi Ambode in this objective,” he said.
Abdul Lateef, who is also the Director of Conflict Resolution of Babajide Sanwo-Olu Independent Campaign Organisation, called on all aggrieved members in APC to work together and ensure victory at the polls, not only for Sanwo-Olu, but also all the 40 members who would be representing the good people of the state “as their voices and eyes” in governance.
He advised all members to reconcile differences and show their usual high motivated to further promote the interest of the party.
He advised that people should not be distracted by the recent happening in the political circle, where one of the cabinet members of Gov. Ambode left the party.
“As one member left, we are mobilising thousands and millions.
“The absence of one member will not affect the standing of our great Party; nobody should make attempt to destroy the good works of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
“Ambode is fully in support of Sanwo-Olu and nobody should misrepresent what is happening in government, as a sign of weakening.”
He enjoined Lagosians, and indeed all Nigerians, to support APC candidates at all levels.
According to the commissioner: “Today, the greatest problem of the Nigerian government is the uncooperative attitude of the National Assembly.
“We need a National Assembly that would be on the same page with the Federal Executive Council to move the country forward, just as we will continue to thrive in Lagos if we continue to elect all APC aspirants to represent us in the State House.
“If you vote for Sanwo-Olu and you do not vote for APC as members of the House of Assembly, you have not voted for Sanwo-Olu because the legislature is the apex institution and the most important organ of government.
“In the same vein, at the National level, if anybody says I want to vote for only Buhari and he votes for others not on the platform of the APC, then he has not voted for Buhari.”
Abdul Lateef remarked that past government in the state had succeeded as performing governors and Babajide Sanwo-Olu would not be an exception.
“APC remains, in fact, more united and formidable than ever before, and I want to assure you that we are mobilising thousands and millions of Lagosians in favour of our candidate,” the commissioner,(a,k,a Hon. Yepe) said.’
He promised that his Foundation, as well as millions of other party faithful, would continue to mobilise for Sanwo-Olu and APC.
In his on contribution, Mr Jude Emeka Idimogu, the Hon Member representing Oshodi Isolo, said APC would always remain strong, as all party members “are in agreement” that party’s position should be paramount and individual interests should be secondary.
He said all Lagosians, irresponsible of ethnicity, religion or status would mobilise and vote for APC in the coming election.
While fully in support of Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s election aspiration, Idimogu praised the efforts of the APC National leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
He said all members “are fully with the APC’s Nation leader and they cherish his wisdom, knowledge, experience and direction.
“This is a man who has always been there for Lagos and has never failed”.
The Renaissance reports that the rally was indeed carnival-like as people of from Oshodi/Isolo Constituency and Ejigbo environs trooped out in large numbers, in colorful attires (specific to each ward, such as Ayigbaka, Fadu, Ifosi and Oke Afa, in the constituency) to show solidarity, unity and commitment in the atmosphere of drama, dance, drum and music.
By our correspondent