Three hundred and seventy seven ward chairmen of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State under the auspices of Conference of Ward Chairmen unanimously endorsed Babajide Sanwo-Olu as their governorship candidate ahead of next Saturday’s primary election in the State.
The group is made of ward chairmen from all the 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Council Development Authorities in Lagos State.
The endorsement took place at Martino’s Hall in Ikeja during a meeting the governorship aspirant had with some leaders of the party and grassroots mobilizers, where members of the Conference turned out in large numbers and had a one on one interaction with the aspirant.
The Director General of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu Campaign Organization Tayo Ayinde, opened the meeting by extolling the good virtues of the aspirant, reminding the chairmen of some great strides that Sanwo-Olu has made while serving in different capacities as Special Adviser and Commissioner at various times.
Ayinde assured everyone present that Sanwo-Olu is a party man and will not abandon the party and its members when he eventually becomes the governor.
He enjoined the Conference members to mobilize all party men and women in their wards to come out in large numbers and vote for Sanwo-Olu as the candidate of the APC on Saturday.
The APC Leader in the state, Cardinal James Odumbaku, told members of the Conference not to despair, emphasizing that Sanwo-Olu’s government will be a listening and an inclusive one, especially for members of the party whose input will be paramount and will form part of decision making process.
Odumbaku prayed for a successful run ahead of next Saturday’s primary election in the State.
He also prayed for all party members and the entire people of Lagos State.
Sanwo-Olu thanked the Conference of Ward Chairmen in the State for the confidence reposed in him and promised not to disappoint them when he gets to power.
Sanwo-Olu, who spoke in Yoruba throughout the event, went down memory lane by informing the chairmen of his role in the cabinet of former Governors Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Babtunde Raji Fashola as Special Adviser, Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pensions before being reappointed as Commissioner for Commerce and Industry.
He reminded the grassroots politicians of his role as fund raiser for the party in most of the elections held in the past.
Speaking on loyalty, Sanwo-Olu told the chairmen emphatically that he has remained a loyal member of the party between 2002 till date.
Speaking on behalf of all ward chairmen in Lagos State, Shola Oshobajo assured Sanwo-Olu of his members’ support before, during and after the primary elections, which is scheduled to hold on September 29, 2018.
Amidst cheers and applause, punctuated by music, Sanwo-Olu was presented to the Conference of Ward Chairmen and they rose to endorse him in unison.