..Preaches party unity
The All Progressives Congress, APC Governorship candidate in Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu,has been described as a public sector expert in policy formulation and manpower development with great capacity to implement the Lagos master plan and consolidate on the people-oriented policies and programmes of the state government if elected into office next year.
A chieftain of the APC and a former Commissioner for Public Transportation in Lagos State, Chief Lanre Razak, who stated this in a congratulatory message to Mr. Sanwo-Olu on his victory at the recent gubernatorial primary in the state, said the decision to field him against the incumbent Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was collectively made by the leadership of the party and not by the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Expressing his confidence in the ability of the flag bearer to deliver democracy dividends in accordance with the ideals and manifesto of the party to Lagosians, he said given Sanwo-Olu’s track record of service both as former astute banker and rich experience in the public sector which spanned many years, the candidate has the capacity, experience and integrity to render selfless service and enhance the lives of the people.
Razak said: “I am encouraged by the fact that our candidate had promised to accord priority attention to education, health, sanitation, proper tax levels, infrastructure, economic development, job creation, improved public services and to implement policies and programmes that will raise the quality of lives of the people.
“There is no iota of doubt that he has what it takes to succeed in governance since he has been a major player in the development architecture of the state since the administration of former Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the confidence of the members of the APC in him was aptly demonstrated during the recent governorship primary. I believe he has the capacity to unify the party, take the state to greatness and won’t take Lagosians for granted”, he added.
Reacting to insinuation that the candidate was imposed on members of the party, Razak debunked it, insisting that the APC “under the dynamic leadership of Asiwaju Tinubu and the Governor’s Advisory Council, GAC, met and critically examined all the issues involved and agreed that the best man for the job of Lagos governor at this point in time is Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu given his sterling credentials and impeccable track record of service.
“I want to appeal to the electorate in Lagos to accept our candidate and vote massively for him and other APC candidates during the elections next year because he is a loyal party man, honest and hardworking person ready to serve his fatherland and meet the aspirations of the generality of Lagosians. He is capable of taking the state to the next level of socio-economic development”.
“The people should view his emergence as the triumph of party supremacy and see the recent disagreement among APC members in the state as democracy in action. I urge members of our great party to put the past behind them and be united in order to defeat the opposition parties at the federal and state levels during the general elections in 2019.”
Razak who is also the Balogun General of Epe and a member of the GAC, also commended Asiwaju Tinubu for his leadership qualities, patriotism and immense contribution to the development of not only Lagos State but the nation at large.
He said: “We want to thank our great leader Asiwaju Tinubu for his vision, foresight and commitment to good governance. Those of us who are close to him can vouch the fact that the overall interest of Lagos State and the country has been his guiding principle in taking certain vital decisions that some people may not know why”.
Chief Razak further commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his achievements so far including the war against corruption, tackling security challenges, improving the economy and provision of infrastructural facilities urging the electorate to re-elect him next year to consolidate on the progress made so far.
Given the President’s achievements in all sectors he predicted that Buhari would defeat his opponents including the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar next year.
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