No fewer than 45 opposition political parties yesterday endorsed the candidate of the ruling Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) for governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The leaders and members of the parties promised to mobilise Lagosians to vote for him in next year’s election.
The parties include Accord, Freedom and Justice Party, Unity Party of Nigeria, PPP, PPA, AMPP and GPP.The opposition leaders listed their demands, including an improved environment, improved security, resolution of the traffic snarl, correction of the LASTMA and BRT deficiency, and programmes for widows and youths.At the endorsement ceremony at the Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Sanwo-Olu promised to appoint a Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to serve as a link between his government and the parties, if elected as governor.He was accompanied by his running mate, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, his campaign manager, Tayo Ayinde, Cardinal James Odunmbaku, Ademorin Kuye, Alawiye King, Nosiru Musa, Abiodun Mafe, Bayo Ajisebutu, Goke Salvador, Hameed Olorunoje, Shamusideen Olaleye, Wale Adelana, Joe Igbokwe, Sesan Daini, Remi Adikwu Bakare, and Gboyega Akosile.The flag bearer promised an all-inclusive government, stressing that the initiation and implementation of developmental projects will be shaped by need analysis and people’s preference.The leader of the Coalition of Political Parties, Otunba Aderemi Fatukasi, said it is imperative that Lagosians should vote for Sanwo-Olu, adding that he will build on the achievements of former Governors Bola Tinubu and Babatunde Fashola and the incumbent Akinwunmi Ambode.He said the former Commissioner for Establishment and Training will defend the giant strides of the previous governments in infrastructural development, security, transportation, traffic management, education, tourism and health sector.Describing Sanwo-Olu as a politician endowed with vision, inspiration and passion for development, Fatukasi said having excelled as a private sector operator, special adviser, commissioner in three ministries and Managing Director of the Lagos State Property Development Corporation, Sanwo-Olu will live up to expectation as governor.Sanwo-Olu promised to sustain the bond of cooperation between the APC and the opposition platforms and give them a sense of belonging.He said himself and his running mate will perform to expectation, adding that they are prepared for the task ahead.
Sanwo-Olu described Hamzat as a strategist person and a dependable ally, recalling that he had done Lagos proud as a former Commissioner for science and technology, and works.He promised to tackle the challenges highlighted by the opposition leaders, urging them to cooperate with him to succeed in next year’s election.He said: “I have the interest of the populace at heart. I am passionate about my people. Roads, bridges are important. But, human beings are more important. We genuinely intend to serve. We will not discriminate.”