The Iyaloja General of Lagos, Mrs. Folashade Tinubu-Ojo has thrown her weight behind the candidacy of Babajide Sanwo-Olu in the Lagos State All Progressives Congress governorship primaries holding on Sunday.
The endorsement came after a short meeting between Mr. Sanwo-Olu, the Director General of his campaign organization, Mr. Tayo Ayinde on one hand and Mrs. Folashade Tinubu-Ojo and other market leaders on the other hand.
Speaking at the occasion, the Director General of the Babajide Sanwo-olu Campaign organization (BOSCO) Tayo Ayinde said the campaign team recognized the enormity of voting power that the market women and men have so ‘‘it will be foolhardy for any politician to underestimate them in the scheme of things’’.
Ayinde however described the event as a family meeting, where a decision that will affect all family members would be made. He thereafter presented Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to the crowd of market leaders in Lagos State, who in turn, enthusiastically welcome the aspirant with various kinds of traditional songs.
The governorship aspirant, Babajide Sanwo-Olu thanked the Iyaloja General for agreeing to meet his team despite the short notice given to her. He described himself as a member of the family, saying since 2002, he has remained a close member of the market women and men under the late Iyaloja General, Alhaja Habibat Mogaji.
Speaking further, Sanwo-Olu said the need to take Lagos back to its original developmental trajectory is part of the reasons he entered governorship the race.
‘’ There is a roadmap for economic and infrastructural development of Lagos State. I was part of the team from the beginning of this republic and I know that successive administrations have remained on course until recently. So we need to quickly address the deficiencies before they grow to consume all of us’’. Sanwo-olu stated.
The banker turned politician told the market leaders his antecedents in the party since leaving the corporate world to join the administration of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in 2002 as a Special Adviser and later as Commissioner.
Sanwo-Olu urged the market leaders to accept his candidacy and work for him to become the next governor of Lagos State. He also spoke on the need for patience and perseverance in politics.
‘’perseverance in politics is good. It usually pays off in the end. That virtue is what has brought me to this level.’’ Sanwo-Olu stated.
He urged the market women and men to get out the vote on Saturday, promising better days ahead for all party members and Lagosians.
‘’I will ensure that we bring about a Lagos of prosperity for all’’
‘’we will listen to your needs and we’d be there for you’’ Sanwo-Olu affirmed.
Responding, the Iyaloja General, Mrs Folashade Ojo thanked the aspirant for deeming it necessary to come to market house. She pledged the support of all market women and men across the State towards ensuring electoral victory for Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu at the primaries on Sunday and the general elections next year.