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.
Aregbesola Camp Kicks As Osun APC Endorses Oyetola For Second Term
The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Osun State has endorsed Governor Gboyega Oyetola for another term.
The party also adopted consensus model for the ward congress of Saturday.
The Chairman of the Congress Electoral Panel, Senator Gbenga Elegbeleye, at a meeting with party leadership in Osogbo, the state capital, on Friday evening said due process would be followed during the exercise.
Senator Sunday Fajinmi from Iwo, Ayedire and Ola-Oluwa Federal Constituency moved motion for the adoption of the incumbent state Chairman of the party, Prince Adegboyega Famodun, and the endorsement of Oyetola for second term.
The motion was seconded by Hon. George Jolaoye, a former House of Representatives member.
Oyetola and top party faithful in the state including former Deputy Governor, Mrs Titilaoye Laoye Ponle, Senator Iyiola Omisore and Sooko Adeleke Adewoyin who were at the meeting confirmed the adoption of consensus model.
Also, the Senator representing Osun Certral, Dr Basiru Ajibola, and the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, while speaking on behalf of all legislators in the state, also confirmed the adoption of consensus model for the exercise.
Oyetola said the adoption of consensus was to prevent rancour and appealed to members of the party in the state to conduct themselves peacefully during the process.
The governor said necessary security arrangements have been put in place to ensure safety of lives and property across the state before, during and after the Congress.
But the camp of the former governor of the state and Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, said the consensus arrangement was designed to edge out he and his followers from the control of the party structure in the state.
The Secretary of the party, Mr Rasaq Salinsile, and the former Chairman of the party who are in Aregbesola’s camp, said they were not aware of the consensus arrangement.
Also, some APC women and youths staged peaceful protest claiming that Senator Gbenga Elegbeleye Congress Electoral Panel did not carry them along.
The protesters led by Mr Rasheed Raji alleged that Oyetola and Famodun camped the Congress Electoral Panel.
They also claimed that party members did not have access to the panel and Congress materials.
APC Congresses: Ajibulu Wants Oshiomole’s Recall, Backs Southern Governor in Ekiti
Ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC), congresses scheduled to hold across the country on Saturday, party stalwart, Chief Segun Ajibulu has called on leaders to exercise restraint before dabbling into what may result into a collosal electoral doom for the party in coming polls.
Ajibulu dropped the hint against the lingering controversies trailing the credibility of the Governor Buni led national caretaker committee of the APC, to conduct foolproof elections.
He also expressed worry on the APC leadership arrangements in Ekiti state, rooting that the next governor should come from the Southern part.
Demands for the dissolution of the current national caretaker committee, peaked with the narrow margined victory of the Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu at the Supreme court yesterday.
The 4 to 3 decision of the judges at the apex court had exposed the legal implications of the Buni led caretaker committee, in conducting unchallengeable elections.
Reacting, Ajibulu advised that the APC, through its leadership tow the safe track by calling back the Adams Oshiomole leadership to midwife pending congresses and elections to lend needed legal teeth to the exercises.
According to him; ” time is of essence and the only way to move with time is to return to status quo. We need to avoid every vindictive strategy that may turn our victory to waste at the electoral tribunals. And to achieve this, we all must be ready to bury the past, discard with ego and work our party to assured victory,” he said.
Ajibulu, who bemoaned the polarisation of the APC in Ekiti state, also called on every warring parties to shielth swords and come together in unity to see APC to victory in the state.
He prevailed on party hierarchy in the state to begin the peace process by zoning the next governorship slot to the South.
According to him, the fact that the southern Ekiti has not produced governor since the creation of the state, is a silent war that no amount of justifications can win.
“If we see ourselves as brothers, if we see ourselves as one, morality demands that we should cede governorship to the South in the coming elections. The governorship has gone round the north and the central sections of Ekiti and it is just fair to now consider the South.
“I also want to call on our politicians from the South to work together and narrow down on one or two persons to represent them and avoid multiple aspirations which result may be counterproductive.
“I believe the southern Ekiti is not in short of credible and knowledgeable politicians who can represent them and lead the state satisfactorily,” he said
2023 Presidency: Tinubu Chases Fayemi Out Of Kano
As Southwest presidential hopefuls begin to seek support across the country, the Ekiti state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has experienced a shock treatment in Kano.
The Ekiti state governor’s hope of a support base in the populous Northern Nigeria state has been dashed by his political godfather, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, himself a Presidential aspirational.
ThePageNews reliably gathered that, in the bid to erect a political base in the state, Fayemi raised a strategic campaign cum lobby group,to penetrate Kano state and establish a noticeable presence, as foundation for a potential massive political platform to work for the actualization of the alleged presidential ambition of the former Minister.
According to ThePageNews source, Fayemi’s men were told in Kano that they should look elsewhere for support for their principal, as major relevant political groups in the state have pledged support for the aspiration of Tinubu.
It was further gathered that, the Fayemi team which refused to give up hope easily, intensified on their lobby, but couldn’t find a headway,as they were told by every group in the state about their allegiance to Tinubu’s presidential ambition.
Our source mentioned that, the Kano area has been locked down politically by the APC leader, Asiwaju, to sustain his presidential ambition of 2023.
It was further gathered that, the move to secure Kano ahead of the 2023 political game, especially as it affects Tinubu’s ambition was strategic.
ThePageNews was told that, because of the population relevance of the state to presidential elections, Tinubu who is a friend to the Kano state governor, Abdulahi Ganduje, has used the influence of the governor to secure,what our source described as a cult followership for Tinubu in the pursuit of his presidential ambition.
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