… As Party Targets 100,000 Votes In Somolu/Bariga
By Okunade Adekunle
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming Lagos East Senatorial District bye-election, Mr Tokunbo Abiru, has reassured the members of the party of his commitment to the party’s ideals and principles, saying that he would not disappoint the residents if elected.
Abiru made this known when his Campaign Train stormed Somolu local government to inaugurate the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the campaign organization.
He said he was contesting the senatorial election to offer quality representation for the people of the district.
“First of all let me thank you, party members, for choosing me as the candidate of the party. I am very grateful and I won’t take your support for granted.
“Let me assure you and all the good people of Lagos East that I will not disappoint if I am elected. I will carry on the legacies of those who had represented the senatorial district in the past by offering quality representation.
“My father, Justice Abiru represented this district at the Senate, then Senator Adefuye, Senator Ogunlewe, Senator Mamora, Senator Ashafa, and Senator Osinowo, May bless God his soul.
“These great men did very well; I can’t afford to do less. I will do my best to the service of the people if elected “, he said.
He said he would bring all the competences acquired in the banking sector for about 30 years and in the public sector as former Finance Commissioner, to bear on the service of the people if elected.
Abiru said he would work with the other National Assembly members to attract more development to Lagos East and the state.
The immediate past Managing Director of Polaris Bank said that Lagos deserves Special Status being a former Federal capital, saying that he would work with others to secure that for the state.
“Also I will carry out empowerment programmes to uplift the people and promote the prosperity of the senatorial district,” he said. He urged the people of Somolu and those of other communities to go out en masse on Oct.31 to vote for him and APC.
He also urged party members mobilise others to make the victory emphatic.
Earlier, the APC Vice Chairman, Lagos East and Chairman of the Campaign Council, Asipa Kaoli Olusanya, said, “Abiru is a credible and competent candidate. APC has no doubt that he will deliver if elected.”
Olusanya said just like Abiru stabilised Polaris Bank as CEO, he would make a great impact if elected as a senator.
He expressed regret that votes for APC in the state had decreased over time, urging residents of the senatorial district to come out en masse to prove their support for the party on October 31.
“In the 2019 elections, the entire votes APC got in Somolu for Gov.Sanwoolu were in the region of 40,000, that is not good enough. Bariga alone can give that, so this time around I urge you to go out and deliver at least 100,000 votes for our candidate,” he said.
He said with a massive turn out of party members and residents, APC would win by a landslide.
Also, the lawmaker representing Somolu Constituency 1 in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Rotimi Olowo said the party members in the area would perform beyond the expectations of the party leaders, saying that he would cater to the welfare of the party members on the day of the bye-election.
Olowo assured to deliver all wards in his constituency for the party, stressing that he would mobilise all youths, women and elders to cast their votes for APC on October 31.
He said that Abiru with his professional experience in banking would help in enhancing the empowerment of the youths, saying that they would be a major beneficiary of his representation.
Prominent APC Chieftains at the campaign meeting include Hon. Ademorin Kuye(Somolu Federal Representative), Lagos Assembly member, Hon. Rotimi Abiru (Somolu 2) and Chairman of Somolu Local Government Area, Hon. Ahmed Salau and Chairman of Bariga Local Council Development Area, Hon. Kolade Alabi.