Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Monday said that the party will defeat the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and its candidate, Mr. Jimi Agbaje in the coming 2019 general elections.
Speaking to a large crowd of party leaders and members during a stakeholders’ meeting held at the party secretariat at Acme Road, Ogba, the APC candidate maintained that it will be foolhardy for anyone who thinks that Lagosians are in bondage to expect a vote from them.
‘’how can someone be talking about freedom in Lagos?,’’ Sanwo-Olu asked.
‘’Are we in the 18th or 19th century when slavery was the order of the day? Lagos has always been free. The State is the 5th largest economy in Africa, the cynosure and envy of all other States across Nigeria. It is the bedrock of the nation’s economy, where everyone that is enterprising record success without any form of hindrance. It is obvious that Jimi Agbaje and indeed the PDP do not have anything to say, so they had to resort to freedom. This won’t fly, it won’t sell, Lagosians will not buy it.’’ Sanwo-Olu said.
Amidst cheers from the teeming APC supporters, Sanwo-Olu queried the role that Jimi Agbaje and PDP as a party have played in the development of Lagos State. He said it is the same freedom that Agbaje viciously clamours for that has made him run for governorship for three times in a row.
‘’we have freedom here in Lagos and that is why someone like Jimi Agbaje can aspire to govern the State three consecutive times. Although he has failed in all two attempts, I can guarantee you that he will fail this time around because Lagosians don’t trust him or his party, the PDP. Where were they several years ago when our leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in concert with other members of the State Executive Council toiled day and night to revamp Lagos economy from paltry 600 million Naira monthly Internally Generated Revenue, which could not pay Lagos State staff salary, to over 30 billion Naira.’’
Sanwo-Olu reassured the party faithful that APC will have a resounding victory in the 2019 presidential and governorship election in Lagos State but warned members against complacency, saying that they should be guided by the saying, ‘’it is not over until it is over’’.
‘’we cannot afford to be complacent. The coming elections should be an easy ride for us if we do the right thing but this should not be a reason for us to take a back seat or fold our arms. This is the time to roll up our sleeves and work even harder to consolidate on our gains.’’
The APC guber candidate also called on members to eschew bitterness and work together in unity for the party’s victory at the poll.
The stakeholders meeting was attended by the national leader of the APC Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the incumbent governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, his deputy Dr. Idiat Adebule, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat and other State leaders of the party.
The highpoint of the meeting was the open declaration of support and endorsement of Sanwo-Olu by Governor Ambode.