By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwoolu, yesterday said the leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmed Tinubu, has endorsed the candidature of the incumbent Governor of Ondo state, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, for second tenure.
Speaking to journalists yesterday in Abuja during the inauguration of the Ondo governorship campaign council at the party Secretariat, Sanwoolu, who is the leader of the 104-member campaign council, said not only Tinubu, but the entire stakeholders of APC has endorsed Akeredolu, importantly those who contested the party ticket with him in Ondo.
“The endorsement was not only his (Tinubu) endorsement but a collective endorsement. In this endorsement you saw Senator Borofice, you have seen our brother, Olusola Oke, you saw meetings where Kekemeke was in attendance, you saw meetings where Dr. Abraham was in attendance.
“After the party election, they all came together even before our choice of the National Council. In Ondo State, they have resolved their problem themselves and all of them said we are supporting the candidate of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, so it is a unified thing”, Sanwoolu said.He however pointed out that the most critical thing in the election is the people of Ondo State, adding that it is about good governance and about what Akeredolu is doing in Ondo state, even as he admitted that it is not an easy job, despite that they believe in him, that what he has started as a true progressive will take Ondo to higher level.
Speaking on the challenges posed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the contest, the Lagos Governor said the APC will not take the opposition party for granted, warning that in election anything can happen.
He said “They really should not waste their time, but election is something that is not over until it is all over, so we are not going to take anybody for granted. We are going for an election and it is going to be issues based. We will ensure that we campaign for the people of Ondo State to see the need to continue with the progressive government that they have.
“He is doing very well, we have seen it, he still has the capacity, he has the energy to further advance what he is currently doing. So that is why we are with him and we know he will do that.”
Explaining why they are many in the campaign council, the leader of the team said it is a reflection of how committed the members are and how passionate they are to continue to serve the party at the national level.
“So I think when you are called upon like this, I think it is not only a personal honour, it is an honour for your state in identifying and they are willing to serve to come and deliver the election that will be held on the 10th of October that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu will be returned as the executive governor of Ondo State.
Speaking earlier while inaugurating the committee, the chairman of the APC caretaker committee, who is also the governor of Yobe state, Mai Mala Buni, said the committee should go and deliver Ondo to APC as they have always done in the past.
According to him, “You will all recall that four years ago, the good people of Ondo state generously voted our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) for an initial four year mandate. The council which we are about to inaugurate now, is to seek for the renewal of that mandate.
“I am happy to state that the chairman and members of the council were carefully selected based on their personal records of hard work, proven integrity and commitment to the ideals of our dear party.
I have no doubt in my mind that the reach cream of personalities on this council, with vast electioneering experience, would once again secure the mandate of the people of Ondo state, for the party and its candidate.
“The party and its supporters across the country have enormous confidence in your ability to succeed. You are therefore encouraged to always engage in team work and collective participation. We are fully confident that by the grace of God, you will succeed and do us proud.
“Let me use this occasion to assure the good people of Ondo state that your investment in the party in this election will consolidate the achievements recorded in the last four years. I want to assure you that APC will not renege in its drive to build a peaceful and prosperous Ondo state that will be the pride of all.
“l urge our supporters in Ondo state and all over the country to be law abiding, before, during and after the election. We should play healthy competition and promote robust electoral campaign and politics generally”, Buni cautioned.