The Nation (Nigeria)
Council polls: APC candidates get party flags
Sanwo-olu to candidates: go and deliver
AMID fanfare, the All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman-government ship candidates in the 20 local governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAS) of Lagos State yesterday received party flags for Saturday’s election.
They were accompanied by their running mates and local government party chairmen across the 57 councils.
The ceremony, held at the party secretariat on Acme Road, Ogba, Ikeja, was peaceful.
Governor Babajide Sanwoolu, who joined the party Chairman, Alhaji Tunde Balogun, to present the flags, advised the standard bearers to deliver victory to the ruling party.
Balogun, who said the local government party chairmen should present flags to councillorship candidates, advised the candidates to work hard for victory at the polls.
He said the chairmanship candidates are not permitted to change or alter the list of councillorship candidates in their local governments.
The chairman urged them to avoid any behaviour that can give problem to the chapter during the electioneering.
Balogun said: “You should work hard in the next six days. I pray for you to be victorious.”
The ceremony was witnessed by Deputy Governor Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, Chief of Staff Tayo Ayoade, Local and Community Affairs Commissioner Dr. Wale Ahmed, former Deputy Governor Dr. Oluranti Adebule, party Deputy Chairman Chief Sunny Ajose, House of Assembly Speaker Mudashiru Obasa, Cardinal James Odunmbaku, Dr. Yomi Finnih, onetime Finance Commissioner Mr. Wale Edun, Alhaji Mutiu Are, Party Secretary Lanre Ogunyemi, Publicity Secretary Seye Oladejo, Oloruntoba Oke, Shamsudeen Olaleye and Omobolanle Akinyemi-obe.
Sanwo-olu, who congratulated the standard bearers, said they should not take anything for granted ahead of the elections, adding that their victory would make the party proud in Lagos State.
He described the ceremony as a significant event, which would signpost the party’s preparation for the elections.
“We expect them to start work immediately. The state government will carry out some projects at the wards, but we expect complementary roles from these chairmen; we expect them to complement that and do more.”
Among the chairmanship candidates are Sesan Daini (Igbogbo/bayeku), Emmanuel Bamigboye (Mushin), Olusola Ajala (Ojuwoye), Mr. Hamzat (Ifako/ijaye), Adetoyese Olusi (Lagos Island), Kayode Omiyale (Yaba), Princess Bada (Ikosi), Ahmed Apatira,(itire Ikate), Moyosore Ogunlewe (Kosofe), Omolola Essien (Lagos Mainland) and David Odunmbaku (Ojodu).