By Tunde Alao
Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate Babajide Sanwo-Olu yesterday promised to bridge the infrastructure deficit in Ikorodu Division, if elected in next month’s election.
Apart from Igbe and Isawo roads, which his running mate, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, said will be constructed when the new government is inaugurated in May, the flag bearer said he will also construct the popular Suleiman-Farouk Road in the heart of the ancient town as requested by the residents.
Sanwo-Olu, while thanking APC all supporters said in addition to the two roads which his deputy said will be constructed, also promised to construct the Suleiman Road, by linking it to Agboyi-Ketu, including the compilation of the two stadia in Ikorodu and Ketu.
He berated the opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for claiming that Lagos has been in bondage, noting that Ikorodu and other parts of the state have been enjoying freedom and dividends of democracy under successive progressive administrations.
Alerting them to the challenge of February 16 and March 2, Sanwo-Olu, who described himself as a sellable candidate, urged them to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari, himself and running mate and other parliamentary candidates.
The candidate spoke when the APC campaign train rolled into Ipadoko, Ikorodu, where the party chairman, Tunde Balogun, gave party flags to Sanwo-Olu, Hamzat, and parliamentary candidates-Senator Oluremi Tinubu (lagos Central), Sikiru Osinnowo (Lagos East), Solomon Adeola (Lagos West), House of Representatives candidate Jimi Benson and House of Assembly candidates-Sunai Agunbiade and Tayo Solaja.
Party supporters came from Epe, Isiwo, Ibeshe, Ajowa, Ota-Ikosi, Imota, Ijede, Adamo, Kosofe, Somolu, Ketu, Ikosi, Owode, and other towns and villages in the East Senatorial District.
Party leaders at the rally included Deputy Governor Idiat Adebule, Lagos East leader Pa Busura Alebiosu, Senator Tony Adefuye, Chief lanre Rasak, Chief Akanni Seriki, Southwest APC Women Leader Chief Kemi Nelson, Lagos APC Women Leader Princess Jumoke Okoya-Thomas, former Hiuse of Assembly Speaker Joko Pelumi, Chief Sunny Ajose, Chief Funso Ologunde, Ashipa kaoli Olusanya, Hakeem Bamgbala, party secretary Dr. Wale Ahmed, Publicity Secretary Comrade Joe Igbokwe, Sanwo-Olu’s campaign manager Tayo Ayinde, Primate Charles Odugbesi, Tunde Braimoh, Sanwo-Olu’s wife, Dr Ibijoke, Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke, and a leader of the Arewa community, Farouk Ahmed.
Sanwo-Olu and hamzat stormed the venue around 1,30pm, holding brooms. Thanking the crowd, hamzat, who spoke in Yoruba, said: “Ikorodu-Sagamu Road, which had been abandoned by Obasanjo and PDP for 16 years is being constructed by President Muhammadu Buhari. Ibese and Obafei Awolowo roads have been constructed. Our candidate, Sanwo-Olu has asked me to tell you that Igbe and Isawo roads will be constructed. We are not liars. We will fulfill our promises.”
Rasak, Balogun of Epe, advised the people to vote for APC, using their index finger, adding that improper thumb printing may lead to cancelation.
Urging Lagosians to reject the PDP at the polls, he said: “Lagos has enjoyed dividends of democracy under the progressive administration for 16 years. For 16 years, PDP looted the treasury. Both as military and civilian Heads of State, Buhari has done well.
“Obasanjo was president for eight years. There was no road between Abeokuta and Ota. There was no road between Lagos and Ibadan. Buhari is the choice of Nigerians because of his love for the masses. I thanked Asiwaju Tinubu, who, like Chief Obafemi Awolowo, has worked for the progress of the Southwest and Nigeria. Let us look at the genesis of the APC. Tinubu collaborated with other parties to form the APC. We cannot afford to lag behind. Let Lagos give three million votes for APC during the elections.”
Igbokwe, who spoke in Igbo, urged Southeasterners living in Lagos to vote for Sanwo-Olu, assuring that their votes will not be in vain