Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday reiterated his commitment to bring governance to the doorsteps of Lagos residents if elected as governor of the state in the 2019 general election.
Sanwo-Olu who addressed over 3,000 artisans, traditional rulers and community leaders at a town hall meeting held at the Blue Roof within the premises of the Lagos Television said governance should be about the people and solving citizens’ problems.
The APC candidate, however, reminded the different groups that the meeting was not a campaign but an avenue for everyone to meet, greet and chart a path towards campaign activities.
“We have not started campaign. No, this meeting is not a campaign set up, it’s just for us to see ourselves, greet ourselves and to encourage ourselves. I am encouraged and impressed with what I have seen here today. And I want to tell you that good governance is coming right next to you,” Sanwo-Olu said.
Making reference to the development plans he intends to execute if elected by the good people of Lagos, Sanwo-Olu said the downtrodden in the society and the poorest of the poor masses will feel the impact of government when he gets to power, stating that those are the groups at the centre of his development agenda.
“It’s time we gave governance back to the people. They are the real people whose lives should be touched in many great ways and this is what we are planning to do. We will bring governance to your doorsteps.”
Earlier in his welcome address, the Director General of the Independent Campaign Group, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, told the artisans about numerous plans that the duo of Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Dr. Obafemi Hamzat are bringing to the table, adding that the candidates will expand the scope of development to every sector.
According to Ayinde, Sanwo-Olu is a candidate to beat in the forthcoming election, noting that despite the high level confidence that the ICG has on the candidacy of Mr. Sanwo-Olu, it is not taking anything for granted and the major reason the campaign group is doing everything to mobilise and sensitise Lagosians on the kind of choice they have before them in the February 2019 governorship poll in the state.
Also, the deputy governorship candidate, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, inaugurated chairmen and secretaries of contact and mobilisation committees of all the 20 Local governments and 37 local council development authorities, whose task is to liaise with non-political individuals and groups to deliver more than five million votes for the APC.
Over 130 non-political groups, traditional groups and different organisations attended the town hall meeting where they pledged their support and loyalty to Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Each of the groups took turns to endorse the APC candidate with their leadership.