Ahead of All Progressive Congress (APC) primary elections across Nigeria, no fewer than 377 Lagos State wards’ chairmen have signified that both their votes and that of entire members under them would be cast for one of the state’s governorship aspirant, Babaji Sanwo-olu, the decision of which may not favor the incumbent Governor, Akinwumi Ambode, whom Governor Advisory Committee (GAC), advised, on Saturday, to go through direct primaries, alongside other contenders.
In their unanimous voice, they agreed that Sanwo-olu posses quality of leadership needed in Lagos, since he had previous served under two governors, special assistance and commissioner, and that his gathered skills and experience, both in government and private sector, would assist the state’s economy.
However, The Guild gathered, through a strong source from the APC’s national leader’s resident, that GAC directed Ambode and others who were in the governorship race of the APC in Lagos to go through primary election and test their popularities.
The source told The Guild that ground of the governing advisory committee were that decision had been made on the pronounced direct primaries and that such statement cannot be reversed in favor of any aspirant.
He said that the committee, during a meet in Bourdillon on Saturday, decided that Ambode must go through the primaries of APC if chooses to remain in office in 2019.
Interestingly, a source from government house who spoke to The Guild through phone, maintained that there was high chance that Ambode may concede faith and endorse Sanwo-olu latest by mid-week.
He said that door was still open for the embattled governor to reconcile with the party’s aggrieved leaders but that the power house was not ready to bend neck to favor any aspirant.
Meanwhile, the Chairman, Ward J, Mushin Local Government, Sola Osobajo, expressed confidence of all entire wards and their members on quality of Sanwo-olu personality, just as he assured that the entire party would work tirelessly to ensure that the aspirant comes in victory color during the primary election slated 29th of September.
Speaking on-behalf of entire wards during a meeting with the governorship aspirant and party leaders on Saturday in Lagos, Osobajo assured Sanwo-Olu of APC’s members votes during the primary.
He urged the aspirant not to neglect the party’s members should he emerge as the flag bearer of APC even after governorship election in 2019.
“We are the foot soldiers to every political offices’ seekers and we should not be use and be abandoned once aspirants get to seat of power”.
Responding to wards’ chairmen, Sanwo-olu assured that his government would be more of listening administration and that he would run an all-inclusive government in favor of both Lagosians and party men.
He said that Lagos APC stakeholders, from grassroots, deserve better dividends from every government since party members were foot soldiers who put their lives on line to defend mandate.
According to him, APC members in Lagos have sacrifice more than enough not to enjoy from their labors and the new government will ensure interest of the party house is recognized once we come in by 2019.
“Our government when come in 2019, i assure you that we would do more of listening and ensure members of APC benefit from the administration.
“You are the foot soldiers and your sacrifice both day and night to ensure i get to seat of power would be rewarded and commend you for embarking for this journey with me”.
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