Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN, yesterday hosted a meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) aspirants, who contested the governorship primaries of the party in the state, commending their conduct during the primaries. He urged them to rally round the party’s flag bearer, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, for the campaigns ahead.
Those in attendance at the meeting included Ambode; his running mate and Secretary to the State Government, Dr (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule; Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr Obafemi Hamzat; former Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr Tola Kasali; Senator representing Lagos West, Senator Ganiyu Solomon; former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Supo Shasore, SAN, Mrs Adetokunbo Tobun-Agbesanwa, Mr Abayomi Sutton and Mr Lanre Ope.
The governor, who spoke at the Lagos House, Ikeja, added that there was a need to build the team for the governorship candidate, suggesting that even if meant offering the people who helped in their various campaigns, they should all rally round the party’s flag bearer.
“The candidate has to get on the road from yesterday. And nothing would be more enabling and more intimidating for the opposition than to see all the aspirants together with the winner”, he said.
Fashola noted that it was a matter of managing time, stressing that once or twice, the aspirants should find the time so that they can give the flag bearer the needed push to go forward with the campaigns.
He congratulated the candidates for making Lagos proud with the way they conducted themselves during the Lagos APC primaries, adding that it served as a push for the bigger convention of the APC at the national level which turned out to be a success.
He stressed that many of the presidential candidates borrowed a leaf from the way the Lagos aspirants conducted themselves, adding that he is yet to learn from any state where there were as many as 13 contestants in a delegates election in the current dispensation where there was no bickering.
Governor Fashola said all of them embodied the spirit of excellence, adding that this informed his delight at their conduct during the primaries.
Also speaking, the Lagos State chapter of the APC, Chief Henry Ajomale thanked the aspirants for the spirit of sportsmanship that they displayed during and after the primaries.
He said since the process has now been concluded, what is left is for everyone to rally round Ambode to ensure the success of the party at the 2015 gvernorship polls.[The Nation]