Lagos State Governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday debunked the insinuation on social media that the local governments chairmen are backing him for economic gain.
Those spreading such falsehood, he said, are either bereft of knowledge of Lagos politics or are only out for mischief.
The council chairmen under Conference 57 have backed for Sanwo-Olu to be the party’s candidate.
He said the Conference 57’s endorsement is borne out of the group’s desire to take Lagos to a greater height.
A statement by Babajide Sanwo-Olu Campaign Organisation (BOSCO) Media Director Olusesan Daini said it welcome various endorsements, support with excitement.
He said: ‘’We are reading all sorts of lies, distortions of facts and some falsehood posts on social media aimed at disparaging our movement and our leader. But we have decided not to respond to them because most of the posts are without authors. Rather than dissipate energy on all that, we have concentrated work on mobilizing our base and preparing everyone for the election.
“Some party leaders who have openly identified with Mr. Sanwo-Olu include former minister and notable politicians, Mr. Ademola Seriki, Senator Gbenga Ashafa (Lagos East Senatorial District), former House of Representatives member Mr. Monsuru Owolabi (Bertola), and several current House of Representatives members; a One-time Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Wale Edun, frontline politician Mr. Shakirudeen Sola Giwa, Cardinal Omolaja Odumbaku (Baba Eto) among others.
“We expressed joy and excitement at the outpouring of love from Lagosians, particularly the torrents of endorsements from various political and socio-economic groups across the state and several Lagosians living in the diaspora. It is a confirmation that the people of Lagos are fully in support of my aspiration to administer the state as governor.”
Apart from Conference 57, which had identified the sterling qualities of Sanwo-Olu and had stood behind him from the beginning, many other political associations and groups have come out to declare their support for him ahead of the party primary elections.
“We have received calls from hundreds of notable politicians from across Lagos State, declaring their love for the choice of Sanwo-Olu. Some have actually written us letters to pledge their support and to endorse our man. Just yesterday (Wednesday), the Private Sector Participants (PSP) operators in Lagos issued a statement to applaud the choice of Sanwo-Olu, whom many have described as a great administrator, a listening leader and a man of character. Some other endorsements for Mr. Sanwo-Olu include The Consolidation Group (TCG), with the entire Amuwo Odofin and Badagry chapters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as well as several notable individuals,” Daini said.
On the revised time table for the primaries, Daini said although the BOSCO is ready for the election, adding that the three days shift will give the campaign committee an opportunity to further reach as many party members as possible.
“We need thousands of our members to come out en-masse to vote for Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on September 29. We need to show that our strength as a political movement is in our numbers as we are working round the clock to ensure that we record a huge turnout of party faithful on the day of the primary election,’’ he said.