By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
Accord Party, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and 43 other parties have endorsed All Progressives Congress, APC gubernatorial candidate in Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for the 2019 election.
The endorsement came barely a month to the date set by Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC for the commencement of governorship election campaign in the country.
Other political parties that threw their weight behind the APC candidate ahead of the election next year were: Kowa Party (KP), Action Peoples Party (APP), Alliance of Social Democrats (ASD), Coalition for Change (C4C), Better Nigeria Progressives Party (BNPP), United Patriot (UP), Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN, Young Democratic Party (YDP), Yes Electorate Solidarity, (YES), Youth Party (YP), Young Progressives Party (YPP), Peoples Redemption Party, (PRP), Peoples Progressives Party (PPP), Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN), Providence People’s Congress (PPC).
Also included were: Progressives People’s Alliance (PPA), Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), Nigeria People’s Congress (NPC), New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Independent Democracts (ID), Justice Must Prevail Party (JMPP), Legacy Party of Nigeria (LPN), Masses Movement of Nigeria (MMN) and others.
The parties made the endorsement on Saturday under the aegis of Coalition of Progressives Political Parties in Lagos State (CP3), assuring him of their unalloyed support before and during the election in the state.
Speaking on behalf of the 45 political parties, Chairman, CP3, Aderemi Fatukasi, stressed that the status of Lagos required that the State must in next 50 years create a framework for leaders that are not only visionary but also inspirational with passion for development.
Fatukasi noted that the need to achieve the framework formed their stance that Sanwo-Olu, considering his exposure would assist the 24 million residents of Lagos chart a better path for the future.
The chairman stated that the path would make Lagos become the pride for all especially on infrastructure and other programmes needed to boost its status.
“Based on the antecedent of Babajide Sanwo-Olu, right from his days in the private sector, in the three ministry’s he served in Lagos State, up to his last days in the LSDPC as the Managing Director, we strongly believe he will actualise the good work that is ongoing in the state of excellence.
“Without mincing words, we the 45 political parties, under the umbrella of Coalition of Progressives Political Parties in Lagos State (CP3), have hereby endorse the candidature of Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the next Governor of Lagos State,” he added.
Accepting the endorsement, Sanwoolu-Olu, who commend the parties and their members over his endorsement, assured the coalition that he would carry along all parties and those yet to come with their supports.
The APC governorship candidate expressed his genuineness to served the state and ensure that no stone is left unturned, noting that he and his unofficially announced deputy, Dr Femi Hamzat, have wealth of experience to move Lagos forward should they get to office in May 2019.
He addressed members of the coalition that he would visit all gray areas, just as he tasked stakeholders of his party on task ahead of the 2019 election.