By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
The wives of the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate in Lagos State have intensified their visit to markets across the state, wooing and sensitizing voters on how they should cast their vote during the election.
They were accompanied by other candidates vying for seats at National and State House of Assembly, urging the traders to cast their vote for APC during the elections, saying the party has several plans to improve the country’s economy.
The wife of the guber candidate, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu and the deputy, Mrs. Remi Hamzat, led members of the party including the woman leader, Mrs. Jumoke Okoya, to meet traders in different markets under the Eko A Sanwa Markets Storm organised by 2019 Lagos House of Assembly (LAHA) aspirants.
Addressing the traders, who expressed their profound gratitude for the visit, Sanwo-Olu stressed that they came to sensitize they on how best to vote and benefits that ahead when APC wins at the poll.
The wife of the governorship candidate urged the traders not to abstain from the election because it was their social right.
She noted that though they have been sensitized through the media but one-one enlightenment would further embolden their understanding of the process.
Sanwo-Olu’s wife, who also decorated the traders with apron that had the inscription ‘I have decided to vote for Sanwo-Olu, urged them to cast their votes for all APC candidates because that would fast-track development they yearn for.
“We have decided to visit you all to sensitize you on the importance of the poll. I hope you all know that we have to vote in order to install the government that will cater for the interest of the masses. The election is the duty of all and we must ensure that we do it.
“We are appealing to you not to remain indoors on the day of election. It will be nice if we all come out and vote for our party, APC, on Election Day.
“We are heard to further confirm what you have all heard through the media. When we are done with the election, we will come and appreciate your gesture with projects that will improve the standard of your businesses, she added.
Okoya, while appealing to the traders, stressed that a vote for all APC candidates guarantee better economy and growth across the country.
The treasurer of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Lagos, Musiliu Akinsanya, urged the electorates not to entertain any fear because the APC candidates have proven their worth before the party considered them to vie for the seat.
One of the candidate, Kolawole Taiwo, who is seeking to represent Ajeromi-Ifelodun Constituency at National Assembly, assured the traders that the party understand their plight which were not cause by the APC.
Taiwo, who was former deputy speaker at Lagos House of Assembly, said: “A vote for APC will allow us to be able to address what is affecting the residents. We have heard of your complaints, we will address them immediately we assume office. I know Sanwo-Olu well. And I can assure you that his heart is filled with our best to serve you.”
Speaking on behalf of the aspirants, former lawmaker representing Ajeromi-Ifelodun constituency 01, Abdul-Baki Balogun, explained that the aim behind the move was to showcase the party candidates to the traders and sensitize them on why the party holds the dream to their desired nation.
According to him, we are here to meet you. And sell our candidate to you. We all should vote for our party. We assure you that it will not be wasted votes. You all will reap the benefits.
The former lawmaker added: “We want you all to know that we have a lot to give you. This is just the beginning of better things to come. We appreciate the way you all have been supporting us.”
Another aspirant, Stephen Ogundipe, stated that the aspirants aimed to further use the visits to debunk the rumour making the rounds that they have deserted the party after been denied its ticket.
He noted that they would not allow what played out in 2015 to occur because it affected the plans of the party to bring the right development to Lagos.
“The rumours that have been making the rounds were that the aspirants that contested for the primaries have decided to work against the party. But we have come out to debunk such claim. And to further show it, we decided to storm all markets, to show everyone that we are one and there is no rancour.
“All our candidates will win. We will not allow what happened in 2015 occur again. We knew what they did and we are ready to give it back to them,” Ogundipe added.
Some of the markets visited in Oshodi-Isolo and Ajeromi-Ifelodun local government were: Abibat Mogaji Modern market, Oshodi, Alayabiagba Market in Boundary, Plaintain/garri market and Odun-Ade building materials market in Ifelodun.
Others were: Mile 12 international market; Kosofe, Adebayo market; Shomolu, Oja-Oba; Agboyi-Ketu Local Council Development Area, Oju-bode, Ladega and Sabo markets in Ikorodu, Agboju market in Amuwo Odofin Local Government, Ijegun-Egba market in Oriade Local Council Development Area, Article Association market in Abule-Osun and Vespa market in Ijanikin axis.