The union of Taxi drivers and Private cab operators in Lagos state have been assured that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will continue to make Lagos work for all.
This assurance came today during a meeting of the Lagos state Governor, Babatunde Fashola and the APC governorship candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode, with members of the Lagos state Taxi Drivers and Cab Operators Association, the Taxi Arm of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and also members of the Forum of Lagos state Modern Taxi Operators.
Governor Fashola said that the state, under the APC, remains determined to sustain the working relationship that has been developed with the transport unions over the years. He promised the passage of policies that will create more ease in their operations across the state.
Fashola moved on to present Akinwunmi Ambode to the audience, adding that he is the right man that will succeed at the job of maintaining an excellent and working Lagos that will truly work for all.
Speaking through their leaders, Prince Tajudeen Adetoro (Taxi Drivers Association) Otunba Olatunji Ogunjobi (NURTW) and Mr. Adeboye Ajakaiye (Modern Taxi Operators), the members declared their solidarity with the sustenance of continuity in Lagos state, thus, their support for the Ambode project.
Prince Adetoro was quoted as saying, “We are surely going to align with the party of progressives. 75% of all our members across our 289 branches in Lagos have gotten their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs), and I know the we will vote wisely”.
Mr. Ajakaiye added that they are sure the policies of the APC for Lagosians working in the transport sector will continue to favor them, after he had expressed appreciation for how responsive the government had been towards them.
The meeting was convened by the Honourable Commissioner of Transport, Comrade Kayode Opeifa, and was also attended by Mr. Ambode’s running mate, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule. The Chairman, House Committee on Transport, Honourable Bisi Yusuf was also present at the event.
The whole of Ifako-Ijaiye and Ojokoro practically came to a stand still today as its people trooped out in their thousands to receive the entire All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign train that stormed the Local Government Area (LGA) for their Mega rally.
The Lagos state APC governorship candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode and the incumbent governor of the state, His Excellency, Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN), were heralded into the Ifako-Ijaiye stadium venue of the rally, with chants of Continuity and Change from the host of party faithful and well-wishing electorates.
Ambode said at the event that the future of Lagos lies in the continuity of government under the APC.
“Lagos state has witnessed tremendous growth in the past 16 years under the leadership of the APC, starting from our visionary former Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and then to the actualizer, Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN). I am sure you agree with me that this must continue, because this is where the future of Lagos lies”.
“Lagos needs an excellent administrator to make the excellence continue. I am that excellent administrator with the requisite experience to make this dream of continuity fulfilled”, he added.
The APC gubernatorial candidate promised further that his experience will be used in managing a Lagos he described as “quite complex” to be handed into incompetent hands.
“Despite the complexity of our dear state Lagos, we have been able to together achieve a Lagos that is enviable to all. The truth is that this great state deserves to go to the next level and it is too complex to be given into any inexperienced hands or put up for experiment”, Ambode noted.
Ambode then insisted that the choice of a servant-leader for the state in the forthcoming elections is a simple one between experience and experiment.
He added that it is high time the kind of excellence recorded in Lagos is replicated at the centre, stating that, “this impunity and corruption at the centre must stop, we must all work together by voting for the APC at all levels to make Lagos and Nigeria work for all”.
Governor Fashola stated at the event that the APC is a party that fulfils the promises it makes to the people, adding that, the Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) is the weapon to be used to instil good governance across the nation.
“I’m happy you have listened to the promises that Ambode made. I urged you to take all he said as a covenant made in honour. The APC is a party of the fulfilment of promises, I am even happier that in Ambode, we’ve got a leader who will continue, complete and consolidate all the good works in Lagos state.”
“Use your PVCs to remove PDP, to vote for the APC, to vote for Ambode and to vote for performance, to vote for good governance as against corruption and unfulfilled promises”, Fashola added.
Other leaders who spoke to the overwhelming crowd at the rally, reassuring them of Ambode’s capabilities and the importance of getting their PVCs, include the Honourable Commissioner of Works in Lagos state, Dr. Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat, APC National Women Leader, Chief (Mrs) Kemi Nelson, Baba Mohammed Ile-Ogbo and a host of Nollywood actors.
The Akinwunmi Ambode Roadshow got another massive reception in the Ijora and Badia areas of Lagos state, shortly after the Town-hall meeting in Apapa. The charged and electrifying atmosphere created by the excited supporters to receive the APC governorship candidate was an overwhelming scene to behold.
The chants of “APC CHANGE!”, “SAI BABA!”, and “SAI AMBODE”, rented the air as the roadshow drove through the Ojuurin-Ijora Market and Under-bridge areas of the neighborhood.
School Children, traders, okada riders, taxi drivers, private commuters, the elderly, the youths, and a host of party faithful were among the crowd that practically mobbed Mr. Ambode in their rush to get a glimpse of the ever-smiling gubernatorial candidate. The endearing show of love and support simply depicted their belief in his candidacy.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Lagos state, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has stated that his administration when elected, will keep on with the good works that give Lagos its identity of excellence. He added that this includes ensuring the restoration of Apapa town to its glorious past.
He stated this today during an interactive town-hall meeting with the people of Apapa and Iganmu, held at the Main hall of the Rockview Hotel, Apapa.
In his speech, Mr. Ambode restated his commitment to the core values of good governance, values he attributed to his experience in public service.
“I came to assure you that we will together achieve a Lagos that works for us all. I have the cognate experience to represent us in the next four years; but today, I am here to listen to you, your thoughts and concerns, that will make up the agenda for a even much greater Lagos”
Ambode noted that a lot more will be achieved in Lagos, especially in a national economic hub like Apapa, when the progressive APC party governs at the Federal level.
“Most of the projects that will create the comfort and development that Apapa deserves will be sped up, if there is a steady complementary input from the Federal government. This is more reason why we have to vote APC in the March 28 elections”.
“The government of Lagos state under the APC continues to try its best to fulfill its sworn mandate to give good governance at all levels. Apapa will not be left out in the greater excellence that is in view for the next four years, in such a way that this great town will be restored to her glorious past”, Ambode added.
He moved on to address the issues of unemployment, insecurity, the Apapa traffic and poverty that were raised by the people during the interaction.
Notably, Ambode stated that, “Our youths and artisans will benefit from the 25 billion Naira Employment Trust Fund and Small Business Credit Guarantee loans that we will set up in partnership with the Private sector. This is poised at creating a better livelihood for you all that actually make up almost 90% of the Lagos population”, adding that this move will alleviate poverty, engage youths, and reduce crime rates drastically.
While answering the more questions, he promised befitting and accessible workshops for the artisans, an enforcement of traffic and anti-trafficking laws, a consolidation of the state’s Security Trust Fund, the creation of enabling environment to encourage entrepreneurship, and other similarly practical policies meant to make Apapa and Lagos work for all. He particularly promised the completion of the Badagry express road and other projects that do not see completion by May 29.
Some of the leaders expressed their confidence in Ambode’s known capabilities which have earned him their absolute support and votes.
A 27-year Apapa resident, who is also a former Commissioner in Anambra state, Arch. Emeka Olisa Ejikeme, also spoke at the interactive session, advising the Apapa electorates on the importance of performing their civic duties. He urged the Apapa electorates to see the importance of voting wisely in the forthcoming elections, that is, for continuity in Lagos and for Change at the centre. He asked that the incoming government Lagos restores Apapa to the serene and glorious past it was known for.
The session also witnessed the donation of branded souvenirs from Arch. Ejikeme and the Executive Secretary of Apapa Local Government Area (LGA), Mrs. Bolaji Dada, to show their practical solidarity with the Ambode campaign efforts.
Ambode also received Royal blessings and supportive prayers from His Royal Majesty, the Ojora of Ijora Kingdom and Iganmu Land, Oba Abdul Fatai Aremu Oyeyinka Aromire, Oyegbemi II, who was at the event to show solidarity with the APC governorship candidate.
Others Apapa and Iganmu traditional rulers were present at the event in solidarity.
The Apapa-based groups that participated in the interactive session include, community development council executives, market women and men, Apapa Arewa community, the National Youth council, the Association of the Blind and Physically-challenged, the Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners, and the National Union of Teachers. The Tailors, Mechanics, Vulcanizers, Barbers, the Farmers and a host of other artisan associations were also duly represented.
The Akinwunmi Ambode Roadshow was met with a rousing reception today in Apapa Local Government Area (LGAs). The Lagos state All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate was lauded by the visibly excited people throughout the course of the Roadshow.
Acknowledging the cheers from the electorates, Ambode coursed through Mobil roundabout, Calcutta crescent, Bombay crescent, Creek road, TinCan, Liverpool road, Rycroft road, and other streets in the coastal town.
The reception further confirms that the APC governorship candidate remains a much-loved favorite to serve the state in the next four years.