The Lagos state All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode, today paid a courtesy visit to His Grace, Most Reverend (Dr.) Alfred Adewale Martins, the Archbishop of the Metropolitan See of Lagos, at the Catholic Mission House, Lagos.
The candidate formally presented himself and his gubernatorial intentions to the respected Bishop of the Lagos Catholic family. He also sought the prayers of His Grace for peace and victory in the forthcoming elections.
Present during the courtesy visit were the Chairman, Archdiocesan Laity Council of Lagos, Sir Folu Adekoya, the Secretary to the Archbishop, Reverend Father Nwosu, All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship candidate for Lagos state, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, His Grace, Most Reverend (Dr.) Alfred Adewale Martins, the APC State Chairman, Chief Henry Ajomale, and the deputy Director-General of the Akinwunmi Ambode Campaign Organization, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate for Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, today paid a courtesy visit to the Archbishop Emeritus of the Lagos State Catholic Diocese, His Eminence, Anthony Cardinal James Olubunmi Okojie. Mr. Ambode shared his plans for Lagos with the highly revered Archbishop, and further sought his prayers for peace and victory in the forthcoming elections in the state. Present at the visit were Lagos State Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Henry Ajomale, Deputy Director General Akinwunmi Ambode Campaign Organization, Mr Adeniji Kazeem, and Chairman Archdiocesan Laity Council of Lagos State, Sir Fola Adekoya.
Ahead of the commencement of state-wide campaigns, Lagos state All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode, today held an interactive parley with other candidates running for varying elective positions in the forthcoming 2015 elections in the state.
Welcoming the candidates, Ambode expressed joy at the presence of the candidates and quickly went on to underline the oneness in their candidature(s). “68 of us will carry the party’s flag in the upcoming campaigns and elections and the essence of this interactive session is to show that we are all candidates together”, he said. Ambode moved on to state that in these journey of service they have all chosen, no one will be left isolated as they will together run as a team.
The governorship candidate admonished the candidates to appreciate the depth of responsibility given to them as party flag-bearers, accepting it as a major task that needs to be done while bearing only the people in mind.
He said he expects them all to reciprocate the party’s faith in them with “unalloyed and unshakeable loyalty”. Following Ambode’s cue, the party candidates brainstormed on issues concerning the Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) availability, distribution and collection.
Mr. Ambode notably stated: “Under no circumstances should any eligible, registered voter be disenfranchised because of non-availability or collection of PVCs.
They also discussed strategies surrounding the sensitization, mobilization and motivation of the to-be voters. The gubernatorial candidate had earlier stated that such brainstorming was needed in order to together run a successful campaign and a non-acrimonious election, and thus, depict a stronger sense of unity in the party.
As the meeting was brought to a close, all the party candidates unanimously expressed appreciation and fulfillment on the success of the meeting, and the issues discussed therein. The Lagos West APC Senatorial candidate, Hon. Solomon Adeola Olamilekan, described the session as “fantastic, and a right one in the right direction”.
Hon. Jide Jimoh, the candidate for Lagos Mainland Federal Constituency, also called it a “welcomed one” where the party candidates had the chance to together plan meaningful strategies to ensure the party’s success at the polls. As regards the PVC conundrum, the gubernatorial running-mate, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule, advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to decentralize the distribution and collection of the PVCs, especially in a highly populated state as Lagos.
No fewer than 50 of the 68 candidates attended the meeting, and they included Senator Gbenga Ashafa (Lagos East); Hon. Abiodun Faleke (Ikeja Federal Constituency); Hon. Tunde Braimoh (Kosofe); Hon. Tobun Abiodun (Epe); Desmond Elliot (Surulere I); Hon. Wole Diya (Somolu Federal Constituency), Hon. Rotimi Abiru (Somolu-Bariga); Hon. Adeyemi Alli (Mushin Federal Constituency); Hon. Adebisi Yusuf (Alimosho); Hon. Olusegun Olulade (Epe), among others.
The meeting was held at the Gbagada Campaign office of the governorship candidate.
Alhaji Jubreel Abdulkareem, the former Chairman of Agege Local Government Area donated a bus to support our campaign efforts today. At the presentation of the bus was Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule receiving a key of the bus from the former Chairman. With them were the Director General of Akinwunmi Ambode Campaign Organization, Chief Funsho Ologunde and his Deputy, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem at the Akinwunmi Ambode Campaign Organization Office.
The Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress n Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode was at the swearing-in ceremony of the Executive Secretaries of the 57 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state. The new Executive Secretaries were sworn in by the Governor of Lagos State, His Excellency, Babatunde Fashola (SAN).
At the event held at the Adeyemo Bero Hall in the Lagos State secretariat, Governor Fashola described the inauguration as a “short, solemn, but very important event”, which ensures continuity of service delivery at the level of the LGAs and LCDAs. He said the Executive Secretaries were all inheriting a great legacy in their transitional capacities, and therefore urged them to continue the great work that has been done in their respective zones. He specifically noted security, sanitation, primary health care and education as key areas he expects them all to keep up with.
The Governor wrapped up his speech by urging the Executive Secretaries to rigorously engage all the residents in their jurisdictions to get their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs), an act he described as a “civic and non-partisan responsibility”.
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos state, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode was present at the event in solidarity with the process. He was introduced by Governor Fashola as “the very very esteemed and much-loved flag bearer of our great party”, to the cheer of the audience.
On behalf of the new 57 Executive Secretaries, Barrister Omofunmilewa Ade-Jombo of Agege LGA, gave a vote of assurance which stated “commitment, dedication and faithfulness” as the watch words they will employ to discharge their responsibilities.
Present also at the event included the deputy Governor, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, the Secretary to the State Government and gubernatorial running-mate, Dr. Oluranti Adebule, the state’s APC party chairman, Otunba Henry Ajomale, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy affairs, Barr. Ademorin Kuye, the Attorney-General and Commisioner for Justice, Barr. Ade Ipaye, other members of the state’s Executive Council, and a large number of the party faithful.