History was made today at the Teslim Balogun stadium as the first political rally specifically for the physically-challenged was organized, and it was in the honour and support of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate of Lagos state.
Despite their challenges, this group of special people expressed so much enthusiasm for the party APC and for the Mr. Ambode, and the impressive turnout depicted their acceptance of his candidature.
Mr. Ambode also expressed his excitement at making history with the people that he humbly addressed as simply physically challenged, and not “disabled”, even as he identified with them.
“My dear people, we are all Lagosians and you are not disabled. I totally accept and appreciate your support. It is the beginning of another level of comfortability for the physically-challenged. I assure you that I will stand for you!”.
He added, “I will build a new community that has your interest at heart in each locality. While I promise you to run a open-door policy, these communities will be set-up and equipped with specially trained professionals to take care of your needs in a natural way”.
“I understand that we all deserve a better life, and there is no reason to leave you behind”.
The gubernatorial candidate added that the APC has always identified with their challenges, and that this is the time to even take such move higher. Mr. Ambode said, “I assure you that additional support in terms of infrastructure that befits your needs will be done. You deserve all of these and more, especially since you also pay your taxes and express your rights to vote”.
He finally urged them to endeavor to get their Permanent Voter Cards, and allow no man or process to disenfranchise them.
Addressing his comrades, the leader of the umbrella body of these special people, Mr Bayo Willaims assured them all that he had met the governorship candidate, and that he his much more assured that Mr. Ambode is the man to take Lagos to the next level.
“I assure you all, that in Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, we are guaranteed of a true friend”, Mr. Williams added.
Mr. Ambode was joined at the rally by his running mate, Dr. (Mrs) Idiat Oluranti Adebule, the Director-general of his campaign organization, Chief Ologunde and his deputy, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, entertainment celebrities, and a host of other supporters and volunteers.
The historic rally was put together by a campaign support group called “AmboCorps”, and all physically-challenged associations in the state were in full attendance.