on Saturday 3rd December, members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state and other supporters from across the country gathered at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena to flag off the ”Greater Lagos Rising” governorship campaign which will reach all local government areas in the state.
The campaign theme, according to the governor’s team, indicates the present administration’s promise of a ‘Greater Lagos’ which it has been implementing and is a tribute to all the youths who are putting Lagos on the global map especially creative and ‘tech rebels’ who call Lagos home.
In the months ahead, the Sanwo-Olu-Hamzat Campaign will also celebrate the collective progress made in the last three and half years against all odds.
The event was organized by the State Campaign Council and all candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Lagos State, the Governors Advisory Council (GAC), chieftains and members from across the 20 Local Government Areas, religious leaders, Arewa community, and other representatives of various ethnic groups in the state, traders’ unions were present.
In his opening speech, the Director General of the State Campaign Council, Ganiu Solomon, appealed to the electorate to re-elect Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his deputy governor, Obafemi Hamzat and other candidates of the party.
“It is an honour to witness the flag-off of the gubernatorial election of 2023. I want all of us to listen attentively as our incumbent governor will give us details of his stewardship in the last three and a half years ago. I welcome you all to give great event.
“It is therefore imperative to seek your vote for our party and its candidates. I am appealing to you to re-elect Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, and all candidates of the party in the 2023 election,” he said.
The Lagos APC chairman, Cornelius Ojelabi said, “I am happy to witness this historic event. Today’s event is a step to further develop our democracy.
“I, therefore, urge you all to speak with your PVCs to give our incumbent governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat another term of office.
“With your votes for Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat, you are signing in for more development and a prosperous Lagos state. I am happy that he has done more than he promised four years ago and he will continue to do more.
“Our party, the APC is a symbol of progress and I thank you all for voting for us since 1999. I urge us to continue to sustain the APC and Governor Sanwo-Olu and his deputy in power to continue to move the state to a greater heights.”
In his remarks, Governor Sanwo-Olu commended Lagosians for their commitment and support to the party and its candidates.
He said, “Just a week ago, our party flagged off its presidential campaign where Lagosians in large numbers trooped out to receive our leader, Bola Tinubu and his vice presidential candidate, Kashim Shettima.
“A week after, I want to thank you all for doing the same for our candidates. I appreciate your love, commitment, and solidarity shown to our candidates. I thank you for coming out to show that there is only one party, the All Progressives Congress in Lagos state. We will not take your support for granted.
“I greet all our APC-teeming supporters for coming out to solidarise with us. It has been an interesting and challenging journey in the last three and a half years for myself and the cabinet.
“We have seen a global economic meltdown but we have continued to scale through. We have come out better and stronger. With the slogan of our campaign, a greater Lagos rising. Why is Lagos rising? Lagos is rising because of our numerous achievements under the THEMES agenda.
“We have seen the commitment of our government. What more can we say? We have seen infrastructures being constructed, completed, and handed over to Lagosians.
Therefore, I want to say that for a “greater Lagos, go out there from house to house, campaign, and vote for all our candidates from the presidency down to the State House of Assembly,” he said.