Leke Pitan Joins Lagos Gov Race

Leke Pitan

Dr. Leke Pitan

Jamiu Yisa

Ahead of the Lagos governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Dr Leke Pitan on Tuesday formally joined the race to be APC’s standard bearer in  next year’s election.

His official declaration was held at Onikan Stadium, Lagos, southwest Nigeria.

The event had in attendance politicians from across the 20 local governments and 37 local council development areas, spiritual leaders, market men and women among others.

Also in attendance were notable musicians and actors  such as Alhaji Kollington Ayinla, Atorise, Sikiratu Sindodo, Remi Surutu, Alhaji Kayode Sodiq and Baba Ijesha.

Dr Pitan who is currently the Special Advisor for Africa, International Hospital Federation, IHF, arrived the venue of his declaration at about 12:06pm.

The event was about to begin at the time of filling this report.

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Dr. Leke Pitan
Dr. Leke Pitan

Pitan had at a previous event expressed confidence in the ability of his party, APC, to win all elective positions in the state during the next general elections.

He declared that he joined the race because his party would need a candidate Lagosians are familiar with and could trust for the party to emerge victorious in 2015.

“As progressives, we have promised the people social service. If you promise to cloth the people, you won’t send a carpenter to them. You will rather send a tailor who has been doing that for them. They will be happy and have confidence in such.

“As such, my coming into the race is not about personal ambition, but to keep the tempo of providing social services for the people, the foundation of which some of us worked with Asiwaju Tinubu to lay in 1999 and which the incumbent Governor Babatunde Fashola has creditably built on,” said the former health commissioner during the eight-year administration of former Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

According to him, the leadership of his party is conscious of the fact that it must present to the people an acceptable candidate, particularly somebody like him they have had an encounter with in the past through some of the people-oriented programmes he implemented while in office.

He cited some of the laudable programmes he initiated in the education and health sectors where he served under Governor Tinubu to include the Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS) meant to save accident victims and give them medical attention right from the scene of the accident to the hospital; creation of the first Health Service Commission in Nigeria; creation of the first HIV/AIDS Control Agency in Nigeria; creation of Blood Transfusion Screening Centres with the first enabling blood transfusion law in Nigeria; mass free health schemes such as, the Blindness Prevention Programme; Free Cornea (Eye) Transplant Programme; open Heart Surgery Programme; Free School Milk Programme for school children; Creation of 25 technical and vocational training centres as annexes to the technical college all over the state and the Creation of 29 inclusive education schools all over the state for handicapped children among others.

He emphasised that the core programme in the manifesto of his party is provision of social services to the people, which he assured Lagosians would get more if chosen by his party and voted for by the people.

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