3rd March, 2019
Ahead Saturday’s governorship election in Lagos State, the Ohaneze Ndigbo has endorsed the All Progressives Congress, APC candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
They promised to mobilise the over two million accredited Igbo voters in Lagos to cast their vote for him but demanded he appoints six of their members as commissioners after the election.
Ohaneze Ndigbo endorsed the APC candidate on Sunday in Lagos at their Town Hall meeting.
President, Ohaneze Lagos State, Solomon Ogbonna, stated that they had concluded plans to cast their vote for him but must yield to their demands after the election.
According to him, “we are endorsing him because this is the man that will give us what we have been craving for in Lagos.
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“This is the best that can happen to the Ndigbos in Lagos, so come out and vote for him. Hold me responsible for this because I know him and I have seen what he can do,” said.
According to him, when their members were attacked after the Presidential and National Assembly elections, “Sanwo-Olu’s actions showed his love for the Ndigbo to live peacefully in Lagos.”
Former President, Oliver Akabueze, explained that their members voted against the APC candidates during Presidential election was because they did not like the choice of the party.
“What played out during last election will not happen next Saturday because we love Sanwo-Olu. But during last election, the choice of the party did not meet our expectations and that is why we did that.”
Secretary, Ohaneze Lagos, Everest Nweke, stressed that the endorsement did not indicate that Ohaneze had started engaging in politics but ”very concerned on how we are governed especially the lives and property of Ndigbo is our priority.”
The woman leader, Nkechi Agubuzor, disclosed that over two million of their members would be mobilised to cast their vote for the APC candidate.
Responding, Sanwo-Olu, who was accompanied by his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, argued that next Saturday’s election was about the future of the state and not about any individual.
He urged that residents to avoid anyone that raise ethnic issues before and after the election because it would not aid developments but crisis.
“When I am elected, I will operate an inclusive and transparent government. I can assure anyone of that,” he said.