The Lagos State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday inaugurated its Campaign Committee for the forthcoming general elections in the state.
The party, at its state secretariat on Acme Road, Ikeja, Lagos, unveiled a 163-man governorship campaign council to seal APC’s victory in all electable positions in 2023.
The committee is headed by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Deputy Governor of the State Obafemi Hamzat was appointed as the Vice Chairman, the State Chairman of the party, Hon Cornelius Ojelabi is the Deputy Chairman of the council while Senator Ganiyu Solomon became the Director General.
Other members of the committee include Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Babatunde Fashola, Rt Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, Otunba Femi Petro, Fouad Oki, Princess Adejoke Orelope, Idiat Adebule, Senator Obanikoro, Tunde Balogun and a host of others
Ojelabi noted that the Lagos APC attaches so much importance to 2023 elections and expressed belief that Lagosians will once again trust the ruling party with their votes.
The party chairman said members of the committee were carefully selected and also noted that APC Lagos is confident that they will discharge their duties diligently to deliver the state to the party.
He also reminded them that the presidential candidate of the party, Aswiaju Bola Tinubu is expecting nothing less than 5 million votes from Lagos State.
“You are enjoined to work as a team and to carry everyone on board. You are also recommended to reconcile seeming differences within members of the party which might have arisen following the Party primaries, for us to confront the election with a united front.
“I am glad to say with a sense of satisfaction the growing fortunes of the party in Lagos back-to-back the last six (6) election cycles. This will no doubt increase our chance of winning the election with a landslide victory.
“May I call on the committee to concentrate on issues that will add value to the success of the party and avoid issues that may distract us from the path of victory? We should remain resolute, committed and law-abiding throughout the assignment and beyond.”
Hon Ojelabi further said the committee will strengthen the party’s preparation for next year’s election at all levels.
He also admonished them to put in their best while stressing that the positions given to them is based on their “knowledge and ability in campaign strategy and planning, mobilisation, logistics and election management”.
He continued, “The task ahead of us is enormous, but with the quality of membership of this Committee, I am positive that our Party will once again prove its ability to successfully midwife another victorious election outing in 2023. We must live up to that billing.
“The Election Management Committee will be assisted by eleven (16) Directorates; namely Secretariat; Planning, Research and Strategy; Budget and Finance; Mobilisation; Transport and Logistics; Strategic Communications; Volunteer/Support Group; Legal; Information and Technology; Religious; Ethnic Nationalities; Women; Youth & Student Affairs; Security; Organising; as well as Special Duties. The divisions, sub-divisions and assignment of responsibilities will be made known to you by the Director General.”
Speaking similarly, the Director General of the council, Ganiyu Solomon, charged members of the committee to put in their best to ensure the victory of candidates of the party at all levels, which according to him, is not bargainable.
He said, “We are confident of our record upon which we hope to ride to victory in March 2023, nevertheless, it is not in our character to take anything for granted.
“Particularly noteworthy is the fact that Lagosians are not ingrates and would never repay good with evil. They not only see what our government of APC under Governor Sanwo-Olu, has done and still doing; they can feel them as well.”
Solomon added that APC is a progressive party and politics is not a do-or-die affair for its members.
“Without sounding overly arrogant, the overconfident governor and party do not have any serious challenger in next year’s election in the state, if record and antecedents were to play a major role. This is not playing in the gallery. Yet, we will take nothing for granted and approach the election as if it’s the oxygen we breathe,” he said.