The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, is offering a promise to Lagos residents to woo them ahead of the 2019 governorship election.

He may have learnt from what made Governor Akinwunmi Ambode lose a second term bid and he may be applying that lesson if he wins.

Mr Sanwo-Olu says if elected, he will run an all-inclusive government, carrying everyone along. 

The incumbent governor prior to his defeat by Sanwo-Olu was said to have given less attention to a certain section of the political class and that was believed to be the reason he was rejected when he sought a second term ticket. 

The governorship candidate of the APC made the promise on Sunday at a special prayer session organised by the Nasrul-Lahil-il-Fath Society (NASFAT) at its headquarters in Alausa, Ikeja.

He said that his priority would be infrastructure development.

“I will carry everyone along as a governor. In the NASFAT’s prayer for me, they advised me to choose good adviser and be a listening governor.

“Four years ago, my deputy wanted to be the governor and I was aspiring to be the chief of staff but now God has turned the table around.

“I will concentrate more, if elected the governor, on expansion of roads, building bridges and traffic control,’’ he said.

Sanwo-Olu also said that he would give education the desired attention if elected.

“We will also be looking at the area of empowering the youth.

"The private sector is the engine of growth and development; so opportunities will be given to private sector by ensuring easy way of doing businesses in Lagos," he said.

Sanwo-Olu further stressed that it was sad that the country’s youths were seeking greener pastures outside the country due to bad leadership.

“Is a shame our youths are seeking greener pastures outside the country. In spite of our human and natural resources we are still poor due to bad leadership,’’ he said.

The governorship candidate urged Muslim Ummah to hold their leaders accountable by participating actively in politics.

“Muslims should be active in politics by holding their leaders accountable by teaching politicians the truth and by offering themselves for political positions,’’ he said. 

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Also at the meeting was the Deputy Governorship Candidate, Mr Obafemi Hamzat, and he urged religious leaders to place premium on the well-being of every Nigerian citizens, saying that government alone could not do it.

“We have more religious houses in Lagos State than schools. Why are the religious organisations not making an impact?

“Religious houses have a duty to make life more meaningful and abundant to the citizens," he said.

Earlier, the Chief Missioner, Imam Onike Abdul-Azeez, reminded the governorship candidate that as religious leader they do not campaign for anyone.

He then requested that Sanwo-Olu should listen to citizens if elected into office. 

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