Ohaneze Ndigbo endorses Sanwo-Olu ahead gubernatorial election
Ahead of next Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Lagos State, Ohaneze Ndigbo has endorsed the All Progressives Congress, APC candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, saying, he is the best to happen to us.
They assured Sanwo-Olu that they will mobilise the over two million accredited Igbo voters 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’ where they disclosed his actions during the attack on their members after the just concluded elections indicated that he wants harmonious relationship in the state.
President, Ohaneze Lagos State, Solomon Ogbonna, hinted that they have 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.
“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,” he added.
The president disclosed that 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 do 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 election 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 does not indicate that Ohaneze has started engaging in politics but ” very concerned on how we are governed especially the lives and property of Ndigbo is our priority.”
He added that their members were yet to get over the harassment and intimidation that trailed the Presidential and National Assembly elections in the State, urging, that the APC candidate to ensure more protection for residents of Eastern extractions in Lagos.
The woman leader, Nkechi Agubuzor, discloses 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.”