By Emmanuel Oladesu, Deputy Editor
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has urged the people of Lagos East Senatorial District to vote for the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Tokunbo Abiru, on October 31.
He enjoined councillors and other ward leaders from the district to mobilise support for the eminent banker and former Finance commissioner.
Sanwo-Olu spoke at the weekend during the launch of 377 projects across the wards.
He urged Lagos East APC leaders and supporters to demonstrate the party’s relevance as the dominant political platform in Lagos.
Abiru, who campaigned in Ikorodu, his home town, said he was prepared for the senatorial challenge, considering his pedigree and antecedent.
The former managing director of Polaris Bank said the challenged that confronted the defunct Skye Bank could have claimed 8,000 jobs and one trillion Naira customers’ funds, if he had not been there on a rescue mission.
Lagos State Governor and the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Campaign Council for Ondo State Governorship Election, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, will today in Akure solicit support for the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN).
Sanwo-Olu, who is expected to be accompanied by some members of the party’s National Campaign Council, will meet with some APC leaders and critical stakeholders in Ondo State in preparation for the October 10 governorship election.
Besides meeting the APC stakeholders, Governor Sanwo-Olu will also join the campaign train of Governor Akeredolu and his running mate, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, to drum up support for the party in some towns and local governments ahead of the poll.
Sanwo-Olu joined other party leaders on September 5, who defied the downpour to launch the campaign for Akeredolu’s re-election.
He said the Federal Government took over the bank in view of its precarious financial situation and changed it to Polaris Bank.
Abiru said before his retirement from Polaris Bank as the chief executive officer, management had stabilised the bank and returned it to the path of profitability.
He said: “Skye Bank was rescued and changed to Polaris Bank. With the change, and what we were able to do, the bank is now stronger.
“We were able to save no fewer than 8,000 jobs, and by extension, protect the livelihoods of about 40,000 families.
“We kept our four million customers and saved the deposits of about one trillion Naira that could have been lost.
“We did our best, if elected; I will make the same impact and even do more for the people of Lagos East Senatorial District.”
The APC standard-bearer said he was made the chief executive officer with a mandate to turn the bank around.
He said with focus, dedication and support of his team, he stabilised Polaris Bank before he retired in August.
Abiru promised that if elected, he would replicate his interventionist strides and bring to bear his over 30 years’ experience in the banking sector in the Senate.
“I want to thank you all, party members, for your support and for choosing me as candidate of the party. I thank you, and I assure you that I will deliver, if elected.
“I will bring the competence acquired in the banking sector for about 30 years to serve the people in the Senate,” the APC candidate said.
He said he would continue with the legacies of those who had represented the senatorial district by offering quality representation.
He said his father; Justice Abiru, Sen. Anthony Adefuye, Sen. Adeseye Ogunlewe, Sen. Olorunnimbe Mamora, Sen.Gbenga Ashafa and the late Sen. Bayo Osinowo did well, promising to do his best to honour their legacies.
Abiru said he would work with other National Assembly members to attract more development to the Lagos East and the state as a whole.
He said securing a special status for Lagos in view of the pressure on the state as a former federal capital would be one of his priorities at the Senate.
The standard-bearer called on residents to come out en masse on October 31 and vote for him and APC for more dividends of democracy in the senatorial district and the state.
His campaign manager, Chief Kaoli Olusanya, the APC vice chairman, Lagos East, described Abiru as a competent and trusted candidate.
He urged the party members and residents to vote for Abiru to ensure his victory.
Olusanya decried the decreasing votes for APC over the years, urging residents to go out and prove that they were for APC on October 31.
“Our votes have been decreasing, though, we have been winning, we have to prove this time that the only party in the state is APC.
“The total number of votes for Governor Sanwo-Olu from Ikorodu in 2019 is 45,000, far from the best votes of 88, 000 we got in 2011.
“Ipakodo community alone can give us 45, 000. I appeal to you, party members and residents, to give us more this time.
“Prove your massive support for APC and Abiru by delivering at least 100,000 votes on October 31,” Abiru said.
Some of the APC chieftains present include: Mr. Sanai Agunbiade, Majority Leader of the Lagos State House of Assembly; Jimi Benson, the lawmaker representing Ikorodu Federal Constituency and Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman, Nigeria Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM).
Others are former member of the House Assembly, Mr. Segun Olulade, Chairman of Igbogbo/Bayeiku Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Mr. Sesan Daini, Chairman of Bariga LCDA, Mr. Kolade Alabi, Chairman, Somolu Local Government, Mr. Ahmed Salau.