Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Sunday formally handed over flags to chairmanship candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Saturday, July 24 local council elections in the state.
Speaking during the ceremony at the APC Secretariat, Ogba, Lagos, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who also officially flagged-off campaign for elections of the 20 local government areas chairmen and vice chairmen, as well as the various chairman of 37 LCDAs, noted that the idea is to ensure that the candidate carry out real transformational changes at the grassroots level.
While saying that the occasion is “a very significant political event,” Sanwo-Olu charged the official flag-bearers for the forthcoming local government elections to ensure that they play their roles effectively to aid growth and development at the grassroots level.
“ As a state government, we will continue to ensure that our own development agenda is reflective in all local government areas because we own all the local governments. What we expect from them is to also carry on with that and ensure that once they come in, they can hit the ground running in all of the wards that we have,” the governor said.
The governor, who commended some of the chairmen for doing very well at their various local government areas, said: “That is why some of them are returning. We are also admonishing the ones that haven’t done well to improve. We have a lot of new people that are coming up. The whole idea is for us to be able to have real transformational changes at the grassroots.
“The Federal, state and the local governments are three-tiers of government. Everyone has a role to play. As a state government, we will continue to ensure that our own development agenda is reflective in all local government areas because we own all the local governments. What we expect from them is to also carry on with that and ensure that once they come in, they can hit the ground running in all the wards that we have.”
The governor urged the party’s flag-bearers to be complemental as well as to do more, saying: “We will be monitoring them on a quarterly basis with the Speaker and the Deputy Governor and come up with things around who is doing what so that they can create a healthy rivalry among themselves. That is what we expect and we are praying and hoping that at the polls, APC will come tops. They will do well and will not disappoint all the people that have voted them into power.”
The state APC Chairman, Tunde Balogun, charged all the candidates on victory at the polls.
Balogun urged them to remain peaceful and law-abiding during the election and not to exchange votes.
On the third wave of Covid-19 pandemic, Sanwo-Olu noted that the event was done in compliance with the social distancing protocol.
He noted that the state government is monitoring the possibility rate of Covid-19 in the state.
According to Sanwo-Olu: “We do not want to unnecessarily scare everyone but want to ensure that we are very proactive. On a daily basis, we are checking the rate of the positivity and we are managing it. We know where the entry point could be.
“Everyone has the responsibility to protect themselves and their families. That is why as a responsive government, we need to tell our people transparently and innocently where we are. So that is why we are communicating efficiently to our residents. Where you do not have to gather, please do not. Where you can avoid unnecessary non-Covid compliance, please do not go there. When you go out, use your face masks. We are doing everything possible to stem the tide to flatten it.
He said that the “Federal Government has assured us that by the end of August, the new set of vaccines will start rolling out.”