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Sanwo-Olu seeks re-election based on first term achievements

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A multi-dimensional roadshow, com­prising power bikers, activation rigs and mobile advertising vans, was seen across cities in Lagos State on Wednesday with flashes of an appealing slogan, ‘A Greater Lagos Rising’.

The overall activities formally flagged off the re-election campaign of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

In riverine communities, hun­dreds of residents rolled out brand­ed canoes in a special sea show, traversing the Lagos wa­terways to kick off the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship elec­tioneering.

The events culminated into a press briefing held in Ikeja, where Gov. San­wo-Olu and Director-Gen­eral of the APC Governor­ship Campaign Council, Sen. Ganiyu Solomon, un­veiled the campaign assets, including theme, colour and font branding.

Represented by Commis­sioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, the governor declared: “I am running on records; get ready for more.”

Sanwo-Olu said the theme of his second term campaign reinforced conti­nuity of his achievements in first term.

He said the idea of ‘Greater Lagos Rising’ cap­tured the passion and resil­ience of young creative cit­izens toiling to change the story of the state in music, movies, fashion, sports, manufacturing and tech­nological innovations.

He also noted that the re­newal of his mandate would further strengthen his administration’s re­solve to scale up efficiency of his development blue­print, known as THEMES Agenda, and unlock more socio-economic opportuni­ties for hardworking resi­dents.

He said: “Our campaign assets capture the audaci­ty and spirit of Lagos in the rising of the city. The campaign assets are not some forms of self-adu­lation but fitting credit to the contributions of hardworking Lagosians, especially the youth, to the height Lagos has attained today. This campaign is not about me and my team alone. It is a tribute to all our youths who are doing amazing works to put Lagos on the global map. Re­newing our mandate will represent people’s con­fidence in the collective progress we have made in the last three and half years against all odds.

“There is no doubt we are running on records. Evidence of our achieve­ments abounds in discern­ing minds. Lagos is on the threshold of history as the first subnational to deliver on a mass rail system; the Blue Rail Line is being tested ahead of commission­ing and operations in the coming weeks. The Red Line is also scheduled for commissioning in the first quarter of 2023. We have completed and inaugurated 16 housing schemes within this first term. Our people are confident that we can do a lot more after witnessing the commissioning of 62 fire-fighting vehicles in a day to keep our citizens safe.

“This administration, within three years, upgrad­ed two tertiary institutions to degree-awarding schools to raise human capital and prepare our young people for future jobs. Our govern­ment trained 18,000 teach­ers under the Eko Excel Initiative. People who bene­fited from the Ilera Eko Health Insurance scheme now see the proof that something is changing in the state. Honest residents know that Imota Rice Mill and the Lekki Deep Sea Port are controversial proof that a greater Lagos is indeed rising and unfolding before their eyes. Now, imagine what we can do with an addi­tional four years.”

The governor explained the essence of yellow as the dominant colour in the campaign materials, noting that the shade symbolised the energy, youthfulness, enthusiasm, optimism and happiness which are com­mon expressions among Lagos residents.

The brand colour also came with a mix of foggy, signifying warmth, trans­formation, freedom and fun said to be hallmarks of the state.

All the colours used, Sanwo-Olu said, collec­tively evoked the resilience of the state to remain on the path of progress, de­spite being hit by global COVID-19 pandemic and the violence resulting from EndSARS protests.

He said: “Our campaign will be reinforcing the en­ergy, remarkable audacity and unbroken resilience of our people. Rising is a proof of growth. Our ac­tions in the last three and half years have blended into our Greater Lagos mantra, with the state ris­ing and transforming be­fore our very eyes.

“When we say a ‘Great­er Lagos is Rising’, we are drawing attention of our citizens to the positive changes taking place all over the state, including growth of our economy, breath-taking rebuilding of Lagos and the renewal of hope in citizens. Let us write a new history.”

Solomon said the party would be rolling out cam­paign materials to all nooks and crannies of the state to showcase the achievements of the Sanwo-Olu adminis­tration, urging residents of Lagos to support the effort to renew the governor’s mandate.

Commissioner for Eco­nomic Planning and Bud­get, Sam Egube, said San­wo-Olu’s re-election bid was proper.

He noted that Lagos rose in its challenging pe­riod, saying: “Mr. Gover­nor never allowed those challenges to bring Lagos on its knees.”

Egube said the simulta­neous development of two rail lines, building of a deep seaport and delivery of international standard bus stations were evidence that Greater Lagos had started to rise.

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