…To Win The MARCH 11th Guber Elections
Officials of the Lagos State Government and Lagos APC members are now under serious pressure ahead of the forthcoming governorship election; following the Lagos result of last Saturday general election which Labour Party won.
Unexpectedly, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu lost Lagos State but won the Presidential elections. Tinubu’s APC was defeated by Peter Obi, the candidate of Labour Party’s.
Labour Party’s victory in Lagos sent it’s Igbo community into jubilation, dancing all over “Lagos. They asserted that truly Lagos State is a no man’s land”. They claimed that they would be new owner, Landlord of Lagos. Because of this, many aggrieved APC members took to social media to vent their anger on what led to the defeat.
In a trending video, a lady accused APC leaders in Lagos of poor preparation, wrong attitudes and selfishness “you people that call yourself APC leaders, can you now see your life? The top party leaders will ask you to share empowerment for your followers, and give them money, you will not give them. Food stuffs that you share among members, you will rather pack them to your houses and keep for your households. How will Peter Obi not defeat you? You don’t take care of your followers. Among some of your leaders, you have travelled to Mecca more than 6 times while your followers have not shared from such previlege.
The youths and students are not getting anything from you and you still believe they will cast their votes for APC? We are not fools anymore, we are wise now. You are fighting the Igbo, who told you it’s only Igbo who voted for Labour Party?. If you must know many Yoruba people voted for Labour Party, because they are not getting anything from you. Youths are there, they are not getting any post instead you are recycling yourselves. Many elders are not ready to retire. If you are asked to give them jobs, you will rather take the opportunities to only your family members and you still want these youths to keep serving your interest, it’s not possible. You elders will still come out to say the youths are lazy.
If you give them opportunity or you give them money to establish themselves, do you think they won’t work for you?
Or you think they will go and vote for Obi? You are so selfish, even your children who are not old enough to work are already collecting salary.
You’ve distributed all the contracts to your girlfriends. Do you know how many years I have been voting? From the days of AD, and I have never taken a cup of rice from anybody. I dare anybody to come out and talk if I have ever collected rice or oil from you.
If you have ever seen me at your office door step, come out and say it. Even when they were sharing Jamb form none of you ever gave any to one of my children. You are thieves and very selfish. It is time for APC elders to have a rethink, else we are going to lose out completely”.
This and many more were the reactions of many APC members. Now, the big question is how will APC survive and win the forthcoming governorship election? No doubt, other opposition parties are doing everything possible to win Lagos State.
To APC’s leaders surprise, the belief that APC stalwarts would never shun the party on polling or voting day became frustrating as stomach infrastructure has driven them to what led to the defeat of their party in Lagos State.
City People, Head of TV, Sunday Adigun went further to ask for people’s views on what Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu must do urgently, if he wants to retain his seat and return for a second term, amidst all these pressures from opposition parties coupled with APC internal crisis. Read what they said.
I think he needs to check the internal issues with his party members or key stakeholders.
In terms of political campaign, he has done well. I want to believe he’s going to return for a second term. The electorate will be the ones to decide on election day and I wish him goodluck
– Ganiyat Ganiyu
He realy needs to appeal to concerned Lagosians.
Actress, Laide Bakare
He should organise a symposium amongst the youths especially from the entertainment industry and appeal to them for support.
– Hajia Abimbola
In my opinion I think Igbos don’t really have much against him unlike Tinubu. All the demonstration was for Peter Obi. If Sanwo-Olu can reach out to them and appeal to them, it will really help him. What he can do is make a final address in his campaign and mean it, people can sense genuines. People know when someone is lying even in his or her promises.
– Afolayan Kolade Olumide
I still feel he is going to win but it’s going to be a tough one and they need to do a kind of underground awareness to canvass people to vote for him. I don’t know how they want to do it and I also don’t think the energy people used for the presidential election will also be replicated. It might drop and that can help him too but I think they need to expediate actions.
– Akinola Ibrahim Ayinde
Well, from the results and havoc caused during last presidential election, the only way Sanwo-Olu may win this election is a solid campaign with concrete manifestation.
A solid one where all the nooks and crannies of Lagos will be reached. This is not a car or lounge campaign. A door-to-door, house-to-house and face-to-face campaign with a concrete manifesto that people especially the youths can be convinced that he actually means what he said.
– Tomilola Oyetunde
It is high time for all the so called Sanwo-Olu ambassadors to go out for door-to-door campaign. People are angry. They need to be pacified. The party leaders too should do the needful at this critical moment.
– Ayodeji Adigun
He needs to do a state wide broadcast reminding Lagosian of ongoing projects and ensure continuity. He must reach out and compensate for all those who were injured, harassed, or traumatised during last Saturday’s elections. Engage all APC members who are aggrieved, especially the younger elements who got their tickets, yanked away from them, these is the main thing killing APC in Lagos.
I think house-to-house can still work at this moment. Youth in my area don’t even want to hear Sanwo-Olu’s name. They insist on voting for Labour Party. I spoke with some women in my area and the first question a woman asked me was, “since the day they have been sharing, have they ever giving us anything? You can imagine? Though I told them giving or receiving gifts before you vote is not good enough but they don’t want to hear. So, if some of the ambassador can rach out to this people, they might still have a change of heart.
APC needs to educate people where to thumbprint on the ballot paper. They need to let everyone have sense of belonging and benefit from the election. Aggressive online campaigns and house-to-house campaign is also needed at this critical moment. Let them reach out to market women and men at every Local Government Area.
Mr. Oyeyipo Rotimi
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