We’ll ensure APC remains party of choice in Ondo, other South West states, says Sanwo-Olu


Ahead of the November 16 governorship election in Ondo State, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday said the All Progressives Congress in the South West Zone will continue to work with stakeholders to ensure the APC remains the party of choice.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, who is the APC Zonal Coordinator for South West, said members of the National Working Committee and Zonal Working Committee in the zone had resolved to intervene on issues and engage with critical stakeholders to ensure they were not only taken care of but also enjoyed the dividends of democracy.

The APC National Chairman, Abdullahi Ganduje, inaugurated and presented letters to six governors at the party headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday, March 26, to coordinate party activities and reconcile aggrieved members of the party in each of the six geo-political zones.

The zonal coordinators are Governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu (South West), Hope Uzodimma of Imo (South East), Bassey Otu of Cross River (South South), AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara (North Central), Mai Mala Buni of Yobe (North East), and Uba Sani of Kaduna (North West).

Speaking to journalists after a meeting with the APC National and Zonal Executive members from the South West at Lagos House, Marina, on Sunday, Governor Sanwo-Olu pledged to live up to the responsibility by working with the entire team to reposition and strengthen the party in the South West.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, who was handed a congratulatory letter on his appointment as the Zonal Coordinator for APC South West by the officials, said the inaugural meeting with the party’s national and zonal executives was to deliberate and come up with far-reaching decisions that would put the party on its feet and the right pedestal.

He said, “We are engaging in all the issues that we have in all our states and trying to bring all of us together. We are beginning to look at areas where we can indeed intervene as a zone, especially with critical stakeholders. We have identified students, youths, and people living with disabilities. We all have things we can do differently.

“We all have things from the South West that we can continue to push into our national conversation to ensure that the stakeholders in the region are much focused and ensure that people feel the real dividends of democracy. And to generally put APC as the biggest party in Africa, the biggest party in the country, and to continue to remain the biggest party in the South West.

“We have identified the places we need to work, and the work is continuous. We are working in Oyo State. We will continue to work in Osun State. We will continue to work in Ondo State. Ondo State has a unique issue because we have an election coming up that affects all parties.

“There are candidates that have been thrown out; there are people who have aspired to be aspirants and will turn out to be candidates after the primary elections. We are all brothers and sisters; we will resolve all our issues in-house, and I want to assure you that APC will continue to remain the party of choice in Ondo State.”

Speaking after the inaugural meeting, the national and zonal officers of APC in the South West passed a vote of confidence in Governor Sanwo-Olu, saying the appointment of the Governor as zonal coordinator by the national leadership of the party is well deserved.

The APC national and zonal officers from the South West, while presenting a congratulatory letter to Governor Sanwo-Olu during their inaugural meeting with the Governor, pledged their support and loyalty to the Zonal Coordinator as he leads the South-West of the party to strengthen and reposition it for the future.

Reading a communiqué after the meeting, APC National Vice Chairman (South West), Isaacs Kekemeke, said they have decided to ensure harmonization and reconciliation in all the states in the South West, particularly in Oyo, Osun, and Ondo States, where the party will participate in a governorship election later this year.

He said they also resolved to prioritize empowerment and engagement with students, youths, women, and persons with disabilities, amongst other initiatives.

Among the APC national and zonal executive members from South West who attended the meeting were; National Secretary, Ajibola Bashiru; National Youth Leader, Dayo Israel; Deputy National Auditor, Femi Egbedeyi; National Ex-Officio Member (South West), Olubunmi Oriniowo; National Vice Chairman (South West), Isaacs Kekemeke; Zonal Secretary, Vincent Bewaji; Zonal Organising Secretary, Lateef Ibirogba; Zonal Publicity Secretary, Ayo Afolabi; Zonal Woman Leader, Yetunde Adesanya; Zonal Leader of People Living with Disability, Moshood Erubami and APC Chairmen in South West states, Cornelius Ojelabi (Lagos), Yemi Sanusi (Ogun), Isaac Omodewu (Oyo), Tajudeen Lawal (Osun), Ade Adetimehin (Ondo) and Sola Elesin (Ekiti).