By Aderele Ijelu
IBILE.TV NEWS – Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said his administration will represent the interest of all ethnic groups, if elected.
He promised that his administration would work with all ethnic nationalities in Lagos State for peace and socio-economic development.
The governorship candidate said his aim for seeking to govern the state is to redefine the development and bring innovative solutions to address contemporary challenges facing the state.
The APC standard bearer said his programmes were developed to fight poverty and promote economic prosperity through equal opportunity in commerce and investments.
Sanwo-Olu spoke yesterday during his consultative meeting with members of Arewa community in Lagos.
The Deputy Chairman of Arewa Community in Lagos, who is also the Sarkin (head) Fulani of Lagos, Alhaji Mohammadu Bambando, led his chiefs to receive the APC candidate and his entourage, comprising his Director-General, Mr Tayo Ayinde, at his palace in Surulere.
Sanwo-Olu, who grew up in Surulere, described the event as a “homecoming”, adding that the consultative meeting was necessary for his campaign team to take his programmes to the grassroots.
Describing the Arewa community as a strong stakeholder in the Lagos project, the APC candidate praised the Hausa-Fulani leadership for strengthening peace and socio-economic development in the state.
He said: “We are paying homage to the Hausa-Fulani members in Lagos because we consider Arewa group as a strong stakeholder in the development of Lagos. This is our Lagos and we are reaching out because we believe every ethnic group is a stakeholder.
“We are also here to formally tell you our programmes, which are developed to tackle poverty and promote socio-economic development. We are on a journey to take Lagos to greater heights in every area. This meeting is important to us in spreading our programmes to the grassroots.”
Sanwo-Olu promised that if elected, his administration would complete the Alaba-Rago Road and offer jobs to Hausa-Fulani youths in the state.
Bambando said the Hausa-Fulani residents believe in the Lagos project but said members of the Arewa community had been marginalised in the state’s affairs