Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat has said that the State is too big to be an experimental state, hence the need for Lagosians to vote for continuity by re-electing Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on March 18, 2023.
The Deputy Governor stated this at an event organised by Kwara State indigenes in Lagos State to endorse the re-election of the State Governor and other APC Candidates for the March 18 Governorship and House of Assembly Election in the State held at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.
Dr. Hamzat added that Lagos State, being the fifth largest economy in Africa, is too important to be handed over to a novice or a learner who lacks the needed competence, experience and intelligence to govern a State like Lagos. He appealed to Lagosians to vote for Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and himself who have the experience, competence and intelligence.
He said, “Lagos is too big to be an experimental state. It is too big for a novice, for someone who is learning to take control. We have a governor in Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu and a Deputy Governor in Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, who understands the geography and necessity of the state. So, there is no need to experiment with people who have never held a public office. We need to vote for experience, competence and capability. This is not an experimental state”.
Dr. Hamzat added that the Governor and him both served in the administrations of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Babatunde Raji Fashola and they understand the Lagos State Project, adding that they are both experienced and it is that experience that is needed to sustain a Greater Lagos.
Speaking further, Dr. Hamzat charged Lagosians to come out and vote en-masse for the March 18 Governorship and House of Assembly Election, adding that there is no need to be scared.
He stressed that they should not only come out to vote, they should also call their family members, friends and neighbours, letting them know that the election is about protecting the heritage and the future of their children.
In his remarks, the Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed that the gathering was to assure the state governor of their support to ensure victory for his re-election in the state come Saturday, March 18.
He noted that it is also to express their appreciation to the people and government of Lagos State for accommodating them and extending the hands of fellowship to ‘Kwarans’ in the State which has been beneficial to both parties politically, economically and socially.
He, therefore, charged his kinsmen to go back to their various communities, wards and polling booths to ensure victory for the governor and all House of Assembly candidates under the All Progressives Congress in the State.
The Minister stated that the relationship between the people of Kwara State and Lagos State is dated back centuries and as a proud product of this association, “I say a big thank you to the people of Lagos who have accommodated and tolerated us for this length of time”.