By Ajibola Abayomi,
December 14, 2018.
The All Progressives Congress (APC), Lagos State chapter has declared readiness of its governorship candidate, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu to participate in the gubernatorial debate being packaged by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council ahead of 2019 election.
The confirmation was made by the Lagos APC chairman, Alhaji Tunde Balogun during a courtesy call at secretariat of the party by the Lagos NUJ Chairman, Dr Qasim Akinreti and other members of union on Thursday.
According to the union chairman, the Lagos NUJ was organizing the debate to further deepen the knowledge of the electorate about programmes and qualities of candidates vying for governorship seat in the state.
Akinreti stated that the same gesture had been extended to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties in the state.
Not only that, he used the occasion to intimate the party on the intention of the Lagos NUJ to launch a book on 100 eminent Nigerians that are contributing to the economic wellbeing of the state and additional two separate books on Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba Land, Iba Gani Adams in January 2019.
He reiterated the commitment of the media to give equal opportunity to all political parties in the state to promote their manifestoes as provided for by the law.
Responding, the APC chairman thanked the union for the visit and pledged the support of the party for Lagos NUJ programmes
“We have always partnered with the media and the NUJ for good governance in Lagos State and by extension the entire country. Let me say without mincing words that APC has shown leadership both at the federal and state levels.
“Continuity is our watchword as we progress with development as a party in Lagos and across Nigeria. Whenever the debate is fixed, I am telling you that Babajide Sanwo-Olu our governorship candidate is ever prepared.
“The party shall make him available because he has what it takes to lead us to the new Lagos of our dream. It is not in doubt that the PDP is always our major challenger, this time around; we shall defeat the party with landslide votes. Whenever you need us, I am just a call away and we shall be there for the people” said Balogun said.