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Epe agog as indigenes rally support for Ambode’s second term



Epe agog as indigenes rally  support for Ambode’s second term


As the 2019 general election draws nearer, indigenes of Epe division have taken to the front in garnering support for the second term ambition of Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode. The people of Epe home and abroad staged a mammoth march in the ancient town in support for one of their own, Akinwunmi Ambode, under the aegis of foremost indigenous group, Omo Epe Duro Fun Ambode and call on him to seek election once more.
Featuring prominent indigenes of the state including Princess Bolanle Kazeem, convener of the group; Olayinka Oladunjoye, Commissioner for Commerce and Industry; Lanre Razak, a business mogul and All Progress Congress (APC) stalwart; Mustainu Tobun, member of the Lagos State House of Assembly representing Epe 1 Constituency and Otunba Gbenga Abass, convener of Community Network Initiatives (CNI). Also present at the rally, attended by thousands of Epe people, was Lady Doja Otedola, a former First Lady in the state, as well as royal fathers and chiefs who appreciated the governor for his wonderful performance in office.
Speaking at the march which took place at Marina area of Epe, Princess Bolanle Kazeem said the event was put together to appreciate what Governor Ambode has done and to as well to ask him to contest for another term of four years in the coming general election.
“He has not said he want to re-contest but we are saying we appreciate what he has done and what he has started he has to finish, we want him to come back because we want more development.
“We are here en-masse because we appreciate what Ambode has done. He has done so well, we are proud of him. He is a workaholic and he is working throughout the state and we are happy to have him as our son.
“He embarked on programmes that are beneficial to all. We want him to continue, though he has not said he want to re-contest but we are saying we appreciate what he has done and we want him to come back because we want more development.
While making it clear that his people are behind him as a song of the land, he said Ambode’s focus and unwavering commitment are important towards making sure the developmental strides in Lagos continue.
“Epe indigenes are proud of Ambode, being the son of the land and that part of his activities has brought together for the very first time in the history of Epe Division, all Epe indigenes home and abroad to come together and unite as one and to discuss developmental strategies to uplift the Epe division and to affect the nation positively.
“Our brother, leader, father and son Governor Akinwunmi Ambode who is focused, undaunted, brilliant, unwavering, intelligent committed and resolute has proven himself to be a true citizen of Epe and Lagos state as he has followed the good steps of every Epe indigene that has ever attained the height of leadership in history,” she added.
On his own, Olayinka Oladunjoye, Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, said the event is an indication of how well Ambode has done in office.
“He is an achiever, somebody who took it upon himself to turn the face of Lagos to the better, somebody who has changed the face of Epe for the best, we are praying that God gives him more opportunity to do more.
“We have seen his impact in our schools, we have seen his impact in the health sector, we have seen his impact in the community engagements, he has simply done well, and if he has done well the least we can do is to celebrate him. We are doing it round his birthday and we are using the opportunity to tell him that we want him to come back for the second term in office and we are also telling ourselves as citizens of Epe that he is going to get a lot of vote from here,” she said.
Lady Doja Otedola, a former first Lady in the state, calls on Lagosians who have attained the voting age to register and get their PVCs to ensure they cast their votes for Ambode who he commended a wonderful performance. According to her, Ambode is building on the exemplary legacy of developmental strategy instituted by former governors including her husband, late Sir Michael Otedola.
“We are here today because all the sons and daughter of Epe division wants to tell the world that the governor we have is acceptable to us and he has performed wonderfully well far beyond our expectations and under that situation what do we do? We must show appreciation,” Lanre Razak, Balogun of Epe Division, said.
For Otunba Gbenga Abass, the essence of the march was to sensitise Lagosians on the need to support Ambode for second term due to the various infrastructural developments going on in the state.
“We have a governor who is ready to open up the division for investment opportunity and business opportunities, he wants to empower our youths and our women, he want to empower ordinary people. Governance to him is about compassion, governance to him is about reaching out to the underprivileged people, these are the things that is encouraging the sons and daughters of Epe to come here and be part of that process to build the community and the entire state of Lagos,” he said.


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