Ita-Elewa open space was loaded to its brim on the 13th of February 2023 as APC Ikorodu constituency 1 candidate, Hon. Gbolahan Ogunleye officially flagged off his Lagos State house of Assembly campaign in grand style.
With the general elections fast approaching, the ruling party and its followers took Ikorodu central by awe as multiple supportive factions assembled at the well-known space to further propel its aspirants.
Set in motion by the APC Local Organising Committee (LOC) in Ikorodu division, passionate groups; Amiko volunteers, south-south OGA Campaign Group, AMA campaign group, Onward movement of Nigeria, and Tokunbo Abiru campaign group got the space choked up, culminating loyal APC party faithfuls across the waterbed region.
It didn’t take long before Apex leaders, symbolising fellows, Ikorodu division council bosses and influential personalities hit the stage, making their presence known and establishing the significance of the campaign.
Making the support for Hon. Gbolahan Ogunleye the focal point, the crusade also took hold of the platform to canvass support for all other fresh and returning candidates under the APC party’s wings.
Former Deputy Governor of Lagos State and APC apex Leader in Ikorodu Division, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye, father of Ikorodu constituency 1 candidate, joined his GAC colleague, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe on the podium, urging the massive crowd to give massive support to the party during the forthcoming elections.
Addressing the mammoth crowd, both leaders advised all to strengthen their voices via votes, ensuring the success of the party at all levels in the 2023 general elections.
Characterising APC candidates as capable, the leaders explained that Nigeria can only get better and pan out of its present struggling stage with the right set of administrators in place.
Senator Adetokunbo Abiru, representing the Lagos East Senatorial district also took a brief moment to communicate with the masses on staying loyal to the party to benefit from its quality and developmental style of governance.
Abiru congratulated Hon. Gbolahan Ogunleye for a successful LAHA Ikorodu constituency 1 flag-off campaign, adding that his victory is certain.
Ikorodu federal legislator, Hon. Babajimi Benson MHR, on his path, exhorted party faithfuls to come out en mass to show support to all APC Candidates from Top To Bottom.
According to Rep. Jimi Benson, the massive show of support should not end at campaigns but extend to election days, for the transformational legacy of the APC party to continue.
“I encourage our people to be on standby with their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC), voting all APC candidates is bringing our ambition to reality”, JB said.
One of the high points of the event was the mounting of the podium by Lagos State House Of Assembly Majority Leader, and Representing Ikorodu Constituency 1, Hon. SOB Agunbiade.
Calling the day a blessed and glorious one, Agunbiade expressed his joy in belonging to the All Progressive Congress, adding that the party is in control of the Local, State and Federal Government.
Talking to the jam-packed crowd, Agunbiade said supporters must avoid making mistakes at the polling booth, asserting that all candidates of the All Progressive Congress should emerge victorious by a landslide come February 25th and March 11th.
Debunking all rumours following his loss to Gbolahan at the APC LAHA primary elections, Agunbiade demonstrated his genuine support for Hon. Gbolahan Ogunleye by elevating Gbolahan’s hand together with other leaders on stage.
Speaking on the presidential elections, Agunbiade explained that in politics, people can switch sides against each other at the eleventh hour, but the beauty about Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s leadership is being able to plan and scale through all stumbling blocks with success as his end game.
“We have won the election already, let’s just go out with a positive spirit and clinch the victory” Agunbiade concluded.
In his words of gratitude, Hon. Gbolahan Ogunleye expressed his affection to leaders and party members for standing by him ever since he declared his intention for the APC LAHA Ikorodu constituency 1 seat.
Affirming that he’ll ensure to live up to expectations as a quality representative by capitalising on the brilliant insights and success of his predecessors, Gbolahan prompted proponents to vote en mass for him and all other APC candidates.
“At each polling unit, a win for APC is a win for Ikorodu, Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole”.
“The leaders on board have laid a solid foundation for aspiring candidates to thrive on. And I must salute all our aspirants in progress, it’s a triumph for us” Gbolahan added.
High Chief Asipa Kaoli Olusanya, who led the Local Organising Committee members to the event, persuaded party faithfuls to stay on guard and sound the alarm as all road leads to the general elections.
He said that candidates of the party at all levels including; Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, vying for the Presidency, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, seeking reelection as Governor of Lagos State, Senator Tokunbo Abiru (for Lagos East Senatorial district) and Hon. Babajimi Benson MHR (gunning for another term at the green chamber), possess political records of excellent performance.
Elucidating that voting for APC is a vote for a better Nigeria, Kaoli told the crowd that the Nation’s future is in safe hands under the hierarchy and supervision of the ruling party.
Hon. Wasiu Adesina (Ikorodu LG Chairman), Bldr. Olusesan Daini (Chairman, Igbogbo Baiyeku LCDA), Prince Wasiu Agoro (Chairman, Imota LCDA), Bldr Adeola Adebisi Banjo (Ikorodu North LCDA Chairman), Hon. Sulaimon Olarewaju (Chairman, Ikorodu West LCDA), and Hon. Motunrayo Gbadebo-Alogba (Chairman, Ijede LCDA) were visibly seen on stage showing their support for Gbolahan.
Former Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Member House of Assembly, Ikorodu Constituency II, Hon. Saka Nurudeen Solaja, Candidate of the State House of Assembly, Ikorodu Constituency II, Hon. Abiodun Moshood Aro (AMA), Alhaji Waheed Animashaun, Ikorodu APC LGA chairman, among other party stakeholders, were also present.