Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has reacted to the clean sweep by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the by-election which took place in the state on Saturday.
The Governor in his reaction congratulated the APC candidate Mr. Tokunbo Abiru, on his emergence as the Senator-elect for Lagos East Senatorial District.
He also congratulated the APC candidate for Kosofe State Constituency II in the State House of Assembly, Mr. Obafemi Saheed, who emerged victorious in last Saturday’s by-election.
As earlier reported by Naija News, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on Sunday, declared the APC candidates winners of the election.
According to the electoral umpire, Abiru polled a total of 89,204 votes to defeat his closest challenger from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Babatunde Gbadamosi, who secured 11,257 votes.
Similarly, Saheed polled 12,494 votes to beat his rival, Mr. Sikiru Alebiosu of PDP who got 2,068 votes in Kosofe II Constituency.
Governor Sanwo-Olu in a statement issued on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, said the wide margin in APC’s victory means the people are in full support of the party.
He, therefore, charged the two candidates not to disappoint the people but to justify the confidence reposed in them by the electorates.
He said: “I want to congratulate Mr. Tokunbo Abiru and Obafemi Saheed on their victory in last Saturday’s by-elections in Lagos East Senatorial district and Kosofe State Constituency II polls. Your emergence as federal and state lawmakers is a validation of peoples’ confidence in our dear party, the APC.
“Right from the commencement of the process, we never doubted that Tokunbo Abiru and Obafemi Saheed would win the elections based on their credibility and the massive campaigns in all the nooks and crannies of Kosofe II Constituency and Lagos East Senatorial District.
“The victory of the two candidates of our party in the by-elections clearly showed that APC remains a party to beat in Lagos, based on her achievements in the State since the beginning of the current political dispensation in 1999.”
“The successive administrations in Lagos have put the people at the centre of its action, resulting in several people-oriented programmes. This has continued to manifest in the voting patterns in the State.”