Senator Solomon Adeola, representing Lagos West at the Nigerian Senate, has endorsed Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the only aspirant challenging Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos, to the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
The senator’s position was contained in a statement by his media adviser, Chief Kayode Odunaro on Monday in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city.
His words: “Let everyone who has ears know that I am for Babajide Sanwo-Olu for governor.
“The criticism against Sanwo-Olu is just a distraction.
“The leaders of the party have spoken and we have aligned ourselves with their decision,” Adeola, who is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Content, was quoted as saying.
According to the statement, Senator Adeola held an emergency meeting with his supporters in his Ikeja office, saying his decision was informed by the overwhelming wishes of his constituents.
The Lagos West lawmaker said it was also in line with the wishes of leaders of the party in his senatorial district and Lagos State.
Senator Adeola said he is a beneficiary of the established leadership progression in the progressive fold of APC and he will always abide by the dictates of the party.
His words: “As we approach the 2019 General Election we must carry all our members along.
“Whatever the party directs is what we are going to do and I am aligning myself with the wishes of my followers who have all bought into the idea and vision of fielding Sanwo-Olu as the candidate of APC in Lagos State come 2019,” he said.
The Lagos West lawmaker urged all his followers and supporters to vote for Sanwo-Olu and the party’s position in all the other primaries as they become known going forward.
Senator Adeola said it was clear that Lagos State remains solidly “on the side of our National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and in the forefront of the progressive fold of APC in Nigeria”.
Meanwhile, the governorship primary of the party in Lagos, earlier fixed for Monday, has been shifted till Tuesday, October 2.