Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday paid glowing tributes to the late House of Representatives member representing Ifako-Ijaiye Federal Constituency, Dr. Elijah Adewale.
The governor spoke during a rally to drum up support for the All Progressives Congress ahead of Saturday’s by-election which would be held to get a replacement for Adewale, who died on July 20, 2016.
Ambode hailed the contributions of the deceased’s family to the party and promised to commence work on the mini stadium project in the area in the first quarter of next year.
The governor said the performance of his government justified the need to vote for the APC candidate in the by-election, Mr. Akinwunmi Olaitan.
Olaitan emerged the party’s candidate following the death of Adewale, who was elected in the last year’s election.
He said, “The past, present and future belong to all of you. Ojokoro and Ijaye will move forward. In the last one and a half years, Lagos has been working. We have not started anything yet. Lagos will make greater progress next year. We will implement the budget faithfully. We will fulfill our promises.”
After observing a minute silence in honour of Adewale, Olaitan received the party’s flag from the state Chairman of the party, Henry Ajomale.
At the rally were the Lagos State APC Deputy Chairman, Cardinal James Odunmbaku, a House of Representatives member, Jide Jimoh, and other party chieftains.
The senator representing Lagos-West senatorial district, Olamilekan Adeola, urged the people of the constituency to repeat the feat of last year’s election by voting for the APC candidate.
He said, “This is the first time the APC will vote under the Ambode administration. You should vote for the APC in appreciation of the good works of the governor.”