Lagos State: PDP Gubernatorial Candidate Meets with Igbo Traders
The Lagos state PDP governorship candidate, Dr. Abdul-Azeez Adediran, also known as ‘Jandor’, has met with Igbo traders and other groups in Surulere local government area, soliciting support ahead of the forthcoming elections.
(The Igbos are one of the major ethnic groups in the country. They are indigenous to South-east Nigeria)
Adediran in company of other party leaders and candidates on Thursday assured the people of his resolve to respect the rights of everyone in the state whether indigenes or non-indigenes.
He said he is committed to taking back the government of the state and returning it to the masses.
Adediran, in his grassroots engagement with Igbo traders and leaders, promised to treat them and other ethnic nationalities residing in the state fairly.
“Your rights are no longer going to be infringed upon.
“We know that you play a huge role in the economy of our state. Nobody will harass your business premises when I emerge the governor of Lagos state.
“All the money that you bring into our economy is doing so much. I thank you for that.
“Anyone who appreciates the role you play in the economy will ensure that nobody harasses you in your businesses.
“We will ensure that vehicles conveying your containers are given free passage to your business premises because the goods are for the growth of the community where you are located.”
“I assure you that your businesses and investment in the state will be protected.
“I will make sure that you are comfortable in Lagos state because you consider Lagos state as your home. Be rest assured that I would consider you as one of us in Lagos,” he said.
While expressing appreciation to Adediran for personally coming to them to solicit for their support, Christopher Eluu, the President of Mega Auto Parts, Allied Traders Association (MAPATA) said that they were satisfied with the action of the PDP candidate.
Eluu assured him that the group would vote for any candidate who showed concern about their welfare and would not disturb them in their business premises.
“We have mobilized our members and have told them to get their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) and we have also taken a decision on who we are going to vote,” Aluu said.
Similarly, in another interactive session with residents of Nigeria Railway Compound in Tejuosho Estate, the PDP candidate assured them that he would run a humane government and put the people first in all policies and programmes.
Adediran said that his grassroots engagement at various wards in each of the local government areas was necessitated by the need to have a first hand information on the challenges facing the people and how to address them.
He said that his choice of a woman, Funke Akindele, as running mate was to see to the needs of women and their children and give attention to them.
“It is time to have a Lagos that would appreciate the contribution of non-indigenes; we would take them as one of us and anywhere they trade, we would stop any form of harassment,” he assured.
Adediran and his campaign train also engaged different other socio-cultural, community and trade groups, soliciting support.
NAN/ Amaka E. Nliam