The Lagos West Senatorial Zone on Friday passed a vote of confidence on Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode, endorsing him to go for a second term.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that party leaders from the zone, led by Chief Rabiu Oluwa and other members endorsed Ambode at a special assembly in Ikeja.
Other prominent APC members and government officials present include the Deputy Governor, Mrs Idiat Adebule, former deputy governor, Mrs Sarah Sosan, state party chairman, Chief Henry Ajomale, Sen. Olamilekan Solomon (Lagos West) and a former minister, Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro.
Sen. Ganiu Solomon; National Woman Leader of the party, Chief Kemi Nelson; Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the state, Mr Kehinde Bamgbetan, and members of the state assembly including, Mr Bisi Yusuf (Alimosho 1) were also at the event.
The party chairmen of the 28 local governments in the senatorial zone were also present at the forum, where Ambode was endorsed via voice vote.
A political drama played out at the venue when supporters of Olamikekan, who had been nursing a gubernatorial ambition in Ogun state and those of Obanikoro tried to outdo one another in a sort of supremacy battle over who should represent the zone in the Senate in 2019.
Olamilekan arrived the venue minutes after commencement with horde of supporters carrying posters and banners with uniform inscription “No vacancy in Lagos West, we want you back as our Senator”.
Not wanting to be outdone, Obanikoro ‘s supporters, armed with “Obanikoro for Lagos West Senatorial Zone” banners, joined Olamilekan’s supporters on the stage, each chanting the names of their candidate.
The situation delayed the programme for about 45 minutes as party leaders and security agencies had a hectic time to control the supporters of the two politicians.
Both Obanikoro and Olamilekan later stood up to control their supporters,  who then retreated to their positions, but not without making occasional chants to drive home their choices.
Oluwa said at the event that the gathering was to celebrate the achievements of the governor and endorse him for second term.
“What we have come here to do is not for political campaigns but to celebrate the achievements of a working governor and endorse him for another term.
“When Asiwaju Tinubu started the development strides in Lagos, we thought that was the end. Then came Fashola, and he did his best. And now we have Gov. Ambode and he is doing better and better by the day.
“Let us look at infrastructural developments in the state in Ikeja, Berger, Abule Egba, Lekki, in the area of electricity and others, we will see that the government has done very well.
“He has replicated the same in healthcare, education, sports and all the other sectors.
“Since the other senatorial zones have endorsed him for second term, we feel, as the largest senatorial zone in the state should not be left out.
“We are proud of the governor and his achievements and that is why party members and those present today have asked the governor to carry on with his development strides,” he said.
He thanked residents for the support they had given to the state government and urged them to continue the support through the payment of their taxes.
Also speaking, Women leader, Kemi Nelson, described Ambode as an achiever who had done a lot to raise the bar of governance in the state.
He said Ambode had done a lot to empower women.
“Our governor has done a lot for the state and has done particularly well for women.
“Women in the state are satisfied with what he is doing and that is why we are here to ask him to go for another term,” she said.
Speaking in like manner, former deputy governor, Sosan said the performance of Ambode had made him a natural choice for second term.
“I am in support of Ambode for second term and I have no doubt that everyone is supporting our performing governor for a second term.
“The governor has surpassed expectations. We are glad with what he is doing in Lagos and that is why we want him to have another term to do more”, she said.
The deputy chairman of the party in the state, Chief Omolaja Odumbaku, said the party was pleased with the performance of Ambode.
He said it was on that basis that the state chapter was endorsing Ambode for another term.

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Scores of Lagos residents on Sunday converged on the recently unveiled Johnson Jakande Tinubu (JJT) Park in Alausa, Ikeja to celebrate this year’s international mother’s day amidst pumps and pageantry.
The special celebration sponsored by Friesland Campina, makers of Peak Milk, was preceded by a tour of exciting places in Lagos State.
There were lots of food, drinks and exciting prizes for winners of the mini competition on general knowledge quiz.
Speaking on his experience, a Lagos resident, Mr Abiola Dauda who took his wife out for the mother’s celebration at JJT Park, said the experience was pleasant and awesome.
He said: “We are here to be part of the celebration and this has really been an eventful one. We came in after the church service this morning and the first thing was that we had a tour round interesting places in Lagos State. Even though we might have been passing through those places everyday but the hustle and bustle of Lagos has made us not to appreciate some of those images that we have all around Lagos but today we had fun going round.”
He particularly commended the State Government for upgrading the JJT Park to its present State, saying the environment was serene and conducive.
“JJT Park is really phenomenal. This is the type of park that people pay so much to experience but Lagos State, in trying to set the pace for other States, has made the park free of charge. People come in from to relax, have a good time and the experience had been very fantastic.
“The quality of the toilet is very clean; the environment is green and relaxing. I must really commend the effort of the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode and the executive. if this is what they are doing with our taxes, it’s worth it. More kudos to him.This is something that makes Lagos State to stand out among the other States in Nigeria,” Dauda said.
Also, another fun seeker, Mrs Folashade Olaoye said the awesome experience she was subjected to at the park, made her to be proud to be a mother.
“I am proud to be a mother. It was fun today; I met new people and enjoyed myself in this very nice environment. I want to thank the organisers of this event and the Lagos State Government for this nice environment,” she said.
On her part, Mrs Ajayi Oluwayemisi said the experience would linger for long in her mind, as she had fun to the fullest.
“I am happy to be alive today to be among the living. This is a very great park and the environment is very neat for the people to enjoy themselves,” she said.
High point of the event was the performance by hip hop star, Kiss Daniel who thrilled the audience with his hit songs.