March 5, 2019

Voters’ apathy: Don’t neglect the elites in campaigns-Lagos residents tell politicians


By Olasunkanmi Akoni


Residents of Omole phase II, Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area, LCDA,have called on the political class to change their strategy by involving the elites in campaigneering in order to reduce voters’ apathy during elections.

Meanwhile Senator Gbenga Ashafa, representing Lagos East Senatorial District, has called on residents of the district to come and vote en-masse for the governorship candidate of All Progressive Congress, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and other APC candidates in the coming Saturday elections in the state.

The Chairman of Omole Phase 11, Dele Lanasa and the Vice Chairman of Mogodo, Lanre Bakare made the call Tuesday, during a door-to-door campaign, organized by Ashafa in conjunction with Coalition of Gated Estates within the district aimed at drawing support for APC Gubernatorial candidate Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy Dr. Obafemi Hamzat as well as all APC House of Assembly Candidates in Lagos East.


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The Door to Door Campaign was embarked upon for the sole purpose of sensitizing the residents of Lagos East Senatorial District on reasons why they should vote for the APC candidates in the up coming Gubernatorial as well as House of Assembly Elections and to urge them to come out en masse to vote for them.

Lanasa also appreciated Ashafa for filulfilling his promise. ” You promised three transformer,s we have seen it. You are not far from us.”

The Chairman said, “The politicians always afar from during the campaign period. They do neglect estate residents, simply because they believe we are elites and know what to do without considering the fact that they have to canvass for our votes as well, that is why you are having voters’ apathy because those who are supposed to come out were not encouraged.

“We do things by ourselves because they see us as elite.  We have not seen much impact of the government on estates. This are government estates, we have 24 roads in this estate, 15 out of it were not tarred. We do it by ourselves.

“You cannot come here to give us rice to vote, we know what we want. We judge people by their performance. It is very important to pay attention to us, though we re paying taxes, we do things by ourselves. We are expecting government to do more to the estates.

“During registration, we had to organises special section to make sure our people come out to register and get their PVC. The governorship and the senatorial candiadate need to pay attention to the development of our community. ”


In his remarks, Ashafa, therefore, charged charged them on to move to next level adding that it is imperatives with the promise not to be far away from them.

The Senator added: “Babajide Sanwo-Olu has already revealed his 5-point agenda for Lagos tagged: Project Theme’. ‘THEME’ stands for Traffic Management & Transportation, Health and Environment, Education and Technology, Making Lagos 21st century Compliant and Entertainment and Tourism.

“These are areas that he intends to focus on extensively to take Lagos to a higher level.  It is important that we let our people be aware of this project to enable them understand the reason why they should come out and support him and other APC Flag bearers in Lagos East. Hence this door to door campaign.”

He therefore, urged them to come out en masse to deliver the mandate. “Overnight the years I have relied on your votes and we have never failed to deliver for APC. Now it is time to do it again.”

The Door to Door campaign kicked off at Isheri into Magodo Phase 1 and ended at the campaign train at Omole Phase 2 with an interactive session with the Estate Executives at the Omole Residents Association Secretariat. The procession is expected to continue till Thursday into at least 40 gated Estates within the district.