The entire 16 members of the House of Representatives from Lagos, led by Femi Gbajabiamila, were in attendance at a briefing called to endorse the aspirant of Jide Sanwo-Olu, as the APC governorship candidate in the 2019 election.
Speaking on behalf of the lawmakers, Mr Gbajabiamila urged party members to vote for Sanwo-Olu in the primary election.
“Sanwo-olu has rich pedigree, intimidating credentials. We have sat down and decided on Sanwo-Olu.
‘We have given him our support for tomorrow because he has the best potential to take Lagos to higher levels.
“Members of the house look at things dispassionately, deliberate and take decisions.
“We endorsed Ambode in the past when he was the sole aspirant and was performing well. But politics is dynamic.
“Today, we believe in Sanwo-Olu and we encourage our members to vote for him,” Mr Gbajabiamila said.
He, however, urged party members to remain united, no matter the outcome of the primary.
In his response, Mr Sanwo-Olu urged APC members in Lagos to come out and vote.
“A vote for me will be a vote to taking Lagos to a higher level. “We will bring back the glory to Lagos,” he said.
On allegations of arrest in America levelled against him by Governor Akinwumi Ambode at a briefing earlier in Lagos, Sanwo-Olu said he would not respond to that.
“The party will handle that. I am focused on my campaign and not joining issues with anyone,” he said.
Mr Sanwo-Olu, Mr Ambode’s challenger in the primary, had earlier received endorsement of the party’s Governor’s Advisory Council in the state.
He had also been endorsed by 36 of the 40 members of the state House of Assembly.
Also 36 of the 40 members of the state House of Assembly have resolved to support the governorship ambition of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
“After a parliamentary meeting held on September 29, 2018 at the Lagos State House of Assembly Complex, members do hereby unanimously resolve to support the position of the leadership of All Progressives Congress and the Governor’s Advisory Council in Lagos State on the endorsement of Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu as the APC gubernatorial candidate in the 2019 election
A third aspirant, Femi Hamzat, a former commissioner in the state had also stepped down to support Mr Sanwo-Olu.
The lawmakers paid a solidarity visit to Sanwo-Olu at his Ikoyi home. See more photos below