The Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in Lagos State, Dr. Olajide Adediran, also known as Jandor, has emphasized the importance of receiving royal endorsements in order to defeat incumbent Governor Bababjide Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressive Congress in the 2023 governorship election.
As part of his continuous tour of the state’s 245 wards, Jandor addressed traditional leaders in the Badagry Division on Saturday.
The governorship candidate officially began his campaign on Wednesday in the state’s Alimosho Local Government.
In front of cheering crowds at the Palace of the Akran of the Badagry Kingdom, Oba De Wheno Aholu, the Menu-Toyi 1, gave the citizens the assurance that Badagry Division will not lag behind if he were to become the state’s governor.
He said, “My administration will bring development to Badagry, build bridges and make the division investment destination for investors.
“I want to congratulate you this time around because ever since the return of democracy no one considers Badagry Division for governorship seat in Lagos State. That I got PDP ticket is predestinated by God.
“I want to thank you for standing by us and prayers. I want to congratulate this division especially my fathers that in Lagos it is the turn of Badagry royal fathers. It is good luck to Badagry.
“I was trained in this house and my fathers and mothers are here today. It is our turn to serve. I have not come to play politics but to seek your blessings.
“You are the fathers of all and we have come to seek your blessings. We are not at war with anybody and our government would be for the masses.”
Adediran informed the monarchs that Badagry was the next in their team’s tour of all the wards in the state.
He bemoaned the poor condition of the division’s roads and declared that because he would not be in office, the situation would continue.
The PDP candidate urged young people to inform their friends, especially those who are members of the APC, that it is time for the son of the soil to take control.
Sunny Ajose, a prominent politician in the region, as well as other members of the APC and PDP would be acknowledged in his administration, he continued.
He added, “All the Deputy Governors and APC party chairmen that they have been giving us what have they achieved.
“I can tell you that even the Chairman of the APC in Lagos State, Cornelius Ojelabi would vote for the PDP in 2023. I told him before I started the race. When I become the governor I would take care of him.
“I am not going to be a PDP or APC Governor, I would be the Governor of all. Since they have been ruling they have not been able to complete Badagry Expressway unlike what they did in Lekki.
“We are going to have Coconut Island in Badagry just as we have Banana Island. We will construct bridges in the division,” he said.
Jandor asked the division to support all PDP candidates in the February 25, 2023, and March 11, 2023, state and national elections.
At the palace, Adediran told the thronging party’s supporters that his team was ready to lead a compassionate government that would put the needs of the people first.
Nollywood star and entrepreneur, Funke Akindele informed the elders that she joined Adediran in order to inspire optimism in the state’s young women, and children.
“I am promising you that I will do you proud, I will not disappoint you,” she added.
The Oniworo of Iworo Kingdom, Oba Oladele Kosoko, spoke at the palace on behalf of the division’s traditional leaders, saying: “Only a child will not know what Badagry Division is going through.
“Whoever God has chosen to help our division will get there. We, as fathers, will continue to pray for you.”
He advised the lawmakers to focus their platforms on real problems, solutions and stay away from violence.
Jandor and his deputy, Akindele, were prayed for by the division’s traditional leaders, Oba Saheed Adamson and Oba Oyekan Ajose, the Alapa of Apa Kingdom.
The campaigns team then went to Badagry’s well-known Agbalata Market and other locations to solicit support from local shopkeepers and business owners.