- The direct primary option adopted by the Lagos state chapter of the APC seems to favour politicians with formidable structures
- Bayo Osinowo, a senatorial aspirant for Lagos East, is set to benefit from the direct primary option due to his influence in the area
- The area coordinator, Dele Ajayi, has told party members to begin door to door campaign for him
A front-line senatorial aspirant for Lagos East, Bayo Osinowo is leaving no stone upturned in his bid to secure the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the October 2, 2018 direct primary.
Osinowo, a very prominent member of Lagos state House of Assembly, popularly known as 'Pepper,' is gearing to battle with the incumbent; Senator Gbenga Ashafa.
Osinowo's campaign organisation known as 'Team Pepper,' has been consolidating on his senatorial aspiration of Osinowo with district-wide visits and important meetings, to ensure that he wins the ticket.
The director general of the campaign organisation, Primate Charles Olugbesi, said the meetings were convened to further woo party members ahead of the primary.
He described the direct primary option adopted by the party as the best, adding that it has widened the scope of participation of party members, unlike previous arrangement (indirect primary) where the choice of electing candidates were determined by a few.
“Every political period comes with a new approach, in the past years, political parties are structured to elect their various candidates through delegate system, but as change is constant, we are now witnessing a new approach.
“Hence, we must work in conformity with the new strategy to woo party members, so that an all-embracing victory will be achieved," he said.
Thousands of APC party faithfuls across Lagos East senatorial district came out in their respective local governments to attend the inaugural simultaneous meetings of the campaign organisation.
The meetings which held across the sixteen local governments, making up the district, were well-attended by party adherents, and provided a veritable platform for marketing the ideals of Osinowo to every member of the party.
Addressing a mammoth crowd of party supporters in Ibeju-Lekki local government, the area coordinator, Dele Ajayi, informed party members that Osinowo is “the genuine formula to attract accelerated development to the district,” adding that, “there is a need to raise the bar from the ongoing cosmetic approach to an all-inclusive model.”
He continued: “In the past seven and a half years, we have witnessed a representation below par in the district, it is more worrisome to seeing the cosmetic touch in the delivering of governance, this has bottle-necked development in the district.
“However, if we are concerned about the development of our district, there is a need for us to stand with a performer, stabilizer and a unifier, and these ideals can be found in the candidacy of Hon. Bayo Osinowo.
“I urge you all to begin door to door campaign for him, as scores of party members witnessed here today is a testimony that the primary is done and dusted.”
Likewise, in the Epe axis of the district, it was a carnival galore across the three local councils making up the area, as party members were treated to different kind of music and political conversations.
Speaking to scores of party adherents in the area, the coordinator, Bola Daudu described Hon. Bayo Osinowo as a complete party man, who understands the plight of every party man.
Speaking to journalists recently, Osinowo said his political consultations have imbued him with some fresh ideas that will enhance the provision of effective, visionary and purposeful leadership when he resumes as a senator.
He, therefore, called on the good people of the district to remain supportive of his candidacy, promising to raise the bar of representation beyond the expectations of all and sundry
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