Igbo traders of Lagos under the aegis of Ndigboamaka Progressive Markets Association, has come together and endorsed the state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu for second term in office for governorship election 2023. The endorsement was made by almost all the Igbo markets association in Lagos State during the “2022 All Market Conference,” that was held in Amuwo Odofin , Lagos State.
Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu accepted the endorsement joyfully and said: “This is another moment for our Government to recognise our Ndigbo brothers and sisters for their commitment to the growth and development of Lagos. Certainly, Ndigbo traders have been part of the good story of Lagos; your entrepreneurial spirit is second to none and the Igbo enterprising spirit has become a case study in Harvard, which is the biggest business school in the world.
“Contribution to the livelihood of your host communities have been acknowledged and in Lagos, we have created together an economy that has continued to grow and position our nation as the biggest economy in Africa. Trading is a veritable link between producers and consumers, which is the area the Ndigbo traders have tirelessly worked to define the growth trajectory of our dear State. I’m happy that our modest interventions for more growth in this area are visible and being recognised.”
He further said: “We have to come to the understanding that we all have different roles to play in keeping Lagos safe for business and living.
“We are all important stakeholders in Lagos project, whether it is Government, traders and private sector individual. We must continue to foster peace and harmony through an avenue like this conference, using the interaction to make Lagos better for everyone of us.”
The Prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria, Dr. Samuel Uche speaking on behalf of the bishops said, “You (Governor Sanwo-Olu) are among the best in governance we currently have in Nigeria. For this reason, I urge that you be allowed to go for a second term in office so as to complete the enviable projects that you started and others that are in the pipeline. All the bishops in Lagos will mobilise our members, our votes must go to Sanwo-Olu.
“Though, I am not a card-carrying member of any political party neither am I partisan, yet I value people for who they are and not their political affiliation. I believe people like you are the one we should replicate all over the world. The Bishops’ Council will pray for you and other government functionaries so that we continue to have a very progressive and development-oriented Lagos State,” he concluded.
President of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo in Lagos, Chief Solomon Ogbonna read enthusiastic address to the governor in the presence of Igbo chiefs and Igbo market leaders. Ogbonna said,
“Mr. Governor, you have not formally told us whether you are seeking re-election or not, but I want to tell you that all the market leaders seated here today are yearning for a second term for you.
“Anytime you walk, we will walk with you. I have been directed by all market leaders under the auspices of Ndigboamaka Progressive Markets Association in all the 58 dealer markets, to tell you that we have endorsed you for second term to show appreciation for your friendly policy and infrastructure projects initiated to help our businesses.”