The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, has urged voters to vote for a presidential candidate that understands development, finance and good governance.
Hamzat said that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu would replicate the positive transformation in Lagos State across Nigeria if elected President.
The deputy governor also asked the populace to sustain the All Progressives Congress (APC) in power to continue to enjoy massive dividends of democracy.
Hamzat made the call at the annual Agege Day celebration and the launch of N500million Education Endowment Fund held at the Agege Stadium on Tuesday.
He advised residents in the historic town to continue to sustain the peaceful cohabitation of various ethnic groups living in Agege.
He said: “Today presents us an opportunity to celebrate values of community development and reflect on how we can continue to live peacefully among ourselves.
” I can tell that Agege is one million times better than what it was during the pre-1999 era not just in terms of roads but in all community development projects which we have all seen.
“We have many Primary Health Centres that are working; we have seen many public schools well equipped and are doing very well and many initiatives of the state and local government.
“All these are possible because we are able to live peacefully in Agege. Without peace, apparently there is nothing we can do. So at this year’s celebration, celebrating our unity and progress is apt for the remarkable peace Agege has achieved in the atmosphere of oneness, peace to have been sustained over the years.
“The N500million Agege Endowment Education Fund that is being launched today is a laudable idea and a clear understanding of the role of education as an enabler and the most potent tools for our youths that we have in enormous population in Agege.
“I therefore enjoined all of us to contribute significantly to this fund. It is for the future of our youth. Let me use this opportunity to assure the people of Agege that in line with our administration inclusive policy, Agege will continue to receive a fair share of dividend of democracy in the area of infrastructure development, healthcare services, improvement in educational facilities and other interventions that will enhance the living condition of the people.
“My message to you is to continue to sustain the peaceful cohabitation of various ethnic groups living in Agege. And importantly, let me enjoin you to come out massively to vote for All Progressives Congress (APC).
“I urge you to vote on February 25 for our presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his vice-presidential candidate, Senator Kashim Shetimma and all other candidates of the party from the senate, House of Representatives and House of Assembly.
“We knew what Agege was in 1999 and we know what it is now. Can we replicate that across Nigeria? Let us replicate that across our country so that people can even stay in different part of Nigeria can live well and the burden on Lagos will be reduced.
“So let us cast our vote for a man that knows development, a man that understands finance and governance.
“We have seen progress and all sort of development in Agege. So let us sustain it by voting for our governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and myself as the deputy governor and Lagos House of Assembly candidates on March 11 polls.
“We cannot experiment with our state. Lagos is too important. We are the fifth largest economy in Africa. If it were to be a country, it will be the largest after Algeria, South Africa and Cairo. So the reality is Lagos is too important to experiment with. So I enjoin you to go out there to vote for our party to sustain what we started doing.”
In his remarks, Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. (Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, said the Agege Educational Endowment Fund is aimed at giving a renewed hope and brighter future to the youths in their educational pursuit.
Despite the general challenges confronting various sectors of the country which Agege has had its fair share of, Obasa stated that Agege Constituency is a major beneficiary of the dividends of democracy in Lagos with infrastructure dotting the length and breadth of the entire town.