Governor of Lagos State and Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s National Campaign Council, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said the party would not take the leading opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for granted in the Ondo State governorship election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed October 10, 2020, for the poll in the state.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the inauguration of the National Campaign Council at the APC National Secretariat on Saturday, in Abuja, Sanwo-Olu, who is heading a 104-man campaign team, expressed optimism that the campaign would retain Governor Rotimi Akeredolu as governor.
He said national leader of the APC and a former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and other APC bigwigs were solidly behind Akeredolu to win a second term.
“But we know that the most critical thing is the people of Ondo State.
“It is about good governance, it is about what he is doing.
“It is not an easy job but we believe in him.
“We believe that what he has started as a true progressive, he will take Ondo to higher level.
“They (PDP) really should not waste their time but election is something that is not over until it is all over.
“So, we are not going to take anybody for granted,” he said.
Earlier, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State, who is also the Chairman of the APC National Caretaker/National Convention Planning Committee, said: “l urge our supporters in Ondo State and all over the country to be law abiding, before, during and after the election.”
“We should play healthy competition and promote robust electoral campaign and politics, generally,” he added.
PDP is presenting Mr Eyitayo Jegede as its candidate in the election again.
Jegede had battled Akeredolu in the 2016 Governorship election which the later won.