Remi Adefulu, Lagos
Chairman of Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) Election Organising Committee, Senator Uche Ekwunife, yesterday, linked the massive infrastructural renewal across the state to political stability, saying it was time for such to be replicated nationwide to facilitate growth and development.
Speaking at a well-attended congress of the party held at the party’s secretariat on Acme Road, Ikeja, Ekwunife particularly commended the seamless political transition and the peaceful conduct of members of the party throughout the congress, saying such political maturity was rare in the country.
She said it was time for the party to replicate the smooth political transition in Lagos nationwide.
“We are very glad to be here; we have been here since yesterday and we have been interacting with members of the State Exco and other party leaders. We also had stakeholders meeting yesterday and we stand to say Lagos State is politically stable. Not only that we are here to conduct the congress, we are going to suggest to the party that other states should take Lagos State as a model.
“Without having political stability, you can’t have massive infrastructure anywhere. So, when you are outside Lagos and you are hearing that Lagos is performing; Lagos is growing; Lagos is expanding in terms of infrastructure, it is just about political stability. And it is only in Lagos that you see a chairman of a political party that has been chairman for the past years and there is so much joy in him handing over.
“So, Lagos State is not just having smooth transition in governance, it is also having smooth transition in the political party which is rare anywhere in the states,” Ekwunife said.
The congress, which was attended by the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode; Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule; and Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello, among others, produced Alhaji Tunde Balogun, a former Commissioner for Home Affairs, as the new Chairman of the party.
Other key state officials elected unanimously are State Deputy Chairman, Chief Sunday Ajose; Vice Chairman (West), Funsho Olugunde; Vice Chairman (East), Ashipa Olusanya; Vice Chairman (Central), Akeem Bamgbola; State Secretary, Dr Wale Ahmed; and Publicity Secretary, Joe Igbokwe, among others