On Thursday, January 24, 2019, Imota witnessed an influx of a mammoth crowd as the honourable member, Lagos state House of Assembly representing ikorodu constituency 11, Hon Nurudeen Saka Solaja officially flagged off his re-election campaign in grand style.
As early as 10:00AM residents of imota and other parts of constituency 11, such as igbogbo Baiyeku and Ijede had started trooping in for an event slated for 2:00PM. They had no regard for the morning downpour , as they appeared in customized Blue, orange and white shirts and fez caps, chanting and dancing in support of Oluomo of imota, who most of them described as a good representative graciously sent down by God to help humanity.
By the time the event eventually kicked off, imota Round About, the venue for the flag-off had filled up beyond capacity with constituents, All progressive congress (APC), party faithful, community leaders, religious leaders, among others.
The arrival of Hon. Solaja had earlier signaled the kind of representation, the people of ikorodu constituency 11 have been enjoying from him for almost four years now, as a standing ovation coupled with various supportive and political songs heralded him to the event.
The opening prayer said by the chief imam of imota set the programmes of the event in motion, as one of the APC leaders in the constituency Col. Titilola onafowokan (RTD) took it from there, talking about Hon. Saka Solaja’s performance in office. He commended Hon. Solaja for bringing greater development to imota and every part of the constituency. He announced that he had performed beyond expectation in his 1st term, therefore his 2nd term would be superb. He therefore enjoined everyone to come out en masse and vote him in on March 2nd, 2019, during the House of Assemblies Elections.
In his own brief address at the event , Member, Federal House of Representatives, Abuja, representing ikorodu Federal Constituency Hon. Babajimi Adegoke Benson, who is also seeking re-election for 2nd term, told the gathering to reciprocate the good love Hon. Solaja has continued to show to them by mobilizing and voting for him at the poll. This federal lawmaker who was mixing his address with reasonable and political songs advised all Lagosians and Nigerians in general to vote massively for All APC candidates. He described Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu as a man Lagoss State needs now for greater greatness, while urging everyone to vote for himself, Hon. S.O.B Agunbiade of ikorodu constituency 1 and Hon. Nurudeen Saka Solaja of ikorodu constituency 11.
Hon. Benson did not forget to warn Nigerians against voting for peoples ‘ Democratic Party (PDP) candidates; noting that a vote for APC is a vote for good governance, continuity on fight against corruption and the Next level the country desires.
Hon Rotimi Olowo, a colleague of Hon. Solaja in the Lagos State House of Assembly, also explained to the people at the event to vote for all APC candidates in Ikorodu division, as he praised their love for the constituents and commended their unprecedented performance. He advised that from the federal to the state level, Apc’s victory must be ensured by all means.
The majority leader, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. S.O.B Agunbiade, who is contesting for re-election at ikorodu constituency 1, joined the commendation train, as he commended all various projects of Hon. Solaja, which included Empowerment programmes, educational upliftment and provision of basic amenities for his constituents.
Before handing over the party flag to Hon. Solaja, the APC women leader, Lagos East Senatorial District Yeye Fausat Gbadebo appealed to all women to vote for all APC candidates saying, they all have seen their performance and for continuity for good and reliable representation in government, women folks must stand firm and ensure their victory at the forth coming elections.
The climax of the event came when Hon. Solaja was given the party flag as endorsement of his candidature by the ruling party APC. The people at the venue went into rowdy jubilation, sing praising an experienced Account cum politician, Hon. Solaja, for having the opportunity to serve them with his good performance for the second term.
In his short remarks, Hon. Solaja commended everyone for showing gratitude and support for what he had been able to achieve. He thanked all his political leaders for their unflinching support, announcing that it has continued to be a source of encouragement for him. On what he intends to offer in his 2nd term, Hon. Solaja said the people should be expecting something that is greater than what they have got now. He revealed that many artisans, traders, youths; even jobless constituents were empowered in his 1st term, while his second term would do more. He said his good legislation; in terms of bill sponsorship brought a lot of development to his constituency such as road construction, siting of mile 12 market, and construction of modern schools, buildings or structures among others.
Immediately after the flag off, Hon. Solaja, his teaming supporters and some party leaders moved straight to the palace of Ranodu of imota, HRM Oba Ajibade Agoro, where he was presented to the monarch by Alh. Denle Olowu as APC candidate for the constituency.
This gladdened the heart of Oba Agoro who congratulated and commended Hon. Solaja’s performance and showered his royal blessing on him, for his success at the poll.