Members of the Lagos chapter of Yam Dealers and Traders Association of Nigeria have declared their support for presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and the party’s gubernatorial candidate in Lagos, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The yam dealers, in their numbers, led an endorsement rally to the Tinubu-Shettima/Sanwo-Olu-Hamzat Independent Campaign Council (ICC) office in Ikeja GRA, brandishing tubers of yam and their permanent voter cards (PVCs).

The traders were received by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, and the ICC Director-General, Mr. Tayo Ayinde.

Kehinde Olaosebikan, Chairman of the association, said the rally was a way of conveying the yam traders’ appreciation to the APC Government in Lagos for several interventions, which, he said, had benefited the association’s members greatly.

Dr. Hamzat told the traders that endorsement rally for the Tinubu and Sanwo-Olu tickets was first leg of their responsibility towards ensuring the success of the candidates at the polls. The second leg, the Deputy Governor said, is to galvanise all their members to vote en mass for APC at the elections.

He urged some of the association members who were yet to get their PVCs to do so within the time window announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), urging the electorate to prepare total

Hamzat said: “The coming general elections are crucial for our party and State. We must show our strength and numbers, because we are not just going to vote; we want to humiliate the opposition parties with a very wide margin. We have over seven million voters in Lagos alone and our target is to deliver five million votes to elect our presidential candidate. By the support we have received from your association, we believe the margin is attainable.

Those contesting against Tinubu and Sanwo-Olu are political clowns who don’t understand anything about governance. We must use our votes to retire them. Tinubu is not only fit to run for president, he is the smartest political personality of this period. He is bold, intelligent and influential. We have a Governor in Lagos who is making positive impact on the lives of citizens. For us continue to see the amazing projects delivered, you must return Sanwo-Olu to power. Your endorsement is a great step, but this must be completed by voting massively for APC.”

The Deputy Governor said APC’s agricultural programmes and policies had raised the level of food security in the country, noting that the Sanwo-Olu administration had recently flagged off the construction of what would be the largest Food Security Systems and Central Logistics Park in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. Hamzat said part of the objectives of the food park, being built on 1.2 million square metres of land in Ketu-Ereyun, Epe, was to reduce the loss of peasant farmers and petty traders in the value chains.

The food park, he said, is a component of an audacious five-year Agricultural and Food Systems Road Map (2021–2025) launched last year by Gov. Sanwo-Olu to enhance food sufficiency in Lagos.

Ayinde hailed the yam traders for turning out to endorse Tinubu and Sanwo-Olu, stressing that the association’s support for the APC was based on unprecedented growth in food production and security achieved in the sector.

The gesture of the yam traders, he said, would boost the support base of the party in Lagos and increase the APC’s chance in attaining victory at the presidential election.

Ayinde urged the yam traders to mobilise their members into voting all the APC candidates running for legislative seats in the State and federal elections.

Olaosebikan said it was time to pay back Tinubu, whom, he said, was the first Governor in the current republic to create a small business loan scheme for petty enterprises in the informal economy.

The yam traders’ association chairman recalled how Sanwo-Olu came through for the yam sellers when they were threatened with ejection from their depot located around Berger axis. The Governor, Olaosebikan said, had not only protected their interests, but has also sustained the loan programme for petty traders.

He said: “We have embarked on this endorsement rally in support of our father, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who saw our plights and rescued many of us from the grip despair. Many of us could not own shops, much less stocking them with yams. Tinubu initiated a loan programme from which many of our members benefited. Some used the money to start businesses, which are still flourishing till today.

“This is a pay back time for the man who helped us. We are not in doubt that APC Government has done its best in supporting farmers and bringing about best policies to assist us. Sanwo-Olu has sustained the small business loan and we have members still benefiting from this scheme.” We are here with our PVCs to show that we have the numbers and strength to return APC to power in Lagos and at the federal level.”



The Association of Hoteliers in Lagos State today declared their support for the presidential bid of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the re-election of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu in the coming general elections.

This declaration was made in a well-attended event on the ground of the Independent Campaign council on 58/60 Oduduwa Crescent GRA, Ikeja today the 18th January, 2023.

The Chief of Staff to the Governor of Lagos State who also doubles as the Director General of the ICC acknowledged the receipt of the association’s 11-points request. He assured the Association that the ICC will make sure their request is granted.

He noted that the current Government ably led by Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu will continue to create enabling environment for all business interest including the hospitality and tourism sector.

He went further to inform the gathering that President Muhammed Buhari will be visiting Lagos State before the end of the month to commission Lekki Deep Sea Port, The Imota Rice Mill, the Blue Line Rail (Phase 1), He says Mr Governor has achieved these because of his ability to engineer a robust system for the state.

Mr. Tayo Ayinde also told the gathering that the wonders that are seeing in Lagos are attributed to the visionary of our generation, the man Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He said this is why all of us should get our PVCs and vote for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and for the re-election of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu.

On his part the president of the association in Lagos State, Chief Oluomo Jamiu Talabi noted that the members of the association, though non-partisan, are supporting the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s mandate as well as the re-election bid of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu in the coming elections. He noted that the hoteliers in the association are the small and medium scale hoteliers in Lagos state.

The highlights of the event were the submission of the speech of the president of Hoteliers, presentation of caps produced by the Hoteliers and the association membership form to the Director General of the Independent Campaign Council.

The event was organized under the supervision of Hon. M.M Lawal, the director of Tradesmen and Artisans Directorate, In the roll call of the leadership of the Association of Hoteliers were Chief Oluomo Jamiu Talabi the president of the association, Chief Popoola the second vice president and Prince Robert Obie the General Secretary among others.



The Ebira Community in Lagos were received by the Directorate of Ethnic Nationalities of the Tinubu/Shettima and Sanwo/Hamzat Independent Campaign Council (ICC) at their secretariat, 58/60 Oduduwa Crescent, GRA Ikeja.

The DG of ICC and Chief of Staff of Lagos State, Mr. Tayo Ayinde assured the gathering that the Government of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has delivered on his campaign promises and he is ready to do more. He submitted that an Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the presidency remains the answer to the many agitations in the country.

He therefore appealed to the gathering to give their votes in all to the party candidates, stating from the presidential candidate to the State House of Assembly.

The Director of the Directorate, Hon. Wale Adelana admonished all not to relent in their efforts to ensure victory for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu and all other candidates of the party.

The leadership of Directorate of Ethnic Nationalities of ICC at the event were Hon. Wale Adelana the director, Chief Solomon Chukwu Deputy Director, Alhaji kpatako Mohammed Sharu Deputy Director, Alhaji Muhammed Ndana the Secretary of the Directorate, and Mrs. Favour Emmanuel among others.

Independent Campaign Council rolls out plans to ensure APC victory in Lagos ~Ajasa-Info


• ‘We’re complementing party’s efforts, not working at cross purposes’ – Tayo Ayinde

The Independent Campaign Council (ICC) working for election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and the re-election of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in Lagos State has launched a data driven campaign strategy to ensure the success of the party in the State.

The support group said it would leave no stone unturned in galvanising and mobilising the electorate at the grassroots level in order to deliver five million votes promised the APC candidate in next month’s presidential election.

At its inaugural meeting held in Alausa on Wednesday, the group’s Director General, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, charged members of all directorates to intensify their activities across the local councils, while using the ICC structure to promote the party’s achievements.

The meeting, attended by directors of all the directorates within the group, was chaired by the ICC chairman, Cardinal James Odunmbaku, popularly known as Baba Eto.

Ayinde, who is the Chief of Staff to Governor Sanwo-Olu, said the selection and appointment of the directorates’ leaders was based on the testimony of their loyalty to APC and their capacity to deliver their polling units.

The group’s Director General said the ICC would be adopting a bottom-up approach to garner support for the APC’s candidates, as direct response to the evolving voter demographics and electoral rules.

He reminded the ICC directors that stakes were higher, because of the desperation of the opposition parties to use “cheap blackmail and empty rhetoric” to hoodwink undecided voters.

Ayinde said: “APC has a pedigree of incomparable electoral success in Lagos, which has become the home of progressive politics in the federation. The party’s electoral successes have also been matched with trail-blazing, proactive governance for the common good of the majority of the citizens since 1999. The current responsibility of ICC is to take the messages of ‘Awa lo kan’ and ‘a Greater Lagos Rising’ to every nook and cranny of Lagos, to every stakeholder, to every voting block and every voter.

“Our campaign must be robust, enlightening, issues-based and focussed on competence, pedigree, the need for structural continuity and public trust. Our products are not only good but they are the best. The manifesto and programmes of our candidates are already available to the public as reference and tool for selling them to the electorate. Like every good product, we have a responsibility to soft-sell our candidates to Lagosians by highlighting their competences and promises.

“We are not unmindful of the fact that there is a big gap to fill between our existing electoral results and the current target. There is a big gap between the previous data of registered voters, active voters and the current equivalents. We are determined to run a data-driven campaign towards retaining our core voters, identifying undecided voters and bridging the gap for the success of APC in Lagos. We shall assign, record and review our activities to ensure this objective is realised.”

The ICC Director General, however, hailed APC campaign council for its commitment towards promoting the party’s successes.

Ayinde dismissed the notion that the ICC was initiated to work at cross purposes with the APC campaign council structure in the State, noting that the independent group and the party were not in competition except working in complementary roles to achieve the same objective.

He said many of the ICC directors were party leaders, while the field officers selected to work in the directorates belonged to various grassroots organisations.

The Director General charged them to adopt effective strategies and tactics to reach out to potential voters.



•Tayo Ayinde, Baba Eto lead grassroots campaign for APC candidates

An Independent Campaign Group (ICG) has been floated in Lagos State for the re-election of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the actualisation of the presidential ambition of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Frontline politician and Christian leader, Cardinal James Odunmbaku, popularly known as Baba Eto, is the chairman of the independent group whose role will be complementary to the ongoing campaign of the Lagos APC.

Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, who led similar effort in 2018, is the Director General of the ICG. Ayinde will be overseeing the activities of all the directorates under the group.

The ICG was constituted purposely for the mobilisation of voters at the grassroots level towards meeting the target of five million votes for the party in the presidential candidate and to deliver votes across Lagos councils for the party’s governorship flag bearer.

Odunmbaku said the mandate of the ICG was to create a penetrating structure that would independently take the party’s campaign activities to the grassroots. He said the group’s mission was to operate from the grassroots to the top level.

He said: “Our work is a simple but technical one, because we operate from the grassroots to the top level. This Independent Campaign Group is an assembly of grassroots volunteers and mobilisers working for the actualisation of the presidential ambition of our leader, Asiwaju Tinubu, and for the re-election of our performing Governor Sanwo-Olu.

“Everyone appointed into this group has been given the charge to engage Lagosians on our message. They have shown their readiness to work and take the campaign to the voters in theirs abodes. Our operation and activities are independent of the party’s ongoing campaign but we will be working in complementary to the campaign activities of the party.”

Heads of the 60 directorates in the group were sworn in on Friday at its office in GRA, Ikeja.

Bashorun Sikiru Alabi-McFoy is the Vice Chairman, Chairman of Conference 57 in Lagos, Hon. Kolade Alabi, is the adviser to the group m.

There are four Assistant Directors-General for the ICG in the three senatorial districts, with Lagos West having two Deputy DGs to oversee the group’s activities in Badagry and Ikeja divisions.

Jubril Gawat, an influential social media user and Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Sanwo-Olu on New Media, leads the Directorate of Digital Communications.



The Ajegunle-based sociopolitical movement — Alalubarika Nation has commiserated with Lagos State Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, who lost his wife Princess Adedoyin Raliat Ojora-Ayinde to the cold hands of death on Sunday, November 13, 2022.

Mrs. Adedoyin Ayinde until her death was a caring mother and supportive wife who stood by Mr. Ayinde through thick and thin.

In a statement released by the group under the leadership of Hon. AbdoulBaq Ladi Balogun, he said: “Mr. Tayo Ayinde, please, accept our condolences on the passing of your darling wife – Princess Adedoyin Raliat Ayinde. We ask the Almighty God to forgive her shortcomings and make His coveted paradise her home.”

Alalubarika Nation also beseeched God to shield the children she left behind and give Mr. Tayo Ayinde, her friends and the family, the fortitude to bear the sudden irreparable loss.



The Chief of Staff to the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Tayo Ayinde has disclosed that the present administration under Mr. Governor has, since its inception, paid N70 Million compensation to the families of Security Officers who died or were injured in the line of duty in Lagos.

Ayinde disclosed this at the presentation of another N5 Million Cheque to the family of a Rapid Responses Squad (RRS) Officer, Superintendent of Police Oluwatobi Peters who died in active service.

He described the State Government’s monetary support as a gesture of goodwill to the family left behind, maintaining that no amount of monetary gift can make up for lost lives and the gallantry of the fallen patriots.

Ayinde further disclosed that the State Government has also made adequate provisions for medical care to security operatives who were injured while discharging their duties across the state.

The Chief of Staff added that the gesture is in tandem with one of Governor Sanwo-Olu’s policies as conceptualised in the State Government T.H.E.M.E.S agenda on Security and Good Governance, adding that they are also to encourage Security Officers for effective performance in protecting lives and properties of residents across the State

He gave the assurance that the State Government would ensure that the State remains secure and safe with far-reaching support to security operatives in Lagos.

In his own remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Chief of Staff; Mr. Olawale Musa expressed the commitment of the present administration to always provide the needed support and compensation to the families of Police Officers who lose their lives in active service in the State.


Lagos State Deputy Governor Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, Chief of Staff to Lagos State Governor Tayo Ayinde, APC National Leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Deputy Chief of Staff to Lagos State Governor Gboyega Soyanwo, and Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Education Tokunbo Wahab, during the Lagos state Government officials to the APC Apex Leader in London, on Sunday.

Source: The Guild

APATIRA Felicitates with Buffalo @57 ~Ajasa-Info

Happy Birthday to the ever Supportive, Benevolent, Charitable, Progressive and Charismatic Chief of Staff to the Governor of Lagos State HON.TAYO AKINMADE AYINDE.

Sir,as you mark your years of existence on Earth today, I join others in wishing you a very happy birthday. May you have many more years and sound health to stay with us and continue to lead!

You are the best leader anyone could ask for. I am very proud of you and your achievements.You have been a role model and an example of selfless giving to this generation, and we are proud to hold you as someone worthy of emulation. On this special day, we want to tell you that we recognize your labor of love as we celebrate you and hope for many more years of useful work for the good of humanity.

We are proud to be a part of your special day. May you be blessed with many more. Happy birthday!

Signed: Ahmed Olanrewaju Apatira


Every August 24th is meant for great minds and dependable personalities to be celebrated. The
Legislative Icon, the Speaker Emeritus in Lagos State and the longest serving Speaker in Nigeria, Rt Hon Adeyemi Sabit Ikuforiji , a devoted democrat, a reformer of note, a legend in the Comity of legislators, your unwavering Loyalty to our National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmad Tinubu is testimonial.

“Happy 63rd Birthday to my Leader, my benefactor, my brother, my friend and my confidant. Igba odun, odun kan ni o.”

“In the same vein ,I joined millions of your admirer to Celebrate the engine room of Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu administration, the Chief of Staff Mr Tayo Ayinde ( BUFFALO).”

“A man with a large heart and intimidating Character and reputation, a dogged loyalists of our party and our National Leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmad Tinubu.”

“Best wishes today and always , igba Odun, odun kan ni o. Congratulations sir”