Bolowotan takes campaign to Ikorodu communities, meets with representatives, market leaders, artisans, youths ~Ajasa-Info


-as voters pledge support for Governor Sanwo-Olu, other APC candidates

Ahead of the gubernatorial and state assembly elections, the Director-General Lagos State Sports Commission, Toyin Gafaar Bolowotan has intensified campaign for the ruling party, All Progressives Congress.

The cerebral sports administrator and brand expert, over the weekend, activated a Get Out The Vote (GOTV) movement in an effort to achieve 120,000 votes for the party within Ikorodu at Saturday’s polls.

Accompanied by his support group, the DG met with the representatives of North Central indigenes living in Ikorodu to canvass for votes for Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and other APC candidates.

The leader of the group, Chief Gideon Boar who spoke on behalf of his people promised that they would vote massively to support Governor Sanwo-Olu and other candidates of the APC in Ikorodu Division.

Bolowotan further took the campaign message to the grand finale of the Renewed Hope Football Challenge organized for the APC presidential, gubernatorial, Senatorial and House of Assembly candidates at the Police barracks field, Igbogbo road, Ikorodu.

The football challenge which was sponsored by Bolowotan had six clubs drawn from the 5 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) participated, namely; Team Bola Ahmed Tinubu (Team BAT), Team Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Team Tokunbo Abiru, Team Babajimi Benson (Team JB), Team Gbolahan Ogunleye (Team OGA) and Team Aro Moshood Abiodun (Team AMA). The finale also had in attendance Rep Babajimi Benson who also urged everyone to give their votes to the APC.

Meanwhile, on Monday, the Get Out The Vote (GOTV) movement on met with market leaders in Ikorodu West LCDA, where Bolowotan urged the market men and women to support the efforts of the government in doing more for the people.

He disclosed that the process starts with the re-election of Governor Sanwo-Olu and ensuring that the lawmakers that would represent Ikorodu at the state assembly are also the APC candidates.

The team further met with leaders of the Nigerian Automobile Technician Association at the Mechanic Village, Agric, Ikorodu where the artisans were urged to give their support to the APC by coming out en-masse to vote for Mr Governor and the assembly candidates.

Bolowotan and his team further moved to Ajaguro in Ikorodu West LCDA to meet with Grinders’ Association (Egbe Elero), CDA leaders, youths and other concerned voters. He again appealed to the people to come out in their numbers to vote the APC on Saturday so there will be continuity in the good governance currently being enjoined in the state.

The GOTV team ended their Monday movement at Majidun where they met with representatives of localities including; Ewenla, Oshodi, Loya, Ayagbo, Araromi, Olufunke, Kunle Dipo communities.

While they all had requests ranging from drainage issues to electricity and water challenges, they also pledged to give their votes to the APC.

In response to some of their requests, Gafaar Bolowotan pledged to donate a borehole to the community and immediately made plans for the commencement of work. The excited people further prayed for Governor Sanwo-Olu while promising to troop out on Saturday to vote the APC at all levels.

On Tuesday, the Lagos Sports boss led his team to meet with the leaders of the Professional Carpenters and Furniture Makers Association of Nigeria. The meeting had in attendance; zonal chairmen, ex chairmen, the Ikorodu branch governor and his executives as well as the President of PCFA in Lagos who incidentally hails from Ikorodu.

The PCFA team welcomed Bolowotan and his campaign crew to a rousing hospitality while thanking him for previous support given to the association. They further pledged to get all their members across Ikorodu division as well as their families to vote the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the two APC candidates for the state house of assembly elections.

In appreciation for their continued support, Bolowotan donated a 10KVA generator to the association while promising even more robust relationship between the association and the government.

The GOTV team also met with leaders of the Community Development Committee (CDC), Ikorodu 2 in Oke Iriya area of Ikorodu. The community leaders who bared their minds on different germane issues however, promised to troop out with other members to vote the APC on Saturday.

Toyin Gafaar Bolowotan in a chat with newsmen disclosed that there will be no resting for his team until campaign deadline elapses as they intend to visit more communities and meet more voters.

He further said that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has been good to Ikorodu and therefore, a massive turnout and even better result than that of the presidential election was the best way to appreciate him.



The Lagos State Sport Community comprising 48 different sports had their representatives converged on 58/60 Oduduwa Cresent GRA, Ikeja the headquarters of Independent Campaign Council for Tinubu/Shettima and Sanwo-Olu/ Hamzat to declare their total support for the presidential candidate of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and to also endorse the return-ticket bid of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu.

The Sport Community in Lagos being an umbrella body that covers both active and retired sport personnel deemed it fit to make the declaration of the members’ support for an Asiwaju presidency owing to his intrest in the sports in Lagos State and beyond.

The Director General of the Independent Campaign Council (ICC), Mr. Tayo Ayinde expressed his joy for seen so many ex- internationals and legends in the World of sports of gathering to pledge their support to Tinubu/ Shettima Presidency and Sanwo-Olu/Hamzat re-election.

He went memory lane on his days as a footballer when he was in secondary school. He reiterated the stand of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu as regards sport development.

Mr. Tayo Ayinde rolled out Mr. Governor’s achievements in Sports development especially the 9 Stadia being built concurrently across the State. He assured them that the government of Lagos State will continue to support sporting activities maximally.

The Director of Sports for ICC, Mr. Toyin Gafaar whose directorate championed the event called some of the sporting legends to address the gathering.

Stepping forward, an ex-international football legend Mr. Waheed Akanni who represented all ex-footballers was pragmatic in his speech. He said the plan is to use football to promote the re-election bid of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu and the candidacy of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the Nigerian president.

He went on to announce that a novelty match is scheduled for 13th February to promote the All Progressives Congress across board.

Mr. Olumide Oyedeji, an Olympian and an African best of the Basket Ball enclave took turn to eulogized the great virtues of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu without mincing words on his support and his colleagues for Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu.

The supporters club led by Ambassador Kemi Ogunfura and her sports supporters group came in large number to pledge their unflinching support to Tinubu/shettima Presidency and Sanwo-Olu/Hamzat re-election as governor of Lagos sate

In the same vein, Hon. Bose Kafo added her voice of commitment to the pursuant of the fulfillment of the Asiwaju’s mandate. She emphasized that paralytics in sport are also ready to deliver their votes.

Dignitaries that graced the event were Mr. Tayo Ayinde, the Director General of ICC, Cardinal James Omolaja Odunmbaku (Chairman of ICC), Hon. Sikiru Alabi Macfoy (Vice Chairman of the ICC), Mr. Kola Peregrino (Deputy Director General ICC), Prince Bayo Osiyemi (Director of Traditional Affairs), Prince Abiodun Abu (Director of Volunteers), Comrade Ayo Adewale (Director of Outdoor Promotion and Management), Hon. Ladi Balogun (Director of Grassroots Engagement), Mr. Lawal Pedro SAN (Director of Legal Affairs)
Mr. Waheed Akanni Ex- International, Mr. Olumide Oyedeji, Comrade Olusesan Daini (Director of Media), Mrs. Folashade Onajobi (Director of Women Mobilization), Mr. Jubril Gawat, (Director of New Media) Mrs. Kenny Saint Brown (Director of Communication and Strategy), Mrs. Funke Moore (Deputy Director of Publicity) among others.


Tinubu/Shettima and Sanwo/Hamzat Independent Campaign Council (ICC)



Sanwo-Olu/Ajegunle Mock Nations cup is set to hold between January 7th and February 19th 2023, which is to feature 42 teams they are bearing different African country names, it is promised to be as exciting as it used to be.

Mock nations cup has starred a lot of Nigerian players Emmanuel Amunike, Samson Siasia, Henry Nwosu, Stephen Keshi among other ex super eagles players.

A press conference held yesterday for the purpose of the Sanwo-Olu/Ajegunle Mock Cup to reel out the line up of the competitions, cash prices was also given to the winners of the last edition of the competition, team Angola who is the winner of the competition go home with the whooping sum of 500,000 naira while the second position, team Libya got the sum of 300,000 naira, lastly the third position team Benin Republic got the sum of 250,000 naira.

Coach Isaac in his opening remarks
“I am delighted being here today because of a fulfillment and that is, I want to tell you that when this competition was going to a draw four years ago, we have a contesting Governor who is now our present Governor coming to our rescue. We didn’t know if we would stay in the competition that year but he came to our rescue saying,”go ahead I will finance it” and he financed the competition. Though there has been some obstacles after then but he still came up to say,”is this competition dying, no it has to be revived”.

He added “But it has been going on, we have had series, including the league of vision after that year, one in 2020, 2021 except 2022 but one will be held this year with the support of our sitting Governor. I want to tell you that those clubs winners, first, second and third runners up, the promise made by our gentle man will be met today.”

Hon. Toyin Gafaar Director General Lagos State Sport Commission, in his remarks, Ajegunle mock tournament the 36th edition. I remember growing up, knowing to come down to Ajegunle to watch the football, that was when I first came across Taiwo okunluwanka knowing the history of the mock nation’s cup because it is ever exciting there is never a full moment starting from the day one to the last day.

Presentation of cheques

“I am still the Director of sports at the ICG and I was in 2019, that was my first assignment when we came in there and I made that recommendation. The Governor, the chief of staff and people who had a name in Lagos was also present and they also saw it and since that time they have been wondering and thank God today is the day of fulfillment, promise made is promise kept. You get your prices as at when due, we will not leave sport alone, sport will continue to flourish in Lagos. Like the saying, if you want to do more, you must definitely do more because the little that is given to us now, we expect that we will show appreciation in supporting him, in realizing the youths.”

“We should encourage him not only in prayer but to also take active steps in sports and politics because they are interwoven. By so doing, I hope we have a very exciting competition starting from Saturday 7th of January through February 19, I wish you all the best.”

Hon. Anthony Adeboye SSA on Sport to Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu in his remarks “Ajegunle started from some where 90% of all the players have played in international league in Nigeria are from Ajegunle, based and trained in Ajegunle. I am used to Ajegunle, I am not from Ajegunle but my youthful days are mostly spent in Ajegunle with my friends.”

He added “This mock nation’s cup in Ajegunle can not be compared to any football competition in Nigeria not even in Lagos State you have a hard-working governor a man that keeps promises, a man of the people, a man that wakes the youths from their slumber and he has made it known that sports is not something you can play with in this country. I want to plead to you that election is coming up, let us get our voters card and come out in masses and support an hardworking Governor also support our Leader to become the next President of Nigeria.”

Olorogun John popularly known as Daddy Showkey the Ajegunle star musician in his own remarks “When it started, it was just a little thing that started in our area that is beyond us We know the way it is now, right now all the countries will be represented in the preliminary, at the opening ceremony entertainment will surely be there and most of the time we discover new football artist, I also commend Hon. Ladi Balogun myself and him play a great role when this competition is dying also our special appreciation to Mr. Governor for coming to our rescue.

Hon. Abdoulbaq Ladi Balogun MD LAGFERRY also member of the committee I am passionate about my community and the youth development. I got the inspiration from Governor. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu who is also committed to see the fulfillment of the growth of the young ones . He want to hand over to a generation that are already encouraged, motivated and well to do in the society and for us in Ajegunle, we don’t do crime, drugs or engage in fight.

Balogun said “What we are known for in Ajegunle is sports and entertainments. In these two areas, the governor has already dedicated the fifth pillar of his development agenda to entertainment , tourism and sports this is why you would see us Ajegunle playing a vital role in the overall calculation of the development in this dispensation as championed by Mr Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.”

He said “I find myself asymmetrically in this equation because this is the vision the government of the day have for the youths, entertainment sector, and the sports sector to drive the economy of Lagos and that is why i have dedicated so much to my place of birth which is Ajegunle. We want to see things going well for us and that is why a competition that has been handed down to us by our fore bearers six years ago and we are in charge today,We want to see it grow to the extent that we hand it over to the next generation to continue the tradition of excellence in sports and in entertainments. That is why Sanwo-Olu/ Ajegunle mock nation’s cup is so excited that we are looking forward to a very good time having all the talented sports star around.

“This particular edition we are going to feature 42 teams and they are bearing different African name and the defending champion will be there. The most interesting fact about this is every community in Ajegunle and the other side of Lagos have one particular team or the other that they are supporting.

He added “When I was growing up, i grew up at Alaya bi agba area of Ajegunle in Lagos State and this area has their traditional team their cote d voire with the likes of Erinwosu Taiwo iyede, Monday dieka, they have also played in these communities before stardom, for us it is a community development and for us to see talents grow and to nurture talents into stardom. We know that the stars, that are going to be added to this competition are going to grow into stardom playing for the national team and also taking their football careers abroad, make themselves and their family comfortable.”



National Association of Ikorodu Division Students Congratulate Hon. Toyin Gafaar Bolowotan as he was reappointed as the Director General of the Lagos State Sports Commission it is a welcomed development by the national organization of all indigenous students of the Ikorodu division across the five LCDAs (Ikorodu North, Ikorodu West, Igbogbo, Imota, and Ijede) and Ikorodu Local Government.

The president of the association, Comrade Kuti Damilare Opeyemi, wrote a letter of congratulations on behalf of the students in which he praised the erudite politician and great philanthropist for continuing to devote his time and resources to the service of humanity.

He congratulated Ikorodu Division, Lagos, and the entire Sport Constituency in Lagos State and added that he was confident Hon. Toyin Gafaar Bolowotan would go above and beyond with this re-appointment.