Goodwill Message Delivered At The Deeper Christian Life Ministry Independence Service

Goodwill Message Delivered At The Deeper Christian Life Ministry Independence Service

It is my pleasure to be in your midst on a special Sunday service like this dedicated to appreciate our creator, God Almighty;who has made it possible for us to celebrate another independence anniversary of our dear nation.

The Bible says in everything we should give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning us (1Thessalonians 5:18). Today’s independence anniversary service is in fulfillment of this command: expressing our appreciation and gratitude to God for His faithfulness, goodness and mercies over the entire citizens of this nation.

Looking back, the Almighty God has been good to us as a nation. Nothing can be more appropriate to reciprocate His compassion and favours other than thanksgiving and songs of praise to glorify His Holy name for His goodness and mercies over the last 58 years of being a sovereign nation under God.

As we celebrate our 58 years independence anniversary,I urge us to remain steadfast and continue to uphold those values that have been passed down from our heroes who sacrificed so much to liberate us from the yokes of colonial rule.

Let me use this opportunity to enjoin all men and women of God present here not to be tired in praying for God’s intervention and restoration of hope in our nation and her future.

Today’s occasion is also coming at a critical time in the history of our nation when all hands must be on deck to sustain and deepen the process that will result in sustainable growth and good governance for our people.   We must all get involved and work together to ensure that the potentials of this nation are fully realized for the benefit of everyone and future generations.

The Church and indeed all our religious leaders have important role to play especially at this point in time to preach the message of hope, peace, unity, integrity and religious tolerance. We must eschew all tendencies that may aggravate whatever challenges being experienced at the moment.

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Let me seize the opportunity of this anniversary to appreciate the General Superintendent, Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor W. F. Kumuyi, for his dedication and commitment shown towards the propagation of Christianity and the service of God over the years.

For decades, you have impacted the lives of many globally through your inspirational teaching of the Word of God. You have contributed to the growth of the faith and set the pace in the transformational approach to religious activities in Nigeria. We are happy to have gained from your wisdom, Sir.

I also thank the Church for her prayers which have been a major factor in the peace and tranquility being enjoyed in our state and nation as a whole.

I congratulate the Deeper Life Bible Church on this magnificent edifice you have put up here. I was unable to join you for the formal opening but I am very happy to worship in this sanctuary today as we celebrate another anniversary of our Independence.

As I congratulate you on this new Church building, I also thank you for the good works you have done in the Gbgada Community. Your holistic approach to religious activities has been demonstrated in your corporate social responsibility actions especially the construction of the Oduwole Bridge and a multi-level car park to ease traffic in this community.

You have demonstrated that the Church can play a lot of roles in nation building. Beyond the spiritual role of praying for the Government, the Church can also partner with the Government to make our communities a better place.

To further support the work you have done, our government in consultation with the CDAs, has embarked on the construction of a network of six roads;AderemiAkeju street, Okun Street, Femi Kuti Street, Brown Road, Adegbenro / GaniyatDawodu Street and YetundeBrown Street. The contract, which was awarded in September, 2017,is 60% completed and is expected to be concluded by the end of the first quarter of 2019. In addition, the adjoining road networks such as Diya Street and AjayiAina streets are scheduled for rehabilitation to further enhance road connectivity within this axis.

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My brothers and sisters in the Lord, at this auspicious period in the history of our nation, the Church and indeed everyone who believes in the efficacy of prayer has a responsibility and patriotic duty to pray for the well-being and progress of our nation.I believe strongly that the best of our nation and our State is yet to come. Let us continue to pray,hope and work for a better future.

For us as government, we will continue to promote fairness, justice and everything that will make life more comfortable for our people.

Thank you and God bless you all.

ItesiwajuIpinleEko, lo je walogun!!!

 

Mr. AkinwunmiAmbode

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa.

 

 

7th October, 2018.

 

Address Delivered on The APC Lagos State Governorship Primaries

Address Delivered on The APC Lagos State Governorship Primaries

Fellow Lagosians, the last few days have witnessed intense political activities that have gripped the attention of the nation and created palpable tension in the polity. I strongly believe that the time has now come for the State to move forward in order that the gains of the last three and half years are not lost.

DearLagosians, APC is a great party and the interests of our beloved State must always supercede that of any person or group. It is in this regard that I wholeheartedly congratulate the winner of the Lagos State APC Primaries, Mr. BabajideSanwo-Olu and urge allLagosiansto immediately support our party’s gubernatorial candidate in the 2019 elections and work for the success of our dear party.

As Governor, I will do everything possible to ensure a smooth transition in the remaining period of this administration and ultimately to the new Governor, come May 2019.

I thereforeappeal to all our party members that we remain one family andunite behind the candidate of the party, so that we can continue to move this state forward.

The progress of Lagos state is non-negotiable. It is a project that I have passionately worked for in the last three and half years as your Governor and one to which I will forever be devoted.

I wish to use this opportunity to thank our national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and the leadership of our great party at state and national levels, all party faithfuls and all Lagosians.

I thank all Lagosians for their faith and trust in me. I urge you not to relent in your support for our party as we prepare for the General Elections.

Long Live Nigeria

Long Live Lagos State

Long Live APC

ItesiwajuIpinleEko, lo jewaLogun

Primaries: Governor Ambode Tasks NWC Panel To Ensure Level Playing Ground For All Aspirants

Primaries: Governor Ambode Tasks NWC Panel To Ensure Level Playing Ground For All Aspirants

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday tasked the panel appointed by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to conduct the Governorship Primaries in the State to do all within its powers to ensure a level playing field for all aspirants in the contest.

The Governor, who spoke when he received members of the panel led by its Chairman, Mr. Clement Ebri, said it was important that the election when conducted is seen to be free, fair and credible to all aspirants concerned, adding that it is only in such situation that democracy, which the party upholds is entrenched.

Members of the Panel include Alhaji Ahmed Mahmud Gumel as Secretary; Mr. Nze Chidi Duru; Chief Clever Egbeji; Senator Clever Ikisikpo and Ambassador Jerry Ugokwe.

Expressing confidence in the selection of members of the panel, Governor Ambode said he had no doubt that the panel would live up to expectation and deliver a credible process, which according to him, will go a long way to determine the future of Nigeria and the greatness of Lagos in particular.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, flanked the Chairman, APC National Working Committee (NWC) Panel for the Primary Election in Lagos, Mr. Clement Ebri (left) and APC Lagos Chairman, Alhaji Tunde Balogun (right) during a visit to the Governor by the NWC Panel ahead of the Party’s primary election, at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, October 1, 2018.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, flanked the Chairman, APC National Working Committee (NWC) Panel for the Primary Election in Lagos, Mr. Clement Ebri (left) and APC Lagos Chairman, Alhaji Tunde Balogun (right) during a visit to the Governor by the NWC Panel ahead of the Party’s primary election, at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, October 1, 2018.

“This is a very star studded election team, they are distinguished Nigerians in their individual and collective rights. There can’t be any better collection of a team to any State election monitoring in this country than the distinguished personalities brought to Lagos and it only shows us the important that the National chairman of our great party attaches to what is happening in Lagos.

“I must tell you that what you have taken up, may look like a political assignment, but history is on your side that at this very moment in the annals of this history of this country, today marking our 58th Independence anniversary celebration, you are being called upon to discharge a selfless service that would determine the future of this country and the greatness of this particular state.

“I receive this election team as being acceptable and credible to me enough to discharge their civic responsibility to the best of their abilities and to also to say that whatever it is that is the outcome of the primaries, your presence has also shown that this will be credible and this will be acceptable by me,” he said.

The Governor recalled that he had gone through the same process with 12 other aspirants to emerge as governorship candidate of the APC in 2014, saying that it was not out of place to have other aspirants contest for the same ticket this time, however, the eventual process of choosing who flies the party’s flag must be seen to be fair to all concerned.

“So it’s very clear to me, all I seek is credible primaries, transparent primaries and level playing ground that we will all be proud of at the end of the day for the outcome.

“There were issues that we have raised that we are also trying to correct. The bottom line is this, we are family, we must not go into the elections divided because this is the very first time that our party is controlling the centre and also the State, that is what I want us to continue.

“The issues that I raise have been put in form of a letter which I would pass to their chairman and I believe the committee will look into it judiciously and also I welcome the stakeholders meeting which will allow you feel the pulse of what is going on in the State,” Governor Ambode said.

He also urged the Panel to use its prerogative to decide the best possible time for the primaries election and make a public announcement on the time, date and venues of the exercise to enable members of the party partake in the process.

Earlier, Ebri said the panel deemed it fit to pay a courtesy visit to the Governor as the number one citizen in the State and to also intimate him on the process for the conduct of the primaries.

“As the number one citizen of Lagos, we felt obliged to come and see you particularly when you are contesting for the position of Governor for which we all believe you have done so well. We are the panel that has been constituted to conduct primaries. We are seven members and there are indications that there would be one or two additions due to the work load here.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, flanked the Chairman, APC National Working Committee (NWC) Panel for the Primary Election in Lagos, Mr. Clement Ebri (left) and APC Lagos Chairman, Alhaji Tunde Balogun (right) during a visit to the Governor by the NWC Panel ahead of the Party’s primary election, at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, October 1, 2018.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, flanked the Chairman, APC National Working Committee (NWC) Panel for the Primary Election in Lagos, Mr. Clement Ebri (left) and APC Lagos Chairman, Alhaji Tunde Balogun (right) during a visit to the Governor by the NWC Panel ahead of the Party’s primary election, at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, October 1, 2018.

“We have come to intimate you that this exercise is going to take place in the next few hours. I also like to apologise for the delay, it had to be postponed as a result of logistics in Lagos, Imo and some other States because of the pressure and work load from the secretariat and other developments that have taken place,” the Chairman said.

Ebri, a former governor of Cross River State, assured the Governor that he and his team were ready for the task ahead and would do everything possible to ensure that the process is seen to be free, fair and credible.

“Lagos is more like a decider and like they say, when Lagos sneezes the rest of the country catches cold. So that is why we are very careful about what we are doing and the National Chairman asked me to send his best wishes to you and ask us to come and do the right thing to the satisfaction of all members, more so that the president of this country stands for transparency and detests corruption and a situation where no one feels manipulated.

“The process we are laying out is such that we ensure and guarantee transparency and credibility, we have people of integrity in this panel, these are not rookies in politics, they are people who have been tested. You can see senators, former governors, former deputy governor, former member of the House of Representatives, so this is a star studded team and I can assure you that we have all the experience that you want and you can think about to conduct this exercise. We assure you of our sincerity and transparency and we seek your cooperation in providing a level playing field.

“I want to assure you that we have come here to do our work and to ensure that this party is given the greater control in the affairs of this country by getting the right persons to assume the mantle of office. We know that you have done so well and there is no doubt about it.

“But you have a contestant and we have assured everyone that since this party stands for democracy and we want to ensure that there is a level playing field and everyone would be given an opportunity to test out his strength,”  he said.

He said the Stakeholders meeting fixed for Monday evening at the party secretariat in Acme was to enable aspirants and other concerned stakeholders voice their opinion concerning the primaries in accordance with the democratic principles of the party.

He said the meeting would afford the Panel look at the possibility of conducting the primaries at the most convenient time and where there are still grey areas, “then we would contact the national headquarters and get the necessary approval to make the adjustments”.

Ebri also sought the Governor’s assistance in ensuring the safety and security of members of the panel, a request which the Governor granted, assuring the team that adequate security would be provided to ensure a hitch free exercise.

 

Press Statement On The Security Situation In Lagos State

Press Statement On The Security Situation In Lagos State

Fellow Lagosians, as you are aware, tomorrow, 1st of October marks the 58th anniversary of our country’s independence and I wish to congratulate all Lagosians and every Nigerian for being part of this historic moment.

Nigerians in general and Lagosians in particular stand out because of our resilience, hardwork, unity in diversity, quest for justice and equity commitment to tenets of democracy and peaceful co-existence.

However, dear Lagosians, it has become necessary for me to address you in view of the events of the last two weeks, particularly media reports in respect of the imminent APC Governorship Primary election in Lagos State.

The last Three and Half years have witnessed tremendous improvement in our security apparatusand a significant drop in the incidents of crime in our State. However, the current political situation has caused palpable tension and unnecessary fears among law abiding Lagosians. Security reports available to the State Government indicate that there is an ongoing recruitment and arming of political thugs to disrupt the tranquil atmosphere of Lagos State, in the guise of holding Primary Elections.

Asa responsible Government that has invested so much in enhancing security of lives and property in the State to enable Lagosians pursue their lawful endeavours, we will not allow any disruptive elements to cause panic or wreak havoc that will affect the progressive strides which Lagosians are known for. This is more so that we have the assurances of our party Leaders to conduct free and fair primary elections for aspirants into the various political offices.

It has become imperative to put every stakeholder on notice, especially the Federal Government and Security Agencies, to take more than a passing interest in the development in this State that has hitherto been adjudged as the safest city in Africa.

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Consequently, the State Government will do all within its powers in collaboration with relevant security agencies to protect our citizens and insulate them from any condition that may breed insecurity or the breakdown of law and order in the State throughout the Primaries campaign and election periods.

While assuring all Lagosians to be calm and go about their normal businesses, criminal elements arehereby advised in their own interest, not to foment any trouble in the name of politics or under any guise, as the full wrath of the law will be brought to bear on any law breaker.

Without being immodest, after three and half years of remarkable performance in bringing growth and development to our dear State, I have humbly expressed my intention to seek re-election in order to consolidate on the giant strides that we have recorded for our dear State and our great party, APC. Thisis why I once again seek the support of every party member in tomorrow’s primary election. We shall overcome.

God bless Lagos State.

God bless Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, Lo je wa Logun