Acceptance Speech by Akinwunmi Ambode after emerging victorious at the primary election

Acceptance Speech by Akinwunmi Ambode after emerging victorious at the primary election

A RENEWED HOPE…WE ARE ALL WINNERS

My fellow Lagosians, it is with a deep sense of gratitude and humility that I accept this ticket to run as the flag bearer of our great party, APC in the 2015 gubernatorial elections. This victory was made possible by you the people through the delegates. And to my fellow contestants, I have nothing but commendation and respect for putting up a good contest.I congratulate all aspirants for the keen contest. I extend my hand of fellowship and ask you to join me, in not only winning the general election in February 2015 but to continue to build the tradition of excellence in governance that our party has come to be associated with in Lagos State. The success of this primary and the victory that has come out of it is not just for me but for all of us that stepped into the water. It is a victory for Lagosians and for democracy.I thank all the delegates, over 5,000 of you who voted according to your consciences. For once, you did not waver in your faith in the process put in place by our great party, APC. To the State party Executive and the National officers, I extend my appreciation for the long hours and the experience invested in this exercise. The orderliness, the transparency of the process and the spirit of sportsmanship devoid of bitterness that characterized this process signpost a better future for our democracy.Our party has demonstrated to all that we are a party of great minds and democratic ideals. The flag of the party that you have handed over to me I accept with a deep sense of history, knowing fully well that Lagos deserves nothing but the best in terms of good governance and dynamic development. We have a legacy to build upon. We have a challenge to meet and speedily too. The responsibility belongs to all of us. Let us put aside the disappointment of yesterday and embrace the opportunity of today. Not forgetting that the future begins today. We must never forget that the future of Lagos is bigger than the summation of our ambitions.After this victory, we must move quickly to retain the party APC in the column of the progressives. The task ahead is daunting, but surmountable. We have only just commenced the first phase of the execution of our political agenda. The next phase beckons. We must all work together to usher APC back into power in Lagos state.

On my part, I promise never to waiver nor fail. I promise to energize and mobilize our teeming supporters in the next phase of this struggle. I put myself to the task, knowing fully well that the foundation laid must never be destroyed but built upon. I commit to the continuation of excellence and the uplifment of the lives of all Lagosians.

I thank you and God bless Lagos State.

Akinwunmi Ambode clinches Lagos APC gubernatorial ticket

Akinwunmi Ambode clinches Lagos APC gubernatorial ticket

After weeks of vigorous campaigns and spurious permutations by the aspirants, Akinwunmi Ambode today emerged winner of the Lagos state APC gubernatorial primaries held at the Onikan stadium, Lagos. It was a landslide victory secured in a hitch-free contest.

Barring renewed stories of agitation by 11 out of the 13 gubernatorial aspirants over a preferable voting module, the primary election eventually went on to be conducted peacefully as earlier scheduled.

Akinwunmi Ambode polled a massive 3,735 votes out of the valid 5,724 delegates’ votes cast. In a distant second was Dr. Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat with 1,201 votes. Senator Ganiyu Solomon accrued 272 votes to be in third position, Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji in fourth with 182, Supo Shasore polled 121 votes to achieve fifth, Dr. Leke Pitan got 112 votes for sixth position while 69 votes made Dr. Tola Kasali seventh.
Sparse figures of 17, 9 and 7 were votes gotten by Tayo Ayinde, Adekunle Disu and Tokunbo Wahab respectively.
Aspirants Lanre Ope, Abayomi Sutton and Tokunbo Agbesanwa successfully polled 0 vote in all.

The voting process kicked off with delegates from the Epe Division at about 2:15pm. Other 19 LGAs took turns to enfranchise deep into the evening till voting was concluded by Lagos Island LGA around 9:30pm.

Sorting of the votes commenced around 10pm, and signs of Akinwunmi Ambode’s victory became clear as he raced to a steep early lead, moving on to amass the most votes in each of the ballot boxes sorted.

After a strenuous collation and counting session, the head of the electoral committee, Reverend Peter Obada, reviewed the results of the election and announced Akinwunmi Ambode as the winner having gotten the highest number of the total votes. Rev Obada saluted the aspirants and delegates for their maturity and lawfulness which made it possible to achieve a seamless election process.

Ambode dedicated the victory first to the Almighty God without who the victory couldn’t have been achieved. He thanked the party leadership and the party faithful for the unflinching support they had given to his selfless aspiration. More for showing dedication and patience to ensure success of the primaries.

He eulogized the party as one of great minds and the type that epitomizes enviable internal democracy.

He used the opportunity to remind the party faithful and all Lagosians that the job is just half-done, with the general elections still coming soon. In the spirit of excellence that Lagos state is known for, a clearly excited Ambode urged them to remain resolute with him to achieve greater levels of good governance for the state, through their votes come February 2015.

Excellence just got birthed in Lagos

Akinwunmi Ambode gets the green light to contest primary election

Akinwunmi Ambode gets the green light to contest primary election

Akinwunmi Ambode, the leading governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, has been cleared to contest the parties governorship primaries scheduled for Thursday, December 4, 2014. The party’s screening committee headed by Senator Danjuma Goje gave him the green light today when he was presented with a Screening Certificate after the screening process.
Akinwunmi Ambode has just concluded a tour where he visited the APC apex leaders and party faithful in most of the local government areas of the state. During his tour he pledged to revitalise the local governments, pursue a robust grassroot policy, create economically livable communities and give them the power to determine what they want done in their areas.
He received massive support from party leaders and members in all the areas visited.
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Chairman, APC South West Screening Committee, Senator Dajuma Goje presenting the Screening Certificate to Akinwunmi Ambode while other members of the committe look on.

With this, Akinwunmi Ambode, is set to pit his wits against other aspirants in the party as one of the candidates who will contest.

“THIS IS YOUR HOME!” – BARIGA AND KOSOFE LGAS TELL AKINWUNMI AMBODE

“THIS IS YOUR HOME!” – BARIGA AND KOSOFE LGAS TELL AKINWUNMI AMBODE

Akinwunmi Ambode received a homely welcome today as his consultation tour visited Somolu/Bariga and Kosofe LGAs. The instant acceptance of the candidacy in both LGAs confirmed their familiarity and identification with Akinwunmi Ambode’s aspirations, quality and personality.

Akinwunmi Ambode, who again extolled the supremacy of party policies and structure, appreciated the support given to his intention to serve the state further. He promised total loyalty to their desires and wishes as far as they are in tune with good governance and the overall good of Lagos State.

Speaking on behalf of the Somolu-Bariga leaders, Alhaji Sakirudeen Denge Anifowose had nothing but prayers for Akinwunmi Ambode to ensure victory for his candidacy both at the primaries and in the general election, while also assuring him of the total support of the LGA at the party primaries.
In addition, a former Chairman of the LGA, Gbolahan Bagostowe urged Mr. Ambode, who he called the “incoming governor”, to place importance on youth empowerment in the LGA, while Mrs. Yinka Osinubi urged him to increase women participation in his cabinet.

Other leaders who were present to show solidarity included Alhaji M.A Osiyemi, Chief Bashorun Asenuga, Elder Omoniyi, Hon.Omorotimi Abiru, Mr. Femi Taiwo, Apostle Peter Oyewusi, Pa Mabinuori Daudu, Hon. Bolaji Ariyoh, Hon. Omoyele Sulaimon, among others.

Akinwunmi Ambode’s first stop at Kosofe LGA were the homes of two apex party leaders, Otunba Bushura Alebiosu and Alhaji S.A Sunmola. The two elders embraced Akinwunmi Ambode’s candidacy, with Otunba Bushura urging him to carry everybody in the party along and prevent infighting. Chief Sunmola hailed Akinwunmi Ambode’s intention as an excellent one that surely has the support of the party’s leadership.

The crowd of supporters gathered from Agboyi-Ketu, Ikosi-Isheri and Kosofe LCDAs to greet Akinwunmi Ambode’s consultation tour at Kosofe LGA was impressive. Amidst the crowd were past and present LG and LCDA chairmen and chairpersons, ward excos, group leaders, royal fathers, the teeming party faithful and a host of well-wishers.

Akinwunmi Ambode addressed them re-stating his selfless desire to serve the state and give governance back to the people. He also promised to work with the party leadership to create a well-structured welfare package for the good of the party faithful and all Lagosians. He described Lagos state as a building with a strong foundation laid by the APC government upon which he would build a world-class state. He said he wanted to be entrusted with the mandate to continue the good work which has already been started on this project called Lagos state.

The Onikosi of Ikosi land, Oba Samuel Alamu wrapped up the tour with royal blessings for Akinwunmi Ambode and his guber intentions, while he strongly urged the people not to sell their votes.

EPE WELCOMES THEIR SON, AS ETI-OSA LGA ALSO ENDORSES AKINWUNMI AMBODE

EPE WELCOMES THEIR SON, AS ETI-OSA LGA ALSO ENDORSES AKINWUNMI AMBODE

Akinwunmi Ambode’s consultation tour of LGAs reached a climax today as he visited the party leadership and faithful in the Epe division of the state. It was a homecoming of sorts for the son of the soil who had come to formally state his gubernatorial aspiration to his kinsmen.

Amidst singing and a lot of cheer, Akinwunmi Ambode was received by a state leader of the Party, Alhaji (Chief) Sakiru Akanni Seriki, and a host of other leaders which included Alhaji Lanre Rasaq, Alhaji B.A Akintola, Chief Olusegun Arowojobe, Chief G.A Olayemi, Hon. Wasiu Ayo Odeyemi, Otunba Alogba, Hon. Tunde Salau, Hon. Muslim Folami, Alhaja Ramota Bankole, Hon. Ibrahim Korede, Barr. Seriki, Alhaja Iyabo Adegboyega, among others.

In the opening remarks, Hon. Lanre Razaq firstly thanked the state’s party leadership for putting their weight behind a distinguished son of Epe. He solicited totality of effort and absolute commitment from the Epe leadership to the project tagged “Akinwunmi Ambode”. Alhaji Seriki echoed the same thoughts by urging avoidance of distractions and saboteurs in their pursuit of victory for Akinwunmi Ambode’s candidacy. He further discarded rumours about indigeneship as mere bouts of envy by detractors, all of which should not be given attention.

More importantly, Alhaji Seriki noted that having done it before, Akinwunmi Ambode is the only candidate with the financial nous and ingenuity needed to ensure that Lagos successfully survives the present Nigeria and worldwide economic downturn; more reason why all the party delegates and in fact, all well-meaning Lagosians should vote for him.

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Akinwunmi Ambode responded by stating total appreciation of the long-standing support the Epe leadership has given to him. He described himself as a torch-bearer for the Epe division, who is resolved to make them proud by being committed to the singular purpose of the continuity of good governance in Lagos state. He called for togetherness in the division as he sought 101% of the delegates’ votes at the imminent primaries to ensure wholesome victory for his candidature and the division itself.
He did state that his submission to the wonderful policies of the party remains unwavering.

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Akinwunmi Ambode flanked by Alhaji (Chief) Sakiru Akanni Seriki and a host of other Epe Party Leaders

All the leaders and the present party faithful gave numerous testimonies that appraised Akinwunmi Ambode’s excellent qualities of leadership, compassion and selflessness. Meanwhile, urban development, youth empowerment, and women participation were the aspects they urged Akinwunmi Ambodeto focus on upon his assumption of office.

At the. Eti-Osa LG, Alhaji (Prince) Murphy Adetoro led other party leaders including Hon. Yomi Olubajo, Alhaji Alli, Hon. Anofiu Elegushi, Hon. Rilwan Akinjagunla, Hon. Arobadade, Hon. Alimi, Mrs. Omolola Vaughn, Hon. Yomi Daramola, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun, Hon. Moshood Masha, among others to receive Akinwunmi Ambode.

They stated belief in Akinwunmi Ambode’s candidacy based on their acknowledgment of his experience and excellent testimonies of competence. Hence, a promise of their total support at the primaries for Akinwunmi Ambode, to ensure victory for Lagos.

Full of appreciation, Akinwunmi Ambode assured them of never failing the trust vested on his abilities to take the state to greater heights. He promised to run an open door policy where the views and opinions of the people will be duly welcomed.

Alhaji Apampa capped off the visit with prayers for support, divine guidance and protection for their incoming governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.