Election: Lagos State Government Assures Voters Of Safety

Election: Lagos State Government Assures Voters Of Safety

…Canvasses Support For Sanwo-Olu, APC Assembly Candidates

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday urged eligible voters in the State to come out enmasse on Saturday to vote in the Governorship and House of Assembly elections, assuring that adequate measures have been firmed up to ensure a hitch-free exercise.

Addressing Government House Correspondents after a Special State Executive Council Meeting at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, on the forthcoming polls, the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode said every necessary arrangement to ensure a smooth voting exercise had been made, adding that the peace and security of the State was paramount to his administration.

“I want to assure that we would try as much as possible to ensure that the coming elections – gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections go very well. We want to also assure all Lagosians of their safety and also to let everyone know that Lagos is a cosmopolitan State and it will remain so.

“The peace and security of this State is very paramount to this government and we would ensure that everybody that is eligible to vote goes out to do so and keep the peace.

“We encourage all voters to come out on Saturday; I want to encourage all Lagosians to exercise their rights so that we can have a large turnout. The security agencies have assured us that there would be peace across the nooks and crannies of Lagos,” he said

The Governor, who is the Chairman of the State Executive Council, recalled the unfortunate incidences in some parts of the State during the Presidential and National Assembly elections, saying while such had been properly addressed, he would nonetheless want everybody to see each other as brothers.

He also urged the people to support the governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and all the House of Assembly candidates of the party to ensure continuity of good governance in the State.

According to him, “We are also very aware of the incidences that happened during the presidential election of which we have taken proper care of. We know that we are all brothers; we are all the same in this State but I urge everyone to support our government and also support our candidate because we believe in continuity in this government and that is why you see that the executive arm of government is in support of Jide Sanwo-Olu who is our flagbearer for the APC.

“We urge all Lagosians to vote for continuity and ensure that all our candidates for the House of Assembly elections also are voted for. I wish all of us a very successful voting process on Saturday and then we implore all our security agencies also to make sure that there is peace across the land.”

Besides, Governor Ambode who addressed the briefing alongside members of the State Executive Council, also clarified the news on social media to the effect that a public holiday had been declared for Civil Servants on Friday to prepare for the elections.

“We like to inform all Lagosians that contrary to what has been put in the media that there would be a public holiday on Friday, what we have actually done was to declare mid-term holiday for students across all our schools in Lagos State,” the Governor said.

Governor Ambode Congratulates President  Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo On Re-election

Governor Ambode Congratulates President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo On Re-election

…Says Victory Well Deserved

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo for their resounding success at the 2019 presidential election, saying that it was a victory well deserved.

 

Governor Ambode, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, said the victory was not just a confirmation of the people’s love for President Buhari, but an attestation that Nigerians were happy with the progress the Federal Government has made in the last four years.

 

President Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was in the early hours of Wednesday declared winner by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu polling a total of 15,191,847 to defeat his closest challenger, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who got a total of 11, 262,978.

 

The Governor said: “Let me join millions of our loyal party faithful in the State and across the country to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo for their resounding victory at last Saturday’s polls. This is indeed a historic moment because Nigerians have used their votes to show Mr. President that they are happy with the progress the country has made on several sectors of the polity.

 

“This is a victory for democracy; it is a victory for good governance and a clear statement from Nigerians that they are ready to move to the next level with President Muhammadu Buhari.”

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), congratulating President Muhammadu Buhari (left) on his re-election while the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole (2nd right); Governor Abdullai Ganduje of Kano State (middle) and Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Mukura of Nasarawa State (2nd left) watch with admiration at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday, February 27, 2019.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), congratulating President Muhammadu Buhari (left) on his re-election while the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole (2nd right); Governor Abdullai Ganduje of Kano State (middle) and Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Mukura of Nasarawa State (2nd left) watch with admiration at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday, February 27, 2019.

He expressed confidence that the President Buhari-led administration would consolidate on the achievements of the last four years and justify the renewal of his mandate by millions of Nigerians at the polls.

 

“This is a threshold of our political history. I urge Nigerians to rally round the Federal Government and support the drive to take the nation to the next level,” Governor Ambode said.

 

He also commended Lagosians for coming out in thousands and for being peaceful and orderly throughout the period of the elections.

 

Besides, the Governor congratulated candidates of the party in the National Assembly elections who emerged victorious, saying that with APC in the majority in both chambers, President Buhari would get the needed support from the legislative arm of government to transform Nigeria for good. 

 

Governor Ambode Receives ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy In Lagos

Governor Ambode Receives ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy In Lagos

…Wants Sport Intensified In Secondary Schools

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday received the 2019 World Cup Trophy of the International Cricket Council (ICC), with a pledge to come up with action plan to institutionalize Cricket in Secondary Schools across the State.

Speaking at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja when he officially received the ICC Trophy for the World Cup scheduled to be hosted in June by England and Wales, Governor Ambode, who played the game while in Secondary School, said it was important to initiate programmes to escalate the sport in the country, adding that the best way to start was to make it interesting to young ones.

He said aside the game itself, Cricket fields were well cherished all over the world, and that it was necessary for something to be done to develop the sport in the country, especially in Lagos State renowned to be the Cricket capital of Nigeria, adding that the core fundamentals of the game were necessary to inculcate leadership, team spirit and discipline in the youths.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right); being presented with a Cricket jersey by the President, Nigerian Cricket Federation, Prof. Yahaya Ukwenya (left) during the ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour to the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right); being presented with a Cricket jersey by the President, Nigerian Cricket Federation, Prof. Yahaya Ukwenya (left) during the ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour to the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

“I’m delighted that Lagos State is actually part of the success story of Cricket. Yes, we have supported the Nigerian Cricket Federation (NCF) but again we can still do more and what is more important is to see that while this competition is going on, we believe strongly that whatever it is that we can still do to institutionalize Cricket in our Secondary schools and in other places, the Sports Commission should just go ahead and see how that can be done.

“I want to also commend the Federation because I understand that there is a Cricket Clinic coming up tomorrow for school children also, and that is the beginning of how this thing can be activated and we believe that should also be institutionalized so that we can have more people playing the game,” Governor Ambode said.

The Governor, who also expressed great delight to receive the trophy, said although the game was not seriously understood by Nigerians, but that the camaraderie, sportsmanship and other key attributes of the game were important to play up.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), with President of Nigerian Cricket Federation, Prof. Yahaya Ukwenya during the ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour to the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), with President of Nigerian Cricket Federation, Prof. Yahaya Ukwenya during the ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour to the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

“I feel seriously honoured to be receiving this cup. I’m deeply honoured also that this is happening while I’m still the Governor of this State. It is like bringing the cup back home because it is something I have always cherished right from Secondary School.

“This is a big moment for me because I used to be the wicked keeper in Secondary school. I’ve always cherished the kind of sportsmanship and the kind of camaraderie that goes with Cricket. It is a game not deeply understood by Nigerians but it is a game that actually teaches you leadership, team spirit, discipline and all sorts because you need to stay somewhere and keep changing for almost like 8 hours, 10 hours unlike other sports that you just use one and half hour and everybody will go home.

“So, it inculcates into you something that I think I stand for and something I would also like to leave as part of the legacy here that you can be anything you want to be and that is what Cricket also teaches you,” he said.

Recalling his experience with President Muhammadu Buhari last Saturday when they both landed at the Cricket Pitch in the Pavilion and the President was asking whether Cricket was still being played there, Governor Ambode said the development was a pointer to the fact that something must be done to develop the sport in the country and take it to the future.

Earlier, leader of the delegation and President of the Nigerian Cricket Federation, Professor Yahaya Ukwenya said Nigeria was chosen as part of the three countries in Africa to receive the trophy, while Lagos State is the only State in the country to officially host it.

He said in the last 18 months, a lot of achievements had been recorded in the game in the country, adding that Lagos State, as the Nigerian Cricket capital, had been very supportive in attaining the feats.