One of the Akinwunmi Ambode Support Groups, the Akin Ambode Ambassadors donated a bus to support the campaign of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Gubernatorial Candidate in Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode. Ambode in his speech thank the group for believing in him and supporting him with their kind gesture.
The Sisters Forum and a coalition of women from the different ethnic groups in Lagos, gathered today to declare in unison that the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Akinwunmi Ambode, is the one to become the next Executive Governor of the state. They said this through their Executive Director, Mrs. Chinyere Anokwuru, at a Grand rally for the endorsement of the candidacy of Ambode and his running mate, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule.
In her welcome speech, Mrs. Anokwuru said their decision to endorse Mr. Ambode was based on their assessment of his competence and experience.
“The emergence of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode as the APC gubernatorial candidate in Lagos state ended our worries about who could match Governor Fashola’s achievements. A look into his manifesto revealed that he had sufficient relief-oriented programmes for women. The welfare and economic empowerment of women is uppermost in his heart amongst many others.”
She added, “Mr. Ambode’s credentials are excellent. His pedigree is spotless. He is the new face of leadership, transparency and competence. His intellectual and professional depth has put him on a pedestal that is higher than those of the other candidates”.
While regrading to Ambode as “our incoming Governor”, she stated that the antecedents of the Lagos governorship hopeful show that he is endowed with uncommon foresight and matchless expertise.
“All of these makes us come into a conclusion that the only way we could continue to enjoy the best of the city of aquatic splendour was by voting for the continuity of excellence, which is what Mr. Ambode represents. He is the only person qualified, experienced, tested and trusted, and matured enough to be the number one citizen of Lagos state.
Mrs. Anokwuru then stressed that the entire women of the Sisters Forum and the women of the various ethnic groups in Lagos state have adopted as well as endorse the candidacy of Ambode as the next executive Governor of the state.
She added that their support and endorsement definitely transcends also towards his running mate Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule.
Ambode expressed heartfelt appreciation for the outpouring of support he received from the large number of women, and in his typical way, rocked the women to “sweet mother” and “Chineke idinma” songs.
In his speech to accept their endorsement, Ambode spoke fondly of his great mother, whose care and strength have made him learn how to respect and identify with the role of women as being extremely critical to nation building. He promised to uphold that role by promoting policies that protect their rights and pride.
“I Pam overwhelmed with joy as I have never seen such a large gathering of women on a Sunday afternoon, showing support for a cause they believe in. I thank you. Irecognize you our women as a pivotal force for progress and valuable instruments of change in any society poised for success. Our government shall treasure your role in the society we look to build”.
Ambode stated that he doesn’t subscribe to the notion of assigning a particular percentage to the participation of women either in governance or in politics. “I believe that there are women who are as qualified as men, so, I am committed to giving equal opportunity to all, where competence and not discrimination, is the watch word. The focus of our government will be the achievement of a Lagos that works for all”, he stated
He added, “your rights shall be respected and I will stand for you all”.
Prayers were offered to ensure his victory at the polls and safety throughout the campaign period.
The Sisters Forum is a dynamic non-governmental organization (N.G.O) that is driving positive socio-economic change across the nation through advocacy, outreach and empowerment. They seek to address the challenges that confront women and girls.
The Arewa Community in Lagos state, gathered in one voice today at the Onikan Stadium to endorse Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The presence of the different associations of these northern Nigerians indicated the their endorsement and practical support. The Arewa Community, a coalition of the non-indigenes in Lagos state, particularly those from the northern part of the country, comprising the Hausa community, the Fulani Community, and the Amalgamated Foodstuff, Ram and Cattle Dealers Association were all largely represented.
Speaking on behalf of the executives of these associations, Alhaji Haruna Mohammed, Chairman of the Amalgamated Foodstuff, Ram and Cattle Dealers Association, stated that they are all in support of continuity in Lagos and as such will vote for Ambode in the coming election.
Ambode appreciated the unprecedented show of support the non-indigenes have shown by organizing an endorsement rally for him and the APC in general. He promised to reciprocate the support by making sure Lagos remains livable for them.
He spoke further about his plans on consolidating the good job the APC has done in Lagos, while promoting policies that maintain the interracial harmony and peaceful coexistence that is existent within Lagos communities and businesses.
He urged them to remain resolute in their decision to vote for Continuity and Change at the centre, despite the postponement, casting their votes for the one he said will “save our country and make Lagos experience more fruits of good governance”, General Buhari (Rtd).
The massive success of the “I believe” concert has further attested to the popularity and acceptance of the candidacy of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode among the electorates in Lagos state.
The overwhelming turnout of well meaning Lagosians, mostly youths, to witness the event in support of Ambode, added great boost to the prospects of the much-loved Lagos governorship hopeful.
The concert featured electrifying performances from Nigeria’s finest artistes which interestingly matched the overwhelming support shown by the massive crowd.
Speaking at the event, Ambode described entertainment as a platform that will be much more explored for the maximum engagement of youths, when elected as the governor of the state, describing the potential in the sector as endless.
Considering the coincidental news of election-postponement, Ambode used the event to reassure his audience of electorates that no amount of postponement can deny them of victory, urging them to remain resolute in their quest for continuity in Lagos and for Change at centre. “They can shift the date, but they can’t shift our date with destiny. We may be disappointed, but we will not be demotivated, we will not be discouraged, we will stand with one voice to proclaim change and continuity”, Ambode assured.
The man of the moment moved on to actively partake in the fun as he took to the dance floor to give moves typical of his youthfulness, much to the cheer of the excited crowd of supporters.
The eventful nite wind down amidst more fun-fare, singing and dancing, as the APC candidate moved round the venue to appreciate and exchange pleasantries with the people who had trooped out to support him.
Lagos state gubernatorial candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, today received a courtesy visit from a delegation of the British High Commission in Nigeria.
He met with the British High Commissioner, Dr. Andrew Pocock, the Vice Consul, Sue Hewer, and the consulate’s Communication Manager, Mr. Wale Adebajo.
Considering the important position of Lagos state in matters of national development, the High Commissioner’s visit was intended to get well posted about the plans of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, especially now that the elections are near.
Mr. Ambode promised the delegation that he will employ his tested competence, experience and mastery in the matters of good governance to ensure a Lagos that works for all, indigenes and foreigners alike. He said his programmes are poised to make Lagos keep playing a key role as regards issues of national interest.