Akinwunmi Ambode and other APC governorship primaries contestants meet Fashola; Governor urges support for Ambode

Akinwunmi Ambode and other APC governorship primaries contestants meet Fashola; Governor urges support for Ambode

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN on Friday hosted a meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwarts who contested the Governorship primaries of the party in the State, commending their conduct during the primaries and urging them to rally round the party’s flag bearer, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode for the campaigns ahead.
The Governor who spoke at the Lagos House, Ikeja added that there is a need to build the team for the Governorship candidate suggesting that even if it means supporting the flag bearer with the people who helped in their various campaigns, they should all rally round the party’s flag bearer.

“The candidate has to get on the road from yesterday. And nothing would be more enabling and more intimidating for the opposition than to see all the aspirants together with the winner”, he said. Fashola noted that it was a matter of managing time, stressing that once or twice; the aspirants should find the time so that they can give the flag bearer the needed push to go forward with the campaigns. He congratulated the candidates for making Lagos proud with the way they conducted themselves during the Lagos APC primaries adding that it served as push for the bigger Convention of the APC at the national level which turned out to be a success.

He stressed that many of the Presidential candidates borrowed a leaf from the way the Lagos aspirants conducted themselves , adding that he is yet to learn from any state where there were as many as 13 contestants in a delegates election in the current dispensation where there were no bickering. Governor Fashola said all of them embodied the spirit of excellence, adding that this informs his delight at their conduct during the primaries.

Also speaking, the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Chief Henry Ajomale thanked the aspirants for the spirit of sportsmanship that they have displayed during and after the primaries. He said since the process has now been concluded what is left is for everyone to rally round the flag bearer, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode to ensure the success of the party at the 2015 Governorship polls.

Those in attendance at the meeting include the APC flag bearer, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, his Deputy and Secretary to the State Government, Dr (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule, Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, former Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr Tola Kasali, Senator representing Lagos West, Senator Ganiyu Solomon, former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Supo Sasore SAN, Mrs Adetokunbo Tobun-Agbesanwa, Mr Abayomi Sutton and Mr Lanre Ope.

Akinwunmi Ambode and other APC Candidates meet at Party Secretariat; Plot How To Win the 2015 Elections

Akinwunmi Ambode and other APC Candidates meet at Party Secretariat; Plot How To Win the 2015 Elections

Akinwunmi Ambode, the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate for Lagos State and other candidates who emerged at the recently conducted primaries of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State met at the party secretariat at Acme Road, Ogba Ikeja. The meeting which was chaired by the Party Chairman, Chief Henry Ajomale, was summoned to familiarise the party’s flag bearers with the challenge ahead of them.

The Party Chairman in his remarks asked the party’s representatives at the next elections to start their campaign by reaching out to the other aspirants who lost during the primaries saying “they are still our Party members. We are one family and we must move forward and win the elections together”. He then urged the candidates to go out and meet the people of their constituencies and start their campaigns in earnest. He asked the candidates to go from street to street and door to door to sensitise their constituencies.

He asked the party flag bearers that they have a big task ahead of them and reminded them that they had only just scaled the first phase of the journey. He asked them to keep to the Party tenets and stressed that discipline and hardwork were essential to emerge victorious at the elections in 2015.

On his part, the Party’s Publicity Secretary, Joe Igbokwe, asked all the party’s representatives to go out and occupy their areas with promotional materials. He said they should make their constituencies feel their presence and the presence of the party.

The candidates assured the party of their willingness to work hard to win the elections and discussed other internal party issues.

Akinwunmi Ambode Attends The Presentation of Lagos State Development Plan 2012-2025

Akinwunmi Ambode Attends The Presentation of Lagos State Development Plan 2012-2025

The Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Raji Fashola, today on behalf of the State Government presented the Lagos State Development Plan 2012 – 2025. This epoch-making event was held at the Banquet Hall of the State House in Alausa.

The State Governor in presenting the plan stated that what has been achieved by the state is already gone and behind in time. He however stated that what is ahead is much greater than what has been done and was the reason the government had taken pains to plan for the future. It was in the light of this that he urged all present t ensure that care is taken in deciding who implements the Lagos State development plan. He stated that Lagos State was too important to be left in the hands of those who want to experiment with it.

To buttress his point, Babatunde Fashola invited Akinwunmi Ambode, the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate for the State and presented him with a copy of the Lagos State Development Plan. Governor Fashola had earlier referred to Akinwunmi Ambode as the man who would succeed him as the Governor of Lagos State and in opening his speech, thanked Mr. Amnbode for making time in this period of electioneering to attend the event. This he said showed the importance Akinwunmi Ambode placed on planning and continuing with the development recorded by the State.

Earlier in the event, the Honourable Commissioner, Lagos State Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Ben Akabueze, stated that the Lagos State Development Plan was built on Four pillars namely: Economic Development, Infrastructural Development, Social Development and Security and Sustainable Environment. These pillars rest on a base Finance, Governance and Capacity Building. There were goodwill messages from the Country Director of the World Bank, The Department for International Development(DFID) and French Development Agency and SPARC, a UK aid agency.

The event was attended by top government officials including the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. (Mrs) Ranti Adebule, the Head of Service, Mrs. Williams and Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Economic Planning, Iyabowale Aluko.

Akinwunmi Ambode attends the APC 3rd National Convention

Akinwunmi Ambode attends the APC 3rd National Convention

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos state, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, was present at a well-conducted 3rd National Convention Presidential Primary of the party held at the Teslim Balogun stadium, Lagos.

In a democratic manner similar to that through which Akinwunmi Ambode himself recently emerged victorious as the party’s gubernatorial flag bearer in Lagos, the APC conducted a successful presidential primary election which yielded General Muhammadu Buhari as the winner.

The Dr. Kayode Fayemi-led National planning committee lived up to its promise of delivering a well-conducted primary and convention where 7,214 accredited delegates participated. The whole event was characterized by a strong sense of unity, brotherliness, progressiveness, devotion and change.

Speaking through their national chairman, Chief John Oyegun, the APC introduced a manifesto of “hope, aspiration and help”, to kick off an eventful convention.

Akinwunmi Ambode earlier expressed his pride in being a product of a party like the APC where processes work well, and was happy to be involved in the almost 2-day proceedings, both as a keen observer and as a gubernatorial flag bearer.
He was warmly received by the Lagos State delegates as well as delegates of other states.

All Progressives Congress (APC) State Leader in Lagos State, Alhaji Badmus Abayomi, APC Governorship candidate for Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode and Deputy State Chairman APC Lagos State, Cardinal James Omolaja Odunmbaku at the 3rd National Convention Presidential Primary of the Party in Lagos.
All Progressives Congress (APC) State Leader in Lagos State, Alhaji Badmus Abayomi, APC Governorship candidate for Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode and Deputy State Chairman APC Lagos State, Cardinal James Omolaja Odunmbaku at the 3rd National Convention Presidential Primary of the Party in Lagos.

Mr. Ambode also met with top party stalwarts and chieftains from all parts of the country, most of who congratulated him for the victory at the primary and engaged him in productive discuss.

The Presidential primary was adjudged a free, fair and transparent one. And, in the spirit of sportsmanship, the presidential aspirants took turns to congratulate and promise concerted support for the winner, General Muhammadu Buhari to make sure that the CHANGE Nigeria deserves is achieved.

Akinwunmi Ambode eulogized the party for laying down standards of internal democracy which other parties should consider emulating.

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.

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