We have just witnessed the swearing in ceremony for the new Chairman and members of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission.
This ceremony is coming after the Lagos State House of Assembly carried out due diligence and subsequent confirmation of the Chairman and members of the Commission. I thank the Right Honourable Speaker and members of the Assembly for their cooperation and understanding.
The Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission is a statutory body with the responsibility of conducting local government elections in the State. The Commission therefore has a critical role in the democratic process of the State.
We have painstakingly selected people of unquestionable integrity and track record of competence to guarantee a credible, transparent and accountable process. Leading this team is Hon. Justice Ayotunde Phillips, a retired Chief Judge of Lagos State who left a record of meritorious service that saw her to the pinnacle of the Lagos State Judiciary.
I urge you to be above board and truly live up to public expectation as independent umpires. You must be transparent and fair to all without giving undue advantage to one party over another. This is the only way that you can guarantee the credibility of the process that you supervise.
Our government places a high premium on the rule of law and we will not do anything to directly or indirectly interfere in your affairs. You must therefore be prepared to take full responsibility for all your actions.
Once again, I congratulate you all and wish you success in the discharge of your assigned responsibilities.
Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa l’ogun!!!
Governor of Lagos State,
29th June, 2016.