Ambode will excellently steer the ship of continuity in Lagos – Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Ambode will excellently steer the ship of continuity in Lagos – Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

The National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has assured Lagosians that the party’s governorship candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, is the most reliable man to steer the ship excellence that Lagos is already known for.

He stated this at the mega rally held at the Ojo area of the state, where Mr. Ambode and other APC candidates were presented to the Ojo electorate.

“I am a talent seeker, talent finder and human-resource expert. I confidently tell you that Akinwunmi Ambode is another brilliant talent that our party presents to you. He is a tested, trusted and has the capable hands to successfully captain and steer the ship of excellence that this state is already known for”, Asiwaju said.

Babatunde Raji Fashola, Akinwunmi Ambode and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the Ojo Rally
L-R: Babatunde Raji Fashola, Akinwunmi Ambode and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the Ojo Rally

Asiwaju, who had earlier thanked the Ojo people for their steady support which dates back to his senatorial days, added that Ambode is a youthful enigma who had consistently employed his financial brilliance to salvage the state.

“Today, we present one of you, a brilliant mind in financial management, the most-reliable financial guru this state has produced. He is the man who will combine his experience and intelligence to ensure that Lagos remains economically viable. Vote for him and you will not regret it”.

Ambode himself was thankful for the support shown by the Ojo people and assured them of a continuity of good governance that will involve their prosperity and further development.

“I am always grateful for the massive support you give me in Ojo. I am happy that you always identify with me, and I will not disappoint you”.

He added, “the efforts of the present government to make things work well in Lagos is visible to all of us. What we are ready to do now is to sustain that good governance in a way that there will be more prosperity, further development and greater economic growth for Ojo and the whole of Lagos state”.

A Cross-Section of Electorates at the Ojo LGA Rally
L-R: A Cross-Section of Electorates at the Ojo LGA Rally

Ambode further promised reforms in the educational, employment and health sectors of Ojo, while adding that the present transformation experienced in the transport sector will see completion in his tenure when elected.

The governor of Lagos state, Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) added at the rally that the peoples’ vote for continuity in Lagos is the best option for good governance to continue.

“The other party has nothing to offer other than corruption. The fruits of corrupt governance don’t discriminate. The responsibility of a competent government is to promote prosperity and remove poverty; I tell you that this is what Ambode brings to you, this is what our party stands for”, stated Fashola.

Mr. Ambode and the APC Leaders all together urged the Ojo people not to make the mistake of voting wrongly and rather stick with the APC through their votes.

“Lagos will give Buhari 85% of her votes” – Ambode declares

“Lagos will give Buhari 85% of her votes” – Ambode declares

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Lagos, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has assured that the majority of the votes in Lagos will be for the Presidential candidate of the APC, General Muhammadu Buhari.

He stated this today at the APC’s Presidential Rally in Lagos, held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.

“There has been no time in history that Nigeria and Democracy have been so united. We have the chance now to create a government that cares about the people. To this end, I assure General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd), that 85% of the votes of Lagos will be for him”, Ambode declared

The governorship candidate also said that the nation and its people are tired of the stories of “transformation without motion” given by the the opposition, thus, making a vote for the APC the best option for Nigeria in the election.

After receiving the APC’s flag of victory from the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, as the gubernatorial candidate in Lagos, Mr. Ambode stated that Lagos will keep enjoying fruits of good governance by voting the party under which it had experienced steady growth in the past 16 years.

A cross Section of Electorates at the APC Presidential Rally - January 30, 2015
A cross Section of Electorates at the APC Presidential Rally – January 30, 2015

“Lagos deserves continuity of the irreversible growth it has experienced in the past 16 years”, Ambode stated.

He added, “Lagos has always worked and I assure you that it will keep working for all of us. This is the reason why we say no to inexperience, trial and error and ineptitude”.

Chief Odigie-Oyegun, the state Chairman, Chief Henry Ajomale, national party leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, National Women leader, Chief (Mrs) Kemi Nelson, and the Governors of Lagos, Rivers, Osun, Imo, Kwara, Edo, who all spoke at the rally, reiterated Ambode’s stance that Nigeria’s option of good governance lies with the APC, saying that a vote for General Buhari at the centre, and for Akinwunmi Ambode in Lagos will ensure such.

“I WILL STAND BY AMBODE” – Fashola declares

“I WILL STAND BY AMBODE” – Fashola declares

The Governor of Lagos state, Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) has confidently assured Lagosians that he will stand by Akinwunmi Ambode because he is sure that the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Lagos is not just only experienced in the matters of governance, but also that, he has been key to the amount of progress Lagos has enjoyed over the years.

The Governor said this today while giving account account of his stewardship to Lagos state in the past 100 days, the 28th edition of its kind.

“Akinwunmi Ambode has been key to most of the development and progress this state has achieved in the past 16 years; he is adequately experienced in the provision of good governance, and I confidently assure you that he will expertly steer the ship of continuity in Lagos state”, Fashola said.

He then added, “I will stand by Ambode, more importantly, you all should stand by him too and elect him as the next Governor of our state”.

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and his running mate, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule, were both present at the event to witness a detail of the progress the state has witnessed in the period under review.

While canvassing votes for the Ambode/Adebule gubernatorial ticket, Governor Fashola urged Lagosians “to stay away from bold ignorance, deception and bad governance and vote for the continuity of good governance that we’ve together built as well meaning Lagosians”.

The Governor had earlier enumerated the strides recorded in the state in the past 100 days as touching Power generation, Education, the Lagos HOMS Project, Welfare, Health, Security, and Sports.

He further berated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for being only interested in fueling lies, deception, and giving cosmetic responses, especially during election time.

He said, “The PDP candidate in Lagos constantly displays bold and stack ignorance. Rather, our candidate, Akin Ambode, and our party has constantly delivered all-time, these facts prove so. We are a government of all our people, not a government of ‘election time'”

Fashola finally remarked that a vote for Muhammadu Buhari, will complement their votes for Ambode, and thus, assure of “all-encompassing form of good governance”.

“I WILL MAKE CHAMPIONS OUT OF YOU” – Ambode Promises Ajegunle Youths

“I WILL MAKE CHAMPIONS OUT OF YOU” – Ambode Promises Ajegunle Youths

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Lagos state, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has stated that the kind of human capital and infrastructural development that his government will bring to Ajeromi-Ifelodun will make champions out of its people.

He said this while addressing the hoard of party faithful and Lagosians that had gathered to receive him and other APC candidates in Ajegunle during the APC’s rally in the Ajeromi-Ifelodun local government area.

“I am so proud and happy to be back among my people, having worked and lived here before. My dear people, I know what you need because I am experienced in the matters of good governance, and what I promise you is continuity of the excellent service that will make your lives better and prosperous. The kind of sustained development I will introduce into Ajegunle will further exploit the rich human capital located here”, Ambode noted.

Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) and Ambode Campaign train was received by the Ojora of Ijora Kingdom and Iganmu Land, His Royal Majesty, Oba Abdul Fatai Aremu Oyeyinka Aromire, Oyegbemi II, and other traditional and party leaders in Ajeromi-Ifelodun
Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) and Ambode Campaign train was received by the Ojora of Ijora Kingdom and Iganmu Land, His Royal Majesty, Oba Abdul Fatai Aremu Oyeyinka Aromire, Oyegbemi II, and other traditional and party leaders in Ajeromi-Ifelodun

He stressed, “We will create standardized recreational, vocational and technical infrastructure that will make world champions out of talented Ajegunle youths”.

He urged them to make sure they all to exercise their civic rights in the forthcoming elections, firstly by collecting their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and also by shunning violence.

“It is your civic rights to get your PVCs and vote; and, I am here to tell you to vote wisely for experience and continuity. As we together prepare to achieve this victory, I urge you all to shun political violence both prior and during the elections”

Ambode then reiterated that the people will get “more of good governance” in Lagos by ensuring that they also vote for the APC in the Presidential elections.

Supporters of Akinwunmi Ambode at the rally
Supporters of Akinwunmi Ambode at the rally

The Governor of Lagos state, Governor Babatunde Fashola presented Mr. Ambode to the crowd, describing him as the “experienced leader” that will unify Lagos much more, and also take the state to greater heights.

The chairman of the party, Chief Henry Ajomale while addressing the people, berated the opposition party in the state for being “shortsighted”, adding that, “whoever criticizes the progress that this state had enjoyed so far is not qualified nor rightful to lead Lagos”. He then took time to extol the capabilities and administrative experience of Mr. Ambode which make him best fit to lead Lagos into further excellence.

The governorship candidate together with Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) and the entire campaign train were earlier received by the Ojora of Ijora Kingdom and Iganmu Land, His Royal Majesty, Oba Abdul Fatai Aremu Oyeyinka Aromire, Oyegbemi II, and other traditional and party leaders in Ajeromi-Ifelodun.

Gov. Fashola, Ambode, and Osinbajo unanimous on the idea of excellent governance

Gov. Fashola, Ambode, and Osinbajo unanimous on the idea of excellent governance

At an interactive session organized today by the Joint Campus Committee (JCC), the youths in Lagos engaged the Governor of Lagos State, Governor Babatunde Fashola, the state’s All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, and APC’s Vice-Presidential candidate, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, where questions and issues about governance were thoroughly addressed and elucidated by the august trio.

The session was set up with the intent of knowing the actual plans of the candidates for the young generation, for Lagos, and for the nation at large, in view of the forthcoming general elections. It was held at the Banquet Hall of the Tafawa Balewa Square, Onikan, Lagos.

The programme kicked off with a sensitization session for the youths about the successes of the present government in the state, especially as touching transport, primary education, agriculture and power generation, while also detailing further plans to improve on the successes recorded in these sectors.

The questions asked afterwards bordered on issues directly affecting the youths in the state, nation building and expectations regarding all other aspects of government function. Answering these questions, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Professor Osinbajo, and Governor Fashola were together unanimous in their promise and in the plausibility of a form of governance that is productive and people-oriented.

APC's Vice-Presidential candidate, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Governor of Lagos State, Governor Babatunde Fashola, the state's APC governorship candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, and a cross section of students at an interactive session organized  by the Joint Campus Committee (JCC) in LagosAPC’s Vice-Presidential candidate, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Governor of Lagos State, Governor Babatunde Fashola, the state’s APC governorship candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, and a cross section of students at an interactive session organized by the Joint Campus Committee (JCC) in Lagos

Reacting first, Akinwunmi Ambode was quick to state the importance of the youths’ constituency in the achievement of true nation building. “Practical Youth engagement, as already evident in the success story of the present government, is core to my plans and the plans of our Party to take good governance to another level in Lagos state; there is no true development without the youths input and benefit”, Ambode said.
He moved on to say he readily identifies with the youths’ questions and yearnings, and that his experience as a professional in the state’s mainstream civil service for 27 productive years, makes him reckon that such yearnings always have their answers in selfless leadership and good governance.
He further pointed out job creation, security, qualitative and skill-enhancing education, and an accountable economy, as the main ingredients of a kind of governance that will easily cater for most, if not all, of the youths’ expectations.

While answering the questions thrown at him, Professor Osinbajo acknowledged that the “NOW” belonged to the youths, and not just the future. He noted that governance is not rocket science and therefore can be excellently done with what he called the tenets of Common Sense Revolution (CSR). He described the CSR as a concept which simply looks to apply creativity, innovation, working processes and a clear ideology to mastermind governance at all fronts, be it education, security, job creation, the economy, and others.
He stated that APC’s ideology of change intends to move away from the present conservative kind of governance into a strictly people-oriented one. He said such people-oriented governance is the type that ditches mere statistics and seeks to employ the CSR as a means to find an end to the pressing problems and questions a majority of the youths raised.

Corroborating Mr. Ambode, Governor Fashola stated that governance will be productive when capable, creative and inventive hands are simply employed to cater for the governed. While further giving reference to Ambode’s idea of accuracy and accountability, the Governor said, ” We are here to demonstrate to you that government can work, we are here to connect you with your own, youths like you, who together with me have achieved the enviable success in this government”.
He tagged the incumbent government at the centre as incapable, and urged the audience to simply see reason, first, in the idea of continuity in Lagos state, and then, change at the centre.
He summed up his remarks by stating that only “modest moderation” can be the done at state level,thus, making taking government and the centre extremely important in order to achieve an all-encompassing form of excellent governance that the nation urgently needs.

Giving the vote of thanks, the Chairman of the JCC, and leader of the Student Support Group, Comrade Sulaimon Sanusi, appreciated the presence of the the Governor and the two candidates. He expressed a level of conviction in the candidacy of Mr. Ambode and Professor Osinbajo, owing such conviction to the affirmative way in which their questions were answered by the duo. He was joined by Comrade Luta Olorunjuwonlo, the Students’ Union president of Lagos State Polytechnic, to express an endorsement of Mr. Ambode’s gubernatorial candidature to wrap up the session.

The three panelists were also joined by some if the Governor’s cabinet members, Mr. Ambode’s running mate, Dr. Mrs Oluranti Adebule, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly (LSHA) representing Eti-Osa constituency, Mr. Gbolohan Yishawu, a LSHA candidate, Desmond Elliot, and a host of other party and government functionaries.

The youths present at the session comprised majorly of students from the state’s tertiary institutions, and were joined by other resident young professionals. The interactive session was moderated by one of their own, Comrade Nurudeen Yusuf Temilola, the President, Lagos Universities’ Students Union.