October 24, 2014 – Former Accountant General of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode demonstrated today that come November 15, the All Progressive Congress ( APC) will anoint him formerly to lead the party as large crowd from across 57 local governments and local council development areas came out to witness his formal declaration and endorse his candidate.
Ambode said the presence of thousands of supporters at the event was an attestation to the state-wide consultations that commenced since last year, adding this is a divine moment in the history of Lagos State.
“In recognition of this support, I, Akinwunmi Ambode, in your presence and in the presence of God, formally put myself forward to run for the position of the governor of Lagos state. I make this declaration with the highest sense of responsibility. I am putting myself forward because I believe I have the qualities required to continue the giant strides, which our great party, All Progressives Congress has achieved in Lagos in recent years,” he declared.
Ambode said he would work to serve the people of Lagos and would never do less, while dedicating himself to the task ahead without flinching or losing focus, adding that the last 15 years had witnessed an irreversible growth and development of Lagos with a foundation laid concretely by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu between 1999 and 2007, saying that the consolidation and actualisation of that growth had been achieved by the incumbent Governor, Fashola.
“I stand before you today in the spirit of the continuity of excellence that Lagos is known for. My vision and mission is to create a clean, secure and prosperous Lagos State that is driven by a vibrant economy and supported by quality service, equity and justice.
“I am resolved to offer you genuine leadership that will be accountable with all the principles of good governance, a government of inclusion that will not leave any race or gender behind. No matter your age, sex, tribe or any other status, as long as you reside in Lagos, we will make Lagos liveable for you.
“We will work to create opportunities for all and offer selfless service. As we proceed, we will leave no one behind. What our great party stands for is change, positive change. We will create wealth. We will create new jobs. We will challenge ourselves to make Lagos a better place. We will take Lagos to the next level. We are going to do it together,” he stated.
Ambode said everybody has a role to play in making Lagos great.
He called on all Muslims, Christians, and people of other religious persuasions to come out en-masse and ensure they vote in a candidate that had the interest of Lagos and Lagosians at heart, a candidate that is passionate about Lagos and truly understood the needs of the ordinary people, while declaring himself as that candidate.
He said the story of Lagos, through various challenges to its emergence as the economic nerve centre of Nigeria could not be told without the mention of great patriots such as Chief Obafemi Awolowo, General Mobolaji Johnson(rtd), Alhaji LateefJakande, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and Mr. Babatunde Fashola, among others whose respective and remarkable contributions to the development of Lagos made all very proud.
“Come February 2015, Lagosians will once again elect a governor that will not only continue the great works of these forebearers, but will also lead the people of Lagos to greater economic heights, prosperity, accountable democracy, and more importantly, the protection of lives and properties.
“I stand before you today as a bridge between the elderly and the youth. I hold before you a beacon that summons us all to building together a more prosperous Lagos. I have the competence, experience and determination to lead Lagos State to greater economic heights and prosperity. I ask for your support and your votes that will send me to Alausa to continue in my tradition of selfless service to this great State of ours,” he stated.