By Okunade Adekunle, Lagos
The Governor-Elect of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwoolu, has restated his commitment to run an all inclusive government that would accommodate all interests, saying that he would open his door to everyone in the state for suggestions and advice on how to take the state to a greater height.
Sanwoolu, who stated this at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Yaba, Lagos State, when delivering his ‘thank you message’ after receiving his certificate of return presented to him by the National Commissioner in charge of Lagos, Ondo and Ogun States, Dr Adekunle Ogunmola, stated further that March 29th would remain historic in the life of him and his Deputy-Governor Elect, Dr Obafemi Hamzat.
The Governor-Elect commended the management of the electoral body for conducting a free, fair and credible elections , saying that his victory is for the entire Lagosians.
“My victory is for the entire Lagos. It was a victory of all the governorship candidates that participated in the March 9 governorship election in Lagos. I urge them all to join me in running this government because victory to one is a victory to all. Let us work together to take Lagos to a greater height”, said Sanwoolu.
He also commended the traditional rulers, paramilitary agencies and other stakeholders for their efforts in ensuring that the elections were conducted credibly.
Sanwoolu who arrived with his deputy, Hamzat, to the venue around 11:25 am, added that he would be hitting the ground running and achieve all of the things they promised during campaigns.
“We are asking God to give us the ability to achieve all these. We ask for the support of Lagosians because we cannot eat a omelette without breaking the egg and all the things that Lagos needs to greater heights, and those campaign slogans that we said.
“Politics is over, we are extending hands of fellowship to other 44 contestants that contested. A win for one is a win for all. We have open doors, they have access to us . Whatever ideas they can share with us, whatever thought they want to share with us we are open to them so that we truly reflect and improve governance through cross fertilisation of ideas.
“It is not about me, it is about the people. So, If there is superior idea that would benefit the life of the people I will really bring on board. It is a win win show and that is what I am talking about. We will ensure we engage everybody in taking Lagos to a higher level.”
Meanwhile, the National Commissioner In Charge of Lagos, Ondo and Ogun States, Dr Adekunle Ogunmola, tasked Sanwoolu and Hamzat on good governance, saying that they should not see themselves as Governor of their political party but of Lagos State and Lagosians.
Ogunmola implored them to discharge their duty with honesty, integrity and dedication, saying that he was not in doubt of their ability to govern the state well.
“Lagosians are discerning people, when they make a choice they know what they are doing, that is why they places alot of responsibilities on your shoulder.
“INEC is desirous on deepening democracy but not rest on INEC alone but also political class as well.”
Ogunmola added, “We need more cooperation from the political class and everybody. In other developed countries, election materials are issued four days to the election date even in West African countries. It is possible in Nigeria with the cooperation of everybody. I want to admonish all of us. I do know that at higher level, the political class displays high level of camaraderie among themselves. You find them cracking jokes but that has not been allowed to permeate the rank and file of the political class which should not be. If it goes down the lane it means we will improve our political process.”
Also, the Lagos Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Sam Olumekun, in his speech , lamented the low turn out of voters during the supplementary election in Ibeju Lekki State Constituency 1, tasking the leadership of political parties, pressure groups, civil society organizations and religious bodies on voter sensitisation, education and mobilisation.
Olumekun stated that the parties should engage more on mobilising their followers to complement the efforts of the commission in ensuring large turnout of voters during elections.
He added, “Although, the presidential election in Lagos State like in some other states across the federation witnessed some pockets of violence, we are grateful to God in Lagos State that the governorship election that produced you was free of rancour and it was adjudged credible, smooth, peaceful, free and fair even by the international community.
“I thank the various stakeholders for their cooperation, support and synergy throughout the period of the elections starting from party congresses, party primaries, the electioneering campaign period and the elections proper. I want to thank them for maintaining peace even after elections and I am confident that we shall continue to work together to maintain a peaceful atmosphere in Lagos State. You have indeed demonstrated that Lagos is the center of excellence without equivocation”