The All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate for Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Friday commended delegates and aspirants that took part in Thursday’s governorship primaries of the party, which took place at the Onikan Stadium, Lagos, saying the foundation for success in next-year’s general election had been laid with his victory in the primaries.
Ambode, who defeated 12 other contestants to clinch the APC ticket for next February governorship elections in the state, said in a brief acceptance speech that his victory at the primaries was for the people of the state and democracy.
He praised his co-contenders for putting up what he called a ‘good fight’.
Ambode, who was declared winner with 3735 votes, won by a landslide as the current Commissioner for Works, Obafemi Hamzat , who came second, got 1,201 votes, less than half of Ambode’s votes.
In the speech titled: “A Renewed Hope” the governorship candidate urged the contestants to put the outcome of the exercise aside and unite for the progress of the party and the state as a whole.
He said the task of providing good governance and dynamic development for the state is such that cannot be toyed with.
Ambode said: “Our party has demonstrated to all that we are a party of great minds and democratic ideals. The flag of the party that you have handed over to me I accept with a deep sense of history, knowing fully well that Lagos deserves nothing but the best in terms of good governance and dynamic development.
“We have a legacy to build upon. We have a challenge to meet and speedily too. The responsibility belongs to all of us. Let us put aside the disappointment of yesterday and embrace the opportunity of today. Not forgetting that the future begins today. We must never forget that the future of Lagos is bigger than the summation of our ambitions.
“After this victory, we must move quickly to retain the party APC in the column of the progressives by returning the APC to power in Lagos. The task ahead of is daunting, but surmountable. We have only just commenced the first phase of the execution of our political agenda. The next phase beckons. We must all work together to usher APC back into power in Lagos state.
“On my part, I promise never to waiver or fail. I promise to energize and mobilize our teeming supporters in the next phase of this struggle. I put myself to the task, knowing fully well that the foundation laid must never be destroyed but built upon. I commit to the continuation of excellence and the upliftment of the lives of all Lagosians”.