The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has presented Certificates of Return to the Lagos State governor-elect, Akinwumi Ambode and other elected candidates in last general elections.
The certificates were presented to them at an elaborate ceremony held at Archishop Vinning Memorial Hall, Oba Akinjobi Street, Ikeja, Lagos, southwest Nigeria.
Out of the 20 local government areas in Lagos, Ambode won in 15 while Agbaje won in five.
The Lagos State Collation Officer, Prof. Isaac Adewole, noted that Ambode polled 811,994 votes while Agbaje got 659,788 votes, a difference of 152, 206 votes.
Speaking at the event, The National Electoral Commissioner for Ondo, Osun and Lagos States, Professor Akinola Salau, commended the people of Lagos state for conducting themselves peacefully and decently during the period of the elections.
He said judging by the tension generated by the keenly contested positions, pessimists had predicted a very rough year for Lagos State in particular and the country in general.
“I want to applaud you for proving to the world once again that Lagos indeed the ‘Centre of Excellence.”
“Today, we are gathered here to perform the most crucial mandates of the Commission. Section 75 sub-section (1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended) states that a sealed Certificate of Return at an election in a prescribed form shall be issued to every candidates who has won an election under this Act.
“This exercise therefore concludes the electoral process for the elected persons unless the court says otherwise,” he averred.
He acknowledged the unalloyed supports of the Security Agencies, NYSC, National Orientation Agency, lectureres of federal tertiary institutions, International sponsors, the media and others before, during and after the elections.