Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday called on the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the last elections, Mr Jimi Agbaje to join hands with him in moving the state forward. This came as the Election Petition Tribunal confirmed his victory.
He described the confirmation as a reaffirmation of the mandate given to him by the people of Lagos State.
The state election petition tribunal, yesterday struck out the petition filed against the election of Ambode of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by Agbaje, following a preliminary objection filed by the counsel to the APC candidate, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN).
In his reaction to the ruling of the tribunal headed by Justice Mohammed Sirajo, the governor said: “I’m elated at the ruling of the tribunal which is an affirmation of my victory at the polls. On April 11, 2015, the people of Lagos spoke with their votes about continuity and that is what the tribunal has just reaffirmed”.
“The task ahead requires concerted efforts from everyone. I urge all my opponents to put the election struggles behind them and in the spirit of sportsmanship join hands with me to take Lagos to the next level.”
“It was needless in the first place for the PDP to have petitioned my election which was adjudged to be free, fair and credible. Now that the right thing has been done which of course the people expected, we should all come together above partisanship and move the state forward.”
Also reacting to the ruling, Lagos State APC said that the party did not expect anything less, as the PDP was pursuing a lost case.
According to the Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Joe Igbokwe “it is a well deserved victory by all standard. The people of Lagos have spoken and there is no going back. It is an affirmation of the peoples’ will and the PDP know it. PDP does not exist in Lagos.”
“We told them that Lagos is not for grabs but this party will not listen, and now they have been told that light and darkness have no meeting point. Millions of dollars and pound sterlings, OPC, and all the security agencies were massively deployed by Jonathan and PDP just to snatch Lagos but they failed.”