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Lagos Gov election: Ambode wins, gives acceptance speech



... Agbaje congratulates him
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in the just concluded State in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, has congratulated his opponent, Mr. Akin Ambode of the All Progressive Congress (APC), reports ITRealms.

According to report monitored in Lagos on African Independence Television (AIT) network, Mr. Agbaje was quoted as emulated President Goodluck Jonathan by accepting defeat and congratulating Ambode.

Confirming this to ITRealms, APC candidate and governor elect of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode gave an acceptance speech to Lagosians before midnight on Sunday, April 12, thanking them for being on path of continuity.

A few hours earlier, Mr. Agbaje asked Lagosians to discard any online results especially on the social media, describing same as unofficial.

“I want to thank you for coming out yesterday to exercise your right to vote. I want to assure you that we are currently monitoring the vote counting process, so please do not believe the various unofficial numbers that are being shared across the internet. An official announcement will be made at the appropriate time when all numbers are in.

“Continue to remain resolute, and again, thank you for your continued support,” he said.


But Ambode about an hour ago gave an acceptance speech as the governor-elect of Lagos State, a copy of which was obtained by ITRealms. He said that history has beckoned, maintaining that Lagosians choosed continuity rather than uncertain future.

Below is excerpt of his acceptance speech made available to ITRealms.

"FELLOW LAGOSIANS, yesterday, election day, History beckoned. Courage stood tall. Fairness and Justice raised their heads. Democracy blew its trumpet. You, the people, the electorate, answered its call by marching to a victory only you could achieve.

"You contested against an old and ancient device, the use of money and power to manipulate the result and thwart democracy. In the end, the sovereign will of the people proved worthier than money and mightier than brute force. Your collective voice remained the voice of Lagos.

"Now, the official announcement from INEC has come. Democracy has triumphed once again. INEC has declared me the 14th governor-elect of our beloved Lagos. I know that it is only God that crowns KINGS. To Him be all the Glory.

"I may have won your vote but it is you, the people, who won the election. The true winners are the people of Lagos state. I accept this victory on your behalf.

"Let me congratulate INEC for a Job well done and keeping alive Nigeria’s hope for a brighter democracy. To my main opponent, Mr. Jimi Agbaje of the PDP, I thank you for a keen contest and invite you, alongside other gubernatorial candidates, to join hands with me in moving Lagos forward. 

"The people of Lagos have spoken. With one voice they have chosen continuity over an uncertain future. You came out peacefully to cast your vote. Not even the threats of our opponents to unleash mayhem could have kept you from having a date with destiny. And because you have answered our call to come out and vote and handed your party, APC victory at the polls you have sealed a pact with democracy and good governance. 

"I am humbled that you have placed your trust and faith in me. The love of this state and our common belief in what we can accomplish, our belief in what this state already is, and in what it is destined to become binds us together in a social and moral contract of high purpose.

"I shall honor that contract with every fiber of my being. This day I pledge to you that I shall devote myself to bringing even greater prosperity, growth and development to every inch of this state, that I shall build on the legacy and progress of the Bola Tinubu and Babatunde Fashola administrations, I shall bring the best of Lagos into my government and I shall make you proud and glad that you chose me as your next governor.

+Remmy Nweke (ITRealms) 
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