Lagos Polls: Electoral Victory Speech Delivered By Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, Governor-Elect Lagos State

Lagos Polls: Electoral Victory Speech Delivered By Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, Governor-Elect Lagos State


March 10, 2019

1. The Independent National Electoral Commission has announced the final results of the governorship election for Lagos state.

 

This means that indeed you the people have spoken and clearly too. By these words, I accept the mandate you have given and understand that it bestows a most profound honour and sober responsibility on me.

2. I thank and commend all those who supported and contributed to this campaign. You have laboured and toiled countless hours and done so without complaint or hesitation. You exerted yourselves not just for me but because you believe in the rightness and wisdom of the vision we share for our state.  You are too numerous and too many to name at this time. In the next few days, I will make sure I thank each of you personally for your contributions to this collective and progressive effort.

3. Most of all, I want to commend and honor the voters. While this victory may bear my name because it must bear a name, this victory belongs to you, dear Lagosians.

4.  At this point, I would like to thank the leadership of my party both at the National and State levels. I also thank party members in Lagos, who believed in my candidacy and that of my Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat .To our lawmakers, both at the State and Federal levels, thank you immensely. To the National Chairman of our great party APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomole thank you for your support.  To our committed, energetic and visionary national leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, I say a big Thank you too.

5. To the Leader of our party and President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari, I thank you for the quality of leadership you provide.  You paved the path to victory and we have followed you. We shall remain faithful to our progressive vision for a better Nigeria.

To my dear wife, Ibijoke, I cannot thank you enough for being my pillar of support. To my Deputy, Dr. Hamzat, you are an excellent partner whose experience and intellect will serve this state. To   his dear wife, Mrs. Remi Hamzat; we will stay united in the service of our people.

6. This election signaled more than a vote for me or any other candidate. It was a vote, a referendum, on how a state and its people would define themselves. Would we be courageous and confident enough to seek our greater place in the world? Or would we turn so scared that we spend the greater number of hours fighting each other instead of joining ourselves in productive cooperation that will uplift the lives of each of us?

7. We were confident that you would choose courage over fear and select cooperation over confrontation. You made this enlightened choice in resounding and clear numbers.

Let us be completely frank and honest so that we may quickly clear the air of those things that might pollute and soil our politics if we allow them to linger.

There were things said during this campaign that should not have been said. And tactics employed that were shortsighted and potentially disruptive to the social accord and harmony of purpose we have enjoyed in Lagos.

8. Those who tried to use ethnicity to bring discord in hopes that such tactics might bring them victory have been sorely disappointed. The election is over. I ask them to cease and desist from this unwise conduct.

Our people are generous in spirit, compassionate at heart and as fair-minded as any people can be. Despite the challenges that we may face, our people exist in a space that is above hatred.

9. To be the leader of a people such as these is an honour of the highest level and a sacred obligation. A leader befitting this state and its people is one who unites and leads them to greater progress; not one who seeks to pit them against each other.

10. To all those who competed in the election and even those who tried to sow discord, let me say that this day began as an exercise in democracy as the people voted.

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