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Friday, 28 July 2017

LG Poll: How Lagosians Appreciated Ambode With Votes




Lagos The recently concluded local government election in Lagos state will forever linger in the memories of leaders and supporters of the ruling All Progressives  Congress (APC) in Lagos state.
To them, it was the best outing posted by the party so far since the conduct of council elections in the state.
That the ruling party won all the chairmanship seats in the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local  Council Development  Areas (LCDAs) is not news.  It also achieved that feat in the elections conducted in 2008 and 2011 under the  Babatunde  Raji Fashola administration. However, this time, unlike the previous elections that was greeted with protests by the opposition parties over allegations of rigging and manipulation of results, the July 22 election was peaceful, free, fair and credible and there was no single protests by the opposition parties in the state.
Even before the official announcement of the results by the Justice  Ayotunde Phillips-led Lagos State  Independent Electoral  Commission (LASIEC), many  Lagosians already knew that the APC had won all the councils given the fact that the the results of the election were announced at ward collation centres across the state.
Another factor that gladdens the hearts of many APC supporters in the state was the reclamation of its lost territories following the victories recorded by the party in hitherto ‘PDP territories and strongholds’ such as  Ajeromi- Ifelodun,  Ojo, and  Alimosho, and  Oshodi-  Isolo. and  Mushin, which is widely believed to be the homebase of Accord Party (AP). 
During the 2015 elections, the APC lost some seats in the  House of  Representatives  and  House of Assembly to the PDP in these councils . Many Lagosians believe  Governor  Akinwunmi  Ambode’s performance contributed in no small measures to the landslide victory recorded by the party.
A day to the conduct of the polls, the PDP announced that its candidates in the Local Government election in Eredo and Ikosi Ejinrin LCDAs of Lagos State will not contest the election in honour of the brilliant performance of Governor Ambode.

The party, while announcing the decision to honour Governor Ambode and his wife by not contesting in the election, cited the unprecedented infrastructural development by the Governor in Epe division as its reason for withdrawing.

Also in Ojo,  which has many Igbo population, it was a resounding victory for the APC as many of the residents said they want the APC to continue the good works of  Governor Ambode in the grassroots.
Speaking on the outcome of the exercise, a chieftain of the PDP in  Surulere, Lekan Buraimoh said Lagosians voted for the APC based on Governor  Akinwunmi  Ambode’s performance. According to him, it will be hard for any party to win elections in Lagos based on the governor’s giant strides in security, traffic management and infrastructural developments.

“Honestly, to me I believe Governor  Ambode won the election for APC. Many of the chairmen couldn’t have won based on their merit. I also believe that the local government election was a way of saying ‘Thank You’ to the governor for what he has done. He is a very wise politician. 
Aside, what he did in the areas of infrastructural developments which leaders of my party, including Chief  Olabode George attested to, he also ordered two roads to be constructed every six months in the inner roads and also removed VIO officials causing Lagosians untold pain on the roads”.
“ If you are to judge the performance of APC at the federal level, then it will be easy for the opposition to win, but it’s impossible in Lagos owing to the governor’s performance”.
Also speaking,  Fatai  Ayoola, the newly sworn in  Chairman of Ajeromi-  Ifeoldun Local  Government also said he believed  Governor Ambode’s performance won the election for APC. He said the performance of the governor motivated him to contest for the chairmanship position.
“I decided to throw my hat in the ring because what I see around me motivated my desire to become the chairman of the local government, most especially the good works being done by  Governor Akinwunmi  Ambode at the state level. I believe I can replicate same at the grassroots. Now that we have been sworn in, I want to implore my colleagues to hit the ground running and ensure that the good works of the governor is felt in all the wards that make up the council” he said.
Senator  Gbenga Ashafa on his part, said he is unfazed by the outcome of the election. The lawmaker, who represents Lagos East senatorial district in the  Senate said by voting APC in all the councils,  it will be easier harness the development being witnessed in Lagos State at the grass-root level  through the synchronised efforts of state and local governments.

“ I am not surprised APC won all the 57 councils at all because I have always believed that victory for APC at the council election will further help Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to continue and improve on his relentless efforts to transform Lagos to the state of his dream. It is a testimony that the good people of Lagos are appreciative of the efforts of the governor and they want it to continue at the grassroots” he said.

On his part,  Governor Ambode has  charged the newly elected local government chairmen  to be hardworking and transparent in the management of resources entrusted in their care.

The governor, who gave the charge in Alausa at the swearing-in ceremony of the chairmen told them that  that they were coming on board at a time the people expected much, urging them not to disappoint those who elected them.

“The conclusion of the electoral process marks the beginning of real governance which has been activated by your swearing-in today.
“The people have, by their votes, discharged their responsibility. It is now your turn to discharge your part of the social contract you made with the people of your communities, wards and local councils.

“Let me remind you all that you are assuming the mantle of leadership at a time when our people expect so much.

“As you settle down to the business of governance, you must bear in mind that the participation of the people in governance does not end with elections.

“The people must be carried along and given the opportunity to have a say in policy making process and implementation,” Ambode said.
He also charged the new chairmen not to discriminate against anyone, irrespective of political, religious or other leanings
“I want to put it on record today that the elections have come and gone; there must be no discrimination of any form.The dividends of good governance must be fairly distributed to all people without prejudice to political affiliation, gender, religious belief or ethnic background.

“We must cherish and nurture the cosmopolitan nature of our state because it is a key factor in our strength and prosperity,” Ambode said.
The governor said that the government recognised the importance of the Local Government administration in having a government of inclusion where everybody had a voice.

“Today, we have completed the chain of government linking the Wards, Councils and Local Government Areas to the State Government. Our government has, once again, demonstrated our total commitment to deepening democratic values and good governance at the grassroots,” he said.