Gets Certificate of Return
Reiterates commitment to run all-inclusive government
By Olasunkanmi Akoni
National Commissioner in charge of Lagos, Ondo and Ogun States, Dr. Adekunle Ogunmola has urged Lagos State Governor-elect- Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy-elect, Dr Femi Hamzat to be magnanimous in victory in the interest of the state.
Sanwoolu, in his ‘Thank you Message’ after receiving his Certificate of Return at the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Office, Yaba, Lagos, reiterated his commitment to run an all inclusive government that would accommodate all interests.
He said that he would open his door which will remain open to everyone in the state for suggestions, ideas and advice on how to take the state to a greater height, assuring that better times lie ahead for all the residents.
Ogunmola, who was the former Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, between 2010 and 2015 gave the task yesterday, during the formal presentation of certificates to Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat. Ogunmola tasked Sanwoolu and Hamzat on good governance, saying that they should not see themselves as Governor of their political party, but of Lagos State and Lagosians. He implored them to discharge their duties with honesty, integrity and dedication.
According to Ogunmola: “I want to admonish you to be magnanimous in victory because you are not the governor of your party but to Lagos State and Lagosians. Lagosians are discerning people, when they make a choice they know what they are doing, that is why they place a lot of responsibilities on your shoulder.”
“INEC is desirous on deepening democracy but it does not rest on INEC alone but also political class as well.Ogunmola added: “We need more cooperation from the political class and everybody. In other climes election materials are issued four days before the election date even in West African countries. It is possible in Nigeria with the cooperation of everybody. I want to admonish all of us. I do know that at higher level, the political class displays high level of camaraderie among themselves. You find them cracking jokes but that has not been allowed to permeate the rank and file of the political class which should not be. If it goes down the lane it means we will improve our political process.”
Sanwoolu, speaking to Newsmen, after receiving his certificate from Ogunmola stated that March 29 would remain historic in his life and his Deputy-Governor-elect Hamzat.
The Governor-elect commended the management of the electoral body for conducting a free, fair and credible elections, saying that his victory was for the entire Lagosians.
“My victory is for the entire Lagos. It was a victory for all the other 44 governorship candidates who contested in the March 9 governorship election in Lagos. I urge them all to join me in running this government because victory to one is a victory to all. Let us work together to take Lagos to a greater height,” Sanwoolu assured.