Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, and 40 other lawmakers have received their certificates of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) following their election victory.
The issuance of the certificates took place on Thursday and while presenting them to the elected officials, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Olusegun Agbaje urged them to fulfil the promises they made to the people.
While congratulating them, Agbaje disclosed that he was humbled by the outcome of the election despite the enormous challenges that characterised the exercise.
“The journey towards the accomplishment of success in the Governorship and State House of Assembly Election was not completely smooth, as some desperate elements used their negative utterances which unnecessarily overheated the political environment.
“Armed thugs were used to unleash mayhem on the process in some areas while unfounded allegations were peddled against INEC to distract her from focusing on its mandate during the period.
“The commission was, however, undaunted as it remained focused on doing all that was required within the ambit of the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to avail all registered political parties that nominated candidates for the election equal opportunity to participate in the process”, he stated.
“For those that could not make it this time, all they need to do is to go back to the drawing board to re-strategise for another time, as INEC will continue to create the needed level playing field for all those that aspire to take part in any election in Nigeria”, Agbaje added.
In his appreciation speech, Governor Sanwo-Olu said he is more committed to delivering on the contract that binds him to Lagosians.
“Today, I stand before you older, wiser, more experienced, and more committed than ever to deliver on the contract that binds me to the good people of Lagos State.
“You have been with me every step of this journey, providing feedback, sharing your opinions, holding us accountable.
“As we commence the next phase of this journey, which will take us until 2027, I want you to continue to hold us accountable, as your elected servants.
“We have made promises, indeed, and we have also delivered on so many of them.
“Now, we must take the work to a new level of performance and delivery.
“We will complete all the projects we have started, and ensure that all new ones are funded, prioritised and delivered.
“This is our solemn promise to you.
“Those ideals and aspirations are the things that truly matter; over and above any of the differences that may exist amongst us.
“I want to remain the Governor of all Lagos residents, irrespective of faith, creed or tongue.
“Just as diversity propels progress in all global cities that we know of around the world, we must purpose to make diversity birth prosperity for our dear state.”