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LAGOS UNDER MY WATCH WILL NOT DISCRIMINATE-GOVERNOR-ELECT OF LAGOS STATE, MR. AKINWUNMI AMBODE ASSURES

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Ambode-Akinwunmi

Ambode-Akinwunmi

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.

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I thank all those who voted for me. And even those who did not vote for me or never voted at all. To the electorate, I salute and applaud all of you for making this a fine day in the march towards Nigeria’s democracy.

 

The people of Lagos have demonstrated that Lagos is not about ethnicity or religion but about a common desire to enthrone good governance. Lagos under my watch will not discriminate. It has not in the past. And will not in the present. Not even in the future. There will be no political victimization.  Like in the words of the  former American President, Abraham Lincoln during his second Inaugural address, “With Malice toward none, with Charity for all …”

 

In your collective wisdom, you refused to reward a party that failed at the national level by giving that party the stewardship of our beloved Lagos.

 

Continuity of progress shall govern this state in the next four years under the banner of the APC.

 

History has been made this day because you have achieved an outstanding feat. By affirming your faith in the APC and in me, you have, for the first time in 60years, married progressive governance at the national level with progressive government at the state level.

 

Finally, our state government and the federal government will be of one vision, one mind and one accord and that is to govern you wisely not rule over you rudely.

 

The ramifications of this harmonious unity are completely positive. This is a chance that we have worked toward for many years. The joint infrastructural and employment projects and collaboration between the state and the federal will quicken the improvement of our roads, schools, power generation and the entire array of social services. This new era of cooperation between the state and federal government promises to be a golden period for Lagos and for all Lagosians to share equally therein.

 

Lagos will enjoy optimal development and growth through APC governance working in tandem at the state and federal levels.  This cooperation and enhanced policy harmony will surely pay handsome dividends.

 

Let me again place on record my thanks, particularly to the Lagos state chapter of the APC, everyone from the State chairman to the volunteers   have been wonderful and committed. My campaign team, who worked tirelessly with me to actualize this dream, I thank you all.

 

I thank President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari for lending his stature and charisma to our effort. I look forward to working with his incoming government to effectuate the APC vision and bring greater progress to the entire nation.

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There are two men I must single out. Governor Babatunde Fashola; you have been excellent at the job. You have taught me a lot. Moreover, you have been a tireless, selfless and inspiring campaigner for this cause.

 

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; you are the greatest political mind of our generation. Without your vision, and dedication to a higher political purpose none of this would have been possible.  This day vindicates all that you have done. You are a foremost hero of Nigerian democracy and you still have more to do.

 

 

I thank my running mate, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule, for her steadfast and strong support. She will surely be an excellent Deputy Governor.

 

I thank my wife and children for the sacrifices they have made over the past two years to support me on this journey. I look forward to the same support.

 

There is no way I can name everyone at this time that should be named. So please forgive me, knowing that I appreciate your contribution and sacrifice made to turn a distant dream into this imminent reality.

 

We ran a campaign devoid of hatred and concentrated on key issues affecting our people. We are proud of this achievement and encourage other politicians to embrace this paradigm shift.

 

I have been declared the victor in this election but this is no time for gloating or boasting. I am now to be the servant of this state in its entirety, not just for APC members but for all Lagosians no matter their political stripes, ethnicity or religious affiliations.

 

Today, we celebrate democracy and its triumph. Tomorrow, we get to work to fashion an incoming administration that, with the best management team Lagos has to offer, will carry forward the legacy of the progressive administrations that preceded it.

 

You have voted for me. Now, I shall work for you and your cause. That cause is to extend and expand the process of development and growth in this state.

 

The task ahead is not an easy one. Nor is it impossible. With wisdom, creativity and strength of purpose we can accomplish great things for this great state. By God’s grace, we shall make this our way. The only sure way to achieve change.

 

 

 

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Judgement Review: Supreme Court To Deliver Judgment On Bayelsa State Today

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Judgement in the applications for a review of an earlier judgement declared in the Bayelsa State gubernatorial election will be given today.

The Supreme Court had earlier received two applications requesting its review of its judgement of February 13.

Recall that the judgment led to the sack of the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate, David Lyon and saw the appointment of Senator Duoye Diri as governor-elect.

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Led by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, a seven-man panel of the apex court disclosed its readiness to give judgement shortly after hearing the two applications for review of the poll filed by the APC and its governorship candidate at the poll, David Lyon.

Lyon was represented by Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), while the APC was represented by Wole Olanipekun (SAN).

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Why I resigned As Kaduna Assembly Speaker-Hon. Aminu Shagali Explains

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Aminu Shagali

There might be an explanation to why former Kaduna State House of Assembly Speaker, Hon. Aminu Abdullahi Shagali resigned.

According to reports, Shagali resigned following moves by some members of the house to impeach him.

Hon. Shagali who represents Sabon-Gari Constituency in the Assembly tendered his resignation before the commencement of the plenary on Tuesday, February 24.

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Following Hon. Shagali’s resignation, the house immediately elected Yusuf Ibrahim Zailani as the new Speaker, while Mukhatar Isa Hazo was elected as a new Deputy Speaker of the house.

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Meet The Man Behind Bill For Boko Haram Reintegration Agency

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Ibrahim Gaidam

In recent times, there have been calls for the reintegration of repentant members of Boko Haram.

The calls got more weight recently with Yobe-born Senator Ibrahim Gaidam sponsoring a “Bill for an Act to establish a National Agency for the education, de-radicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration of repentant insurgents”.

According to the lawmaker, the bill was sponsored to help repentant insurgents re-enter mainstream politics, religion, and society.

In a recent write-up, Gaidam explained his reason for sponsoring the bill:

 

“Bill for an Act to establish a National Agency for the education, de-radicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration of repentant insurgents would promote reconciliation and national unity.

“The agency when established will provide an avenue for rehabilitating, de-radicalizing, and reintegrating the defectors, repentant and forcefully conscripted members of the insurgent group Boko Haram to make them useful members of the society.

“Provide an avenue for reconciliation and promote national security.

“Provide an-open-door and encouragement for other members of the group who are still engaged in the insurgency to abandon the group, especially in the face of the military pressure.

“Allow the government to derive insider-information about the insurgency group for greater understanding of the group and its inner workings.

“Gaining a greater understanding of the insurgents will enable the government to study the needs of de-radicalization effort, improve the process and address the immediate concerns of violence.

“Enable Government to use the defectors to fight the unrepentant insurgents.

“Help disintegrate the violent and poisonous ideology that the group spreads as the program will allow some repentant defectors or suspect terrorists to express remorse over their actions repent and recant their violent doctrine and in the long run, re-enter mainstream politics, religion and society.

“If defectors told their stories and were made more public, their experiences would play a key role in countering Terrorist propaganda, which in turn would lessen the appeal of joining the group.”

 

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The Senator representing Yobe East further stated that establishment of the agency will help the Federal Government cut the cost of incarceration, render extremist movements obsolete by undermining the foundations upon which the movements were built and also make repentant terrorists become useful members of the society.

 

He added:

 

“In view of the fact that the Boko Haram insurgency is becoming increasingly aggressive since its inception in 2009, marked by extreme brutality and explicit targeting of civilians…it has become necessary for us to go back to the drawing board and adopt an alternative approach, in addition to the military option which has so far performed significantly well.

“There is no doubt that many members of the insurgents’ group have defected and many more are willing to repent given a window of opportunity and this is confirmed by many organizations including NGO’s that have unalloyed access to the Boko Haram.

“There is the need for a more strategic and comprehensive approach to entice those members of the group who, after realizing the futility of the course they are pursuing have eventually decided to voluntarily lay down their arms and chose the path of peace.

“Hence, the need for the establishment of the National Agency for the Rehabilitation, De-radicalization and reintegration of repentant insurgents to accommodate the defectors.

“The agency when established shall be charged with the responsibility of the planning, designing and organizing specialized programs aimed at deradicalizing, rehabilitating and reintegrating defectors and repentant insurgents.

“Those who have become weary of the perpetual violence and have voluntarily laid down their arms and defected from the group will be accepted and rehabilitated using various tools of deradicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration.

“In contrast, those captured active in the battlefields will be required to, in addition to the psychological therapy, participate in the criminal justice process.

“In dealing with the insurgency, Nigerian Government needs to introduce both preventive and corrective measures in addressing violent extremism.”

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