By Gboyega Akinsanmi
Three lawmakers representing Lagos State in the Senate yesterday endorsed the state Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, for a second term, citing massive infrastructure projects his administration had developed in less than three years in office.
The lawmakers, Senator Gbenga Ashafa (Lagos East), Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central) and Senator Solomon Olamilekan (Lagos West), passed a vote of confidence on the governor after a meeting at the State House, Ikeja.Â
After the meeting, the lawmakers justified their decision to endorse Ambode for re-election, noting that his administration had recorded enviable achievements in the last 33 months despite economic recession that almost crippled other states.
In a letter of endorsement they collectively signed, the lawmakers said they were indeed proud of Ambodeâ€™s achievements in less than three years and the renewed vigour he had brought to bear on public governance since he assumed office.
The letter, which Ashafa read on behalf of his colleagues, said Ambode had beyond reasonable doubt proved his mettle â€œto lead the state to greater heights, citing massive infrastructural development, strategic solutions to traffic gridlock as well as key interventions in various sectors in the State in the last 33 months.Â
â€œSince May 29, 2015, when you took the mantle of leadership, you have made it clear that you are out to deliver on all your campaign promises. Looking back today, we are very proud of your achievements and the renewed vigour which you have brought to the public service of Lagos State.
â€œWe particularly are proud of the infrastructure development that you have brought to the entire State in general and to our districts in particular. Your smart solutions in tackling the traffic and security challenges that initially faced your administration have become template for other states to copy.
â€œAlso, your strategic partnerships with Kebbi and Kano States have thrown more light to the capacity of Lagos State and the creative manager of man and resources which you are. We must also mention that through the course of the period which our country battled with an economic recession, you made sure that Lagos State remained well above the curve.
â€œYou also ensured that workers in Lagos State did not miss their salary for one day throughout that period and indeed throughout this administration. For this, we thank you for always placing the interest of Lagos residents first,â€ he said.
The letter, thus, said these reasons â€œformed the bedrock of the decision of the senators representing the Central, East and Western districts of Lagos State together with the political leadership of our various districts resulted in our visit today to convey our vote of confidence and endorsement for another well-deserved term for your administration.â€
Â Tinubu, who made personal comment after the collective endorsement, commended Ambode for turning every part of the State into a huge construction site and as well working to improve the lives of the common man.
Tinubu said: â€œAmbode has done well. There is no where you go to that you will not find development. Anyone that will say they have not come to me, all I will say is that they should be patient. It is going to go round.
â€œI want to congratulate you. I pray your next term in office will be better than this because they say that the glory of the latter house will be greater than the former. So, we pray that you will continue to take this State from glory to glory.â€
After accepting the letter of endorsement from the lawmakers, Ambode said he was humbled by the collective endorsement of the senators, assuring that he â€œwill definitely continue to give his best for the development of the state.
He added that the endorsement â€œis a sign that there is huge political stability in this state. I am humbled by the desire of the senators to resolve that I should continue with all the things I have already done for Lagosians.
â€œI want to say I am very proud of the three of them; they have done Lagos State very proud. They have been very active. I must also say that there is harmony and brotherhood in the political class in Lagos and we are proud of our senators.â€