The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Jimi Agbaje, who was defeated by Akin Ambode of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the April 11 governorship poll in Lagos state, has thanked Lagosians, his supporters, donors and volunteers.
Agbaje who came second in the poll, argued that “not minding the outcome of the elections, I can guarantee that your contribution to this campaign has helped expand the wider narrative of democracy and good governance in Lagos. You can hold your heads high knowing that you have all done a great job as citizens of this great state and country”.
Read his speech below
That I know that a lot has been said following the declaration by INEC on the governorship election for our great state Lagos State. As you may already have heard, I have since called Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode to congratulate him and wish him well.
It would be unfair, however, not to stop by here to thank all of YOU who came on this platform, invested your time and energy to support our cause.
To my fellow Lagosians, especially those who stood by our campaign every step of the way, I want to thank you. The passion that you have brought into this democratic process and your participation have not been in vain. On the contrary, because you have made your voices heard in this election, in the final analysis, win or lose, our dear state will be the better for it.
To my team – my friends, my supporters, donors and volunteers, your extraordinary work over the last 4-months gave us more than a fighting chance. Your intellect, passion and motivation kept the engines running. I sincerely thank you, for all the long hours, sleepless nights and immense sacrifice that you have all made towards this cause. Not minding the outcome of the elections, I can guarantee that your contribution to this campaign has helped expand the wider narrative of democracy and good governance in Lagos. You can hold your heads high knowing that you have all done a great job as citizens of this great state and country.
To my family and my wife, Biola, I couldn’t have done this without you. Your prayers, perseverance and words of wisdom were ever so priceless during this campaign. Thank you for tolerating my crazy schedules and intense routine.
I believe in Lagos. I believe in the people of Lagos. Elections come and go – sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. But through it all, democracy teaches us that we can agree to disagree without necessary compromising our stand, or values or the very principles that make us unique. For Lagos, we must keep on pushing for a government that does not only work for a few elite but for the greater good of our people. We have an obligation to ensure that Lagos continues to be inclusive and that our development must have a human face. This is what I committed to when I decided to run and this is worth fighting for.
Although this election is over, our work as citizens must continue. Each and every one of us has a duty to ensure that our government continues to be transparent and accountable. Only then do we really reap the rewards of our democracy.
As always feel free to drop a message or two here and I’ll try to keep up my engagement as time permits. It is my greatest honor to have competed in this race and interacted with so many of you in the course of this campaign. May God almighty continue to bless the people of Lagos. And may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Thank you.