Sanwo-Olu retains Lagos gov seat, promises to unite Lagosians

RE-ELECTED Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has promised not to tolerate political, tribal or religious coloration in his second term administration, saying he would rather enthrone the spirit of solidarity and oneness among Lagosians.

Sanwo-Olu made the promise at the Lagos House Marina, while giving a victory speech for his re-election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on Monday, March 20 declared Sanwo-Olu winner of the governorship poll.

He polled 762,134 valid votes to defeat his closest rival, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour of the Labour Party (LP), who got 312,329 votes.

The ICIR reports that there were pockets of suppression, ethnic discrimination, political thuggery, and physical attacks on voters, electoral staff and security personnel during the election.

However, the re-elected governor said, “Now that the elections are over, we must reaffirm the spirit of solidarity and togetherness that binds us as Lagosians.

“As I said in my final pre-election address, we have a lot of work to do in working and moving past the divisive rhetoric that has shaped the course of this election cycle.

“Lagos is what it is today because of each and every one of you, regardless of ethnicity, religion, political affiliation, gender or age.

“We saw hateful and hurtful ethnic profiling by fellow citizens – which is totally out of place for us as Lagosians, the proud residents of West Africa’s pre-eminent melting pot.”



    The governor stressed that what united all as residents of the state was far more important and substantial than whatever differences existed among all, adding that the true Lagos spirit remained a welcoming, embracing, liberal one, and not divisive or exclusionary.

    “In the days and weeks and months ahead, we will continue to do everything to demonstrate and amplify this,” he said.

    While admitting that there were skirmishes in some local government areas where some citizens were reported to have been injured, Sanwo-Olu said, “We strongly condemn these reprehensible incidents – that is definitely not who we are as a people.

    “The relevant law enforcement and security agencies have been directed to investigate these breaches of the law, and to ensure that those found culpable face the full wrath of the law.”

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