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Lagos APC reps endorse Ambode for second term

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) Lagos caucus of the house of representatives has endorsed Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos state, for a second term.

The lawmakers, led by Femi Gbajabiamila, majority leader of the house, presented an endorsement letter to the governor in Ikeja, the state capital, on Saturday.

The APC caucus said the decision is due to Ambode’s “giant strides” since he assumed office.

Addressing journalists after meeting with the governor, Gbajabiamila said the lawmakers were proud to associate with the achievements of the governor.

“We all came into Lagos today to perform a very unique and sacred duty; something we did not take very lightly at all; something we deliberated over a couple of days ago and we spoke with one voice,” he said.

“Because of the giant strides of our amiable governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode in the last two and a half years in governing the state; because of the things he has done across board, across different sectors, we sat together and we decided without a dissenting voice to seek his audience and endorse him for re-election in 2019 as the governor of Lagos state.

“This is a very unique occasion because we have said all we need to say behind closed doors but they are worth repeating.”

He added that while there is usually a contradicting opinion in terms of endorsements, “among every single member (of the caucus), there was not one dissenting voice and I think that is very important”.

“So, we are here today as stakeholders across all the local governments and federal constituencies of the state to present a unique letter to our governor seeking for him to run again in 2019,” Gbajabiamila further said.

“We will give him unflinching support and have him re-elected overwhelmingly as Governor in 2019.”

Responding, Ambode said the endorsement would motivate him to do more for the people of the state.

He said: “I am more delighted that this word of encouragement by way of this letter is to inspire me further to continue to render service to the good people of Lagos.

“I want to thank you so much for the honour you have done me; I receive it with all humility and I pray that God gives us the grace to actually honour all the letters and the words in this message.”