Akinwunmi Ambode, All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Lagos state, has said that President Goodluck Jonathan deserved endless commendation for conceding defeat after the March 28 Presidential election.
Ambode made the remark on Tuesday in Ikeja while speaking with members of the state’s Medicine Dealers Association.
“Nigerians should be grateful to President Jonathan for his sportsmanship and unassuming gesture.
“He was magnanimous in defeat by congratulating the President-elect. We really need to thank him. Such gestures are good for democracy,” he said.
He said that Jonathan demonstrated ‘a very rare’ leadership virtue by conceding defeat to Gen. Muhammed Buhari and congratulating him on the latter’s victory at the poll.
According to him, such gesture is required of politicians to deepen the nation’s democracy and strengthen the electoral process.
The governorship candidate described the March 28 elections as “the most peaceful’’ in the history of the country so far, saying it was an indication that the country’s democracy was maturing.
He urged residents of Lagos state to replicate the victory his party recorded in the presidential election by voting massively for him.
He said that it would be to the advantage of the residents if the state is governed by the ruling political party at the centre.
Ambode promised that his administration would not discriminate against residents irrespective of their tribe, religion, social and political leanings.
“I will not discriminate against anybody if I am elected. Whether you are Igbo, Hausa or Ijaw, once you are a resident, you are a Lagosian.
“I will protect all interests and I will work for all Lagosians,’’he said.
Ambode described dealers of pharmaceutical products as strategic to the state’s wellbeing, saying he would protect and promote their businesses if elected.
“You are important to Lagos. If I am elected I will not increase your taxes.
“I will check incidences of multiple taxations. I will provide the needed environment for your businesses to flourish,” he said.