‘Distractions are over’ – Sanwo-Olu reacts to tribunal judgement affirming his election

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has reacted to the ruling of the governorship election petitions tribunal affirming his victory at the recently concluded poll.

In a statement on Tuesday morning, Sanwo-Olu welcomed the court’s decision and commended the judges for “a well thought-out and detailed judgement”.

The governor further extended a hand of fellowship to his opponents while seeking their collaboration for the good of the state.

The statement, seen by Politics Nigeria, reads in full:

“Yesterday the election petition tribunal dismissed emphatically two petitions against our government and unanimously reaffirmed our victory at the polls to the Glory of God and in service to the people

“Governance is about service, not distractions and this victory inspires us to redouble our efforts in delivering quality dividends of democracy to Lagosians.

“Our promise remains steadfast, the voices of Lagosians were heard loud and clear at the polls, resulting in our reaffirmed landslide victory.

“I commend the judiciary and the judges that delivered the well thought-out and detailed judgments. They took their time to explain to everyone the reasons that led them to the views and conclusion they gave. We thank the  judges for their firm commitment to principle of fairness and justice. I also thank Mr President as well as the leadership of our great party APC at the state and nationwide level for their role in the success of our re-election.

“Dr Babafemi Hamzat and I feel very privileged to have been elected to serve at this important moment in the history of our State. We thank all Lagosians for standing by us all through this journey. For us, this judgement is a victory for all. We are not coming out here to say somebody won or lost. For all of us on this political trajectory, there are no winners or losers.

“I will like to extend a hand of fellowship to my opponents in the election, I ask that you display a spirit of sportsmanship and accept the verdict of the tribunal in good faith.

“I invite you to join hands with us and channel your passion to causes that would take the State to the next phase of development. We are ready to sit with you and have conversations around what ways you can channel your ideas in the development of the State. Lagos is big and its challenges are real, while its opportunities are boundless.

“There is always room for everybody to contribute.”

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