On Friday, October 24, 2014, Akinwunmi Ambode formally declared his intention to contest in the 2015 gubernatorial election in Lagos State under the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC.
At a colourful declaration ceremony held at the Onikan Stadium, Lagos, the former Lagos civil servant said he is offering himself to the service of Lagos State as a public officer because of an inherent self-belief of his qualities to pilot the affairs of the state.
Ambode declared that if elected, he will ensure everyone is carried along in his government. He further disclosed he will make Lagos a better place with the support of the electorates. He vowed to create wealth and jobs in the state.
In his words, “We will work to create opportunities for all and offer selfless service. As we proceed we will leave no one behind. What our great party stands for is change, positive change. We will create wealth. We will create new jobs. We will challenge ourselves to make Lagos a better place. We will take Lagos to the next level. We are going to do it together.”
Ambode further promised to take care of the widows, the physically challenged and others in Lagos, stressing that he has the political will to move Lagos forward.
“Everybody counts. The aged, widows, artisans, students, children, the physically challenged, professionals, we all have a part to play. For corporate Lagos, Lagos is open for business, even for greater business.”
“We have the political will to move Lagos to the next level. We are going to face our challenges by ourselves. Nobody is going to do that for us. With our collective will, we will overcome them,” added Ambode.
At Friday’s declaration, several Lagosians filled the stadium, while Wasiu Alabi Pasuma, Olamide and MI took turn to entertain the crowd.