Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has heaped praises on the party’s election monitoring team sent to oversee Tuesday’s primary elections.
Ambode, who was on hand to receive the team led by Clement Ebri said it is the best monitoring team for an election in the country.
He added that he will accept defeat in a credible process and charged the team to create a level playing ground for aspirants.
“This is a very star-studded election team, they are distinguished Nigerians in their individual and collective rights,” he said.
“There can’t be any better collection of a team to any state election monitoring in this country than the distinguished personalities brought to Lagos and it only shows us the importance that the national chairman of our great party attaches to what is happening in Lagos.
“I must tell you that what you have taken up, may look like a political assignment, but history is on your side that at this very moment in the annals of this history of this country, today marking our 58th Independence anniversary celebration, you are being called upon to discharge a selfless service that would determine the future of this country and the greatness of this particular state.
“I receive this election team as being acceptable and credible to me enough to discharge their civic responsibility to the best of their abilities and to also to say that whatever it is that is the outcome of the primaries, your presence has also shown that this will be credible and this will be acceptable by me.”
Ambode recalled that he had gone through the same process alongside 12 other aspirants to emerge as governorship candidate of the APC in 2014.
“So it’s very clear to me, all I seek is credible primaries, transparent primaries and level playing ground that we will all be proud of at the end of the day for the outcome,” he said.
“There were issues that we have raised that we are also trying to correct. The bottom line is this, we are family, we must not go into the elections divided because this is the very first time that our party is controlling the centre and also the state, that is what I want us to continue.
“The issues that I raise have been put in form of a letter which I would pass to their chairman and I believe the committee will look into it judiciously and also I welcome the stakeholders meeting which will allow you feel the pulse of what is going on in the state.”
Ambode will be going head to head against Jide Sanwo-Olu in Tuesday’s primary election to decide who will be representing the APC in the 2019 Governorship election.