Federal lawmaker, Mr Babajimi Benson, has expressed appreciation to Ikorodu residents for re-electing him for the third term as the lawmaker representing Ikorodu at the Federal House of Representatives at the National Assembly.
INEC declared Babajimi Benson of All Progressives Congress (APC) the winner of Saturday’s National Assembly elections in the Ikorodu Federal Constituency of Lagos State.
Prof. Victor Ariole, the INEC returning officer for the Feb. 25 House of Representatives poll for Ikorodu Federal Constituency, declared the result on Sunday at INEC’s collation centre in Ikorodu at 2:45 pm on Sunday.
Ariole, said: “The election was contested and Benson of APC, having satisfied the requirements of the law is hereby declared the winner and returned elected.”
Benson polled 60,890 to defeat his close rival, Abdulkareem Shittu of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 15,966.
Speaking after the declaration, Benson commended leaders and members of his party for giving him the mandate and promised to ensure more dividend of democracy is brought to Ikorodu.
“I feel great, I give all thanks to God, I thank my family, my darling wife, I thank the leadership of the party, I thank Sen. Bola Tinubu for giving me this opportunity by introducing me to politics.
“I thank the very good people of Ikorodu for giving me this overwhelming mandate again.
“The traditional institution, they all stood by me, the journalist and the average person on the street, I am grateful and emotional for the endorsement,” he said.
According to him, Ikorodu has about 328,000 registered voters but less than 70,000 people voted which is 20 per cent.
He said that APC would ensure the number rises above 60,000 to about 100,000 during the governorship election with confidence that the APC would also run the presidential election.
“Once the governorship election is concluded, we will have an unbroken chain because Tinubu will triumph.
“Sen. Abiru and all Lagos State House Assembly members will win as I have won.
“In no time Ikorodu will witness don of a new era,” he said.