Lagos - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday in Lagos issued certificates of return to 29 newly elected political office holders in the Governorship and National Assembly elections.
Among the 29 candidates were 24 House of Reps-Elect, three Senators-Elect the Governor-Elect and the Deputy Governor-Elect.
INEC is yet to fix a date for the issuance of Certificate of Returns to House of Assembly Members-Elect.
In his remark at the occasion, Professor Akinola Salau, INEC National Commissioner for Lagos, Ondo and Osun States, commended those who lost the elections for their sportsmanship.
"In democracy, there must be winners and losers," he said.
He said that the 2015 general elections had been adjudged the most free, fair and credible ever conducted by the commission.
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Salau promised that the commission would improve on its shortcomings in the next elections.
"We want to appreciate the roles played by all stakeholders, political parties, religious leaders and traditional rulers among others," he said.
Earlier, Akin Orebiyii the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Lagos state, expressed joy that the elections were successful and hitch-free in the state.
He noted that the elections witnessed a departure from what the nation used to know especially in the use of devises.
He urged the winners to be magnanimous in victory and reminded aggrieved candidates to seek redress at the tribunals rather than resort to violence.
Lagos State governor-elect, Akinwumi Ambode of the APC, said that the prosperity of the state in the next four years would be his priority.
"Now we know we are formally aligned with the centre. From this moment, we will start reaping the fruits of our labour," he said.