In a dramatic climax to the political jamboree that has engulfed Lagos chapter of the All Progressives Congress for the past 24 hours, the incumbent governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has finally conceded defeat and congratulated his rival and eventual winner of Tuesday’s APC gubernatorial primary, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The governor announced his decision in a state broadcast some minutes ago.
Ambode said the party’s will supersedes every personal interest, thus his decision to accept what the party wants.
He urged everyone to work together in ensuring Sanwo-Olu successfully becomes the next governor of Lagos state.
Read the full text of his speech below:
Fellow Lagosians, the last few days have witnessed intense political activities that have gripped the attention of the nation and created palpable tension in the polity. I strongly believe that the time has now come for the State to move forward in order that the gains of the last three and half years are not lost.
Dear Lagosians, APC is a great party and the interests of our beloved State must always supercede that of any person or group. It is in this regard that I wholeheartedly congratulate the winner of the Lagos State APC Primaries, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and urge all Lagosians to immediately support our party’s gubernatorial candidate in the 2019 elections and work for the success of our dear party.
As Governor, I will do everything possible to ensure a smooth transition in the remaining period of this administration and ultimately to the new Governor, come May 2019.
I, therefore, appeal to all our party members that we remain one family and unite behind the candidate of the party so that we can continue to move this state forward.
The progress of Lagos state is non-negotiable. It is a project that I have passionately worked for in the last three and a half years as your Governor and one to which I will forever be devoted.
I wish to use this opportunity to thank our national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and the leadership of our great party at state and national levels, all party faithful and all Lagosians.
I thank all Lagosians for their faith and trust in me. I urge you not to relent in your support for our party as we prepare for the General Elections.
Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko lo jewa loogun
God bless you all.