Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, during a live television broadcast yesterday afternoon, finally accepted defeat and agreed to a smooth transition.
He said: ”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 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.”
Also, Sanwo-Olu thanked Tinubu, whom he said provided the platform, the party’s National Chairman, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, who reportedly played a decisive role in turning Ebri round and the party grassroots.
“I want to thank the entire structure that we have in APC, from our National Assembly members, distinguished senators from Lagos State, members of the House of Representatives, especially the majority leader and his entire team, the Speaker and members of the Lagos State House of Assembly. I want to thank all the 57 chairmen and all our 57 local government areas. I want to thank all our ward chairmen, our councillors.”
“I think it’s also important to thank the executive governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode for a good fight. I wish him the best in the remainder of his tenure.”