After losing the Lagos All Progressives Party gubernatorial ticket, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has conceded defeat.
In a press conference, Ambode called Lagosians to support Babajide Sanwoolu, his opponent at the just concluded primary election.
“In the last few days, there has been palpable tension in Lagos state but I strongly believe that the time has come for the state to move forward so that our progress in the last three and the half years are not erased,” he said.
“Dear Lagosians, APC is a great party and the interest of our beloved state must clearly supersede that of any individuals. It is in this regard that I wholeheartedly congratulate the winner of Lagos state APC primary, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.”
The ruling party in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, the All Progressives Congress (APC) earlier today declared Babajide Sanwoolu as the governorship candidate of the party for the 2019 gubernatorial election.
The APC party is the ruling party in Lagos, the country’s economic capital with over 25 million people.
At an open ballot direct primary election that was conducted across over 300 wards of the party, Babajide Sanwoolu polled a total of 970, 851 votes versus 72,901 polled by the incumbent governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.
The primary election is seen as a historic one with many firsts. A political analyst who spoke to PageOne.ng’s Political Desk said the APC Party in Lagos was the first to opt for the direct primaries and the party will also be the first to vote out and deny an incumbent a second four-year term.
There have been varied reasons why Ambode, the incumbent lost out to a new candidate from his party. Apart from his reported alienation of his party members from his government, he was also criticized for infrastructural breakdown, poor waste management system as well as deviating from the Lagos master plan.