Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday congratulated the winner of Tuesday’s governorship primaries of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, saying it was time for the State to move forward in order to consolidate on the gains of the last three and half years.
In a statewide address on the outcome of the election, the Governor said though events of the last few days had been characterized with intense political activities which created palpable tension in the polity, but that the interest of the State superseded that of any personal ambition, and therefore urged members of the party and indeed all Lagosians to support the candidate of the party.
“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 supersede 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,” Governor Ambode said.
While assuring that he would work to ensure a smooth transition in 2019, the Governor said the progress of the State was non-negotiable, saying he would remain forever devoted to the development of the State as he had exemplified since assumption of office.
“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,” he said.
The Governor particularly thanked APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, leadership of the party and all Lagosians for the support extended to him, and urged the people to continue to support the party.
He said: “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 faithfuls 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.”