Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State conceded victory to his opponent, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu in the gubernatorial primaries held on Tuesday in Lagos.
Ambode, in a televised broadcast on the Lagos Television (LTV) on Wednesday urged people of Lagos to support Sanwo-Olu as the ruling party’s candidate in the 2019 election.
He remarked that the interests of the state must always supersede that of any person or group.
“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.
“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.
“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 to 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,” the governor said.
He thanked APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, leadership of the party at state and national levels including 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 Election.”
By our correspondent