- Agbaje concedes defeat
By Segun James
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday congratulated the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his running mate, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat as well as the 40 House of Assembly candidates of the party for their resounding victory at the polls on Saturday.
This is coming as the governor-elect yesterday dedicated his victory as Governor of Lagos state to the people even as his closest opponent in the race, Mr. Jimi Agbaje yesterday called him to wish him well, having accepted defeat.
Sanwo-Olu who was full of praises to the APC party leadership including President Muhammadu Buhari, the national leader of he party, Bola Tinubu, the party chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and the party faithful, promised a greater Lagos even as he told hundreds of members of the party who throng the party Secretariat at Acme Road, Ikeja where he made his acceptance speech that working for a better Lagos starts immediately.
Speaking earlier, the APC state chairman, Chief Tunde Balogun thanked Lagosians for making Sanwo-Olu the 16th governor of the state
Meanwhile, Ambode yesterday congratulated Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat as well as the 40 House of Assembly candidates of the party for their resounding victory at the polls on Saturday.
Sanwo-Olu was declared winner of the election and Governor-elect of Lagos by the Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the State, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, having polled a total of 739,445votes to defeat his closest challenger and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Jimi Agbaje who got 206,141votes.
Ambode, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, said the feat was a reward for the vigorous campaign embarked upon by the APC candidate and his running mate across the length and breadth of the State.
“Lagosians have spoken loud and clear with their votes and have overwhelmingly voted for a government they believe will continue the trajectory of growth that we have experienced in the last 20 years under the APC.
“It is therefore with great pleasure that I congratulate our great party for a resounding victory yesterday. Again, the people of Lagos have decided to stay on the path of infrastructural drive, economic growth and all round development.
“While I congratulate the Governor-Elect, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat on their well-deserved victory, let me also thank all Lagosians for keeping faith with the APC,” Governor Ambode said.
Ambode also congratulated all the 40 candidates of the APC in the State Assembly elections for emerging victorious, adding that it would ensure a seamless relationship between the executive and the legislative arms of government.