Akinwunmi Ambode has conceded defeat in the Lagos State governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress.
In a broadcast on state television at about 3:30 p.m., Mr Ambode congratulated Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his challenger for the party’s ticket with whom he had been locked in a fierce contest in recent weeks.
“The interest of our beloved state must always supersede that of any person or group,” Mr Ambode said. “It is in this regard, that I wholeheartedly congratulate the winner of Lagos State APC primaries, 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 smooth transition of this administration and to the new governor come May 2019,” he added.
Mr Ambode had criticised the primaries held on Tuesday across the state, with both him and his loyalists alleging disenfranchisement, violence and other electoral malpractices.