Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, has said that he is ready to participate in the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primaries of Lagos State slated to hold this Saturday.
The governor’s statement on Wednesday came despite his alleged rejection by a leader of the party and former governor of the state, Bola Tinubu, who is said to have anointed Babajide Sanwo-Olu to be the next governor of the state.
Ambode said in the statement, which he issued through the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, that “As our great party approaches Saturday, September 29th, 2018, earmarked for the direct primary election to choose the candidate to fly our party’s gubernatorial flag at the next general election, I am happy to restate my commitment to participate in that process having procured and submitted my nomination form and having formally declared my intention to seek a second term to continue on the path of unprecedented growth and development that our State has witnessed since 2015”.
According to the statement, the embattled governor expressed his profound gratitude to Tinubu; party elders and executives; GAC members; all APC members and every Lagosian “whose support, understanding and prayers have assisted me in no small measures in being used as an instrument through which our State has redefined the concept of greatness”.
Ambode, who is seeking for a second term in office added that in seeking re-election, he has been approaching the founding fathers and teeming members of the party with a “grateful heart, open arms and a pledge to open and deeper attention to the concerns of this one, big family”.
He called the party faithful to come out en masse and vote peacefully in all the 20 Local Governments and 245 wards where the election will take place.
Ambode will be battling for the APC ticket with Sanwo-Olu, and Obafemi Hamzat.
By Ebere Ndukwu…
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