Governor Babatunde Fashola today confirmed NewsConnect?s exclusive report that he has conceded defeat over the election of Mr. Akin Ambode as the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primaries in Lagos.
In a statement issued on Sunday by his media adviser, Hakeem Bello, Fashola asked Lagosians to vote Ambode in 2015.
Below is Fashola?s statement:


?Contrary to misrepresentations in some sections of the media, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, at two different fora at the weekend continued his sustained campaign for his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and urged Lagosians to vote for its governorship candidate, Mr. Akin Ambode, in order to sustain the programmes of the present administration.

?It would be recalled that at several public fora and media interviews preceding the APC Gubernatorial primaries in the State, Governor Fashola had reiterated his conviction that he would support any of the candidates produced by the party primaries adding that being product of the Lagos State Public Service system, any of the candidates who emerged would be able to carry on the task of sustaining the rapid development going on in the State since the return of democratic governance in 1999.

?Speaking at the Lagos Sea Food Festival 2014 at the Bar Beach, Victoria Island, Governor Fashola said supporting the new candidate and the party would also ensure that the state would continue to enjoy the good governance and high performance attributes of the Party which have been variously demonstrated in all the States under its control.

?Noting that the 2014 Annual Seafood Festival would mark his last as Governor of the State, the Governor declared, ?I urge you all to support the new APC Governorship Candidate; support him, support the party and make sure that the Festival continues?.

Here is NewsConnect report earlier this morning:

Exclusive: Fashola concedes defeat, congratulates Ambode
*Gov rejects senatorial offer

Governor Babatunde Fashola has conceded victory to his predecessor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, over the outcome of the Thursday December 4 governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Former Accountant General of Lagos State, Akinwumi Ambode, backed by Tinubu, emerged as the governorship candidate in the primaries against Fashola?s preferred candidate, Olasupo Shasore (SAN).

Tinubu and Fashola were absent at the primaries held at Onikan Stadium, Lagos.

The governorship primaries had been turned into a battle royale between Tinubu and Fashola.

But when the votes were counted, Tinubu?s candidate polled 3, 735 out of 5,724 valid votes cast while Fashola’s anointed candidate, Sashore, came a distance fifth with 121 votes.

NewsConnect gathered that Governor Fashola on Friday sent a text message to Tinubu congratulating him on the outcome of the primaries.
A source close to the former governor told NewsConnect that Tinubu replied Fashola by saying since he is not the candidate, the best person to congratulate is Ambode.

Impeccable source told NewsConnect that Governor Fashola also sent a text message to Ambode on Saturday morning congratulating him on his success at the primaries.

An aide of the governor simply told NewsConnect that Fashola has done the needful by congratulating him irrespective of the modus.
Tinubu had in a statement on Saturday affirmed that his relationship with his godson, Fashola, remains cordial irrespective of the outcome of the APC primaries.

He, however, admitted that ?conflicts and disagreements are part of every political process.?
Tinubu said: ?At my age and with my level of political experience, I am expected to seek for solutions, work for reconciliations and find a common ground where disagreements exist. That is what I have dedicated myself to in the larger interest of Lagos State and Nigeria at large. That is what Governor Babatunde Fashola and myself are about. That is what Lagos State deserves as Nigeria?s pacesetter in terms of democracy and development.?

Impeccable also told NewsConnect that Governor Fashola has rejected a senatorial slot offered him by the leadership of the party in the state.
At a meeting with Tinubu and other party leaders, the governor bluntly rejected the senatorial offer saying he has no interest in going to the Red Chamber of the National Assembly.

A source said that Fashola is being tipped to replace Senator Ganiyu Solomon for Lagos West in 2015.
It was also learnt that Ambode has been reaching out to other governorship aspirants that lost to him.

Ambode?s closest rival was Obafemi Hamzat who garnered 1,201 votes to come second. Senate Minority Whip, Senator Ganiyu Solomon and Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, polled ?272 and 182 votes to place third and fourth respectively.

Former Commissioner for Health, Dr. Leke Pitan, Fashola?s Special Adviser on Special Duties, Dr. Tola Kasali, scored 112 and 69 votes respectively.
The outcome of the primaries also show that Mr. Tayo Ayinde got 17 votes; Mr. Adekunle Disu secured nine votes while Mr. Tokunbo Wahab polled seven votes.
Three of the aspirants had no votes. They are: Hon. Lanre Ope, a former member of the State House of Assembly; Mrs Tobun-Adetokunbo Agbesanwa, Special Adviser to Governor Fashola on Environment, and Mr. Abayomi.



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