The incumbent Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has disowned a statement circulating on social media that he has withdrawn from the 2019 governorship race.
In a telephone discussion with Charles Igbinidu, the publisher of ionigeria.com, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ambode, Mr. Habib Haruna said, “the statement is false and from the pit of hell. It is being circulated by people who are desperate. Please disregard any statement or press release that is not from me”.
In the statement purportedly signed by Ambode himself, the governor said: “I Akinwunmi Ambode the executive governor of Lagos state after due considerations and consultations, I have decided to suspend my campaign for second term as the executive governor of our great state.
“This is done in good faith to put the interests of our great state ahead of our personal ambition and to honour the clarion call for a change of leadership by our great party.
“I am committed to the program and manifestos of our great party APC to improve the lives of the people of Lagos state and Nigeria as a whole.
“In view of this, I hereby endorse Hon Jide Sanwolu to represent our party for the office of the executive governor of Lagos state.
“I thank the leadership of our party at all levels for their supportive role during my term as the executive governor of Lagos state.
God bless Lagos state.
Executive Governor of Lagos State.