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LAGOS: Sanwo-Olu reveals next step after victory at polls



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Governor Sanwo-Olu seeks inclusive governance with other contestants.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos State, has offered a hand of friendship to the other candidates in the recently held governorship election.

Earlier, Sanwo-Olu was named the victor of the Lagos governorship race by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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Sanwo-Olu received 762134 votes overall, beating out his nearest competitors, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour of the Labour Party (LP), who received 312329 votes, and Dr. Olajide Adediran of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who received 62449 votes.

After winning the election, the governor addressed his rivals and thanked them for fostering a competitive political environment in the state.


He also condemned the issue of ethnicity raised by some individuals during the electoral process, maintaining that governance should be about competence and capacity.

He said, “To all my fellow contestants, I salute your participation in this democratic process, and your contribution to creating a truly competitive political space in our dear State. Please remember that there is no victor, no vanquished, in the true spirit of sportsmanship.

“During the course of the campaign, we sadly saw a lot of divisive rhetoric used. There were those who tried to make these elections about ethnicity and religion, when in fact they should only have been about capacity, competence and experience.

“We saw hateful and hurtful ethnic profiling by fellow citizens – which is totally out of place for us as Lagosians, the proud residents of West Africa’s pre-eminent melting pot.

“I want to recognize and salute all of the multitudes of Lagosians who refused to succumb to those who sought and still seek to divide us with their unguarded and inciting comments.”