Lagos State Governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has been declared the winner of Saturday’s governorship election in the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
INEC declared Sanwo-Olu’s victory in the early hours of Monday, March 20, saying he polled 762,134 votes against his main opponents, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour of the Labour Party, who received 312,329 votes, and Olajide ‘Jandor’ Adediran of the PDP, who scored 62,449 votes.
The State’s INEC Returning Officer, Adenike Oladiji, who announced the results, stated that Sanwo-Olu received 25% of the total votes cast and the most votes in the race.
Shortly after INEC’s announcement, Sanwo-Olu remarked in his acceptance speech that Lagosians have made their opinions known.
He said, “To all of our fellow contestants, we want to salute you for participating in the democratic process, but Lagosians have spoken and have spoken well. They have spoken loud.
“Please remember that we’re extending a hand of fellowship to you, no victor, no vanquished. In the true spirit of sportsmanship, if you indeed believe that you want to serve this state, you have an opportunity with us and we will open our doors to listen and to give you a space in this government.
“During this campaign, unfortunately, we have seen very divisive rhetoric which is not a definition of who we are.
“So, Lagosians, we need to come together and further rebuild the capacity, the competence, and the experience that we have in this city. Religion should not divide us, ethnicity will not divide us. Lagos will come out bigger, stronger, and better.”