The governor of Lagos state Akinwunmi Ambode has accepted his loss of the governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party.

Governor Ambode, who conceded defeat on Wednesday afternoon, promised to work for a smooth transition.

The governor lost the 2019 ticket of the ruling party in the state to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, a former commissioner.

In the election held on Tuesday, Sanwo-Olu polled 970,851 votes while Ambode scored 72,901 votes.

The election winner was declared by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party led by Clement Ebri.

Sanwo-Olu was backed by influential party leaders in the state, including Bola Tinubu, a former governor of the state and national leader of the APC.

Speaking for this first time after his loss, Ambode congratulated Sanwo-Olu for winning the exercise and also thanked party members and the party.

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