On Wednesday, Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, addressed a press conference, where he conceded defeat and congratulated Jide Sanwo-Olu, his opponent in the state’s All Progressives Congress governorship primary election that held on Tuesday.
Since Ambode’s broadcast, Nigerians on social media have been reacting. While some Twitter users commended the governor for his calm approach, some wondered how the matter degenerated thus far and others wondered how he would sell the APC governorship candidate to Lagosians, considering the things he had said about it.
On Sunday, during another conference, Ambode had alleged that Sanwo-Olu was once arrested in the US for spending fake dollars in a nightclub. He also claimed Sanwo-Olu had been rehabilitated at the Gbagada General Hospital. He said that these allegations made him unfit to govern the state.
See some reactions:
A lot of leadership lessons to be learned from this Governor Ambode matter. I hope everyone reflects accordingly 🙌🏾 #Humility
— Aishetu Fatima Dozie (@afdozie) October 3, 2018
Governor Ambode is not a failure… if he runs under another party,i would definitely consider voting for him
— Femi Factor (@iamfemifactor) October 3, 2018
I pray and wish God did a miracle and make Ambode the Governor of Lagos State come 2019, I will like to see where Dr Idiat Adebule, Governor Ambode’s Deputy who badly betrayed him will hide her face. “Eyele ba onile je, ba onile mu” but left him in his days of troubles.
— OONI OF ABUJA 🔴 (@Deji_OoniAbj) October 3, 2018
How a sitting Governor lost a party primary with an Underwhelming minority vote remains rather puzzling.
Governor Ambode lost the APC primaries to BabaJide Sanwo-OLU in what may be seen as a controversial primaries.
The real Question is what does Lagos state hv against Ambode? pic.twitter.com/xBtCbtylcs
— AURACOOL (@TWEETORACLE) October 3, 2018
So Governor Ambode has finally accepted defeat. Congratulated Sanwo-olu and says APC is a great party.
Issorite. So How will he now convince Lagosians to vote and support a man he said was mental patient and was spending fake dollars?
— ıfý™ (@nnekei) October 3, 2018
Governor Ambode is a coward!
— Thεό Abu Gbasky (@Shalomttheo) October 3, 2018
I’m just curious as to how Governor Ambode is going to Campaign with Sanwo-Olu and Convince us to Vote for someone that was Spending Fake Dollars and isn’t mentally stable
— Damilare.E.Lawal (@DamilareELawal) October 3, 2018
What this Governor Ambode congratulatory speech to Babajide Sanwo-Olu means is; At the end of the day, godfatherism will always prevail over everything.
— WunderKid (@Wunderkid__) October 3, 2018
I congratulate @AkinwunmiAmbode for this bold statement… I love and will always cherish u. Ur govt is for the poor masses not for the politician that is y they dont want ur 2nd term. Ur impact in Lasgidi will remain forever. Governor Ambode u are my hero!
— Badru Adeniran (@SimplyBadru) October 3, 2018
We need more people like Governor Ambode in Nigeria… He has actually accepted defeat and endorsed Babajide Sanwo-Olu
Nice move 👏 pic.twitter.com/hvsRwcMsdw
— MistaBolu 🇳🇬 (@mistabolu) October 3, 2018
Governor Ambode you earned my respect sir
— Sunnah Addict (@Alidinar2) October 3, 2018
Many are concerned how Governor Ambode will campaign for the same Babajide Sanwo-olu he attacked during a press conference.
The life we live is transient and the spoils of war aren’t worth keeping.
He’ll work and wholeheartedly support the APC.
— #WeWillBeOkOneDay (@adahfact) October 3, 2018
I congratulate GOVERNOR AKINWUNMI AMBODE for knowing when to accept reality by conceding to his main opponent BABAJIDE SANWO-OLU and would encourage him to work harder on completing some of the great projects he has started… There are brighter days ahead…
— Dele Momodu Ovation (@DeleMomodu) October 3, 2018
Congratulations to Governor Ambode. You have done your part, Lagosians will not forget your (good) legacies. I hope Babajide Sanwo-Olu will continue from where you stopped and not stall or undo your good projects. Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, well done. This is the end of the road.
— Adédiwúrà Adéríbigbé (@diwuramedia) October 3, 2018
So Governor Ambode finally concedes defeat, congratulates the winner of the APC primaries, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and is also ready to work with him,ok so he’s now going to campaign for the fake dollar spender and someone that he said isnt ‘mentally fit’ to govern us,i seeeee
— TOLUWALASE (FCA) (@firstclassjerry) October 3, 2018