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The out- going Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Tuesday, officially handed over to the Governor-elect, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, ahead of his inauguration today as the atmosphere at the Lagos State House, Alausa, Ikeja, was filled with excitement.
Shortly after the handing over at the Government House, Alausa, the governor-elect told newsmen that it “was a very private formal hand over.”
The governor-elect was accompanied by his running-mate in the election, Dr Obafemi Hamzat. This came as the Alliance for Democracy, AD, and its governorship candidate, Chief Owolabi Salis at an Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ikeja lost their bid to stop the swearing-in of Mr. Sanwo-Olu, as the Executive Governor of Lagos State today.
Ambode handed over the administration to Sanwo-Olu, symbolically, to the admiration of those in attendance. Man allegedly steals N7,300 property, gets N100,000 bail(Opens in a new browser tab) Earlier, in a broadcast to the people of the state Ambode expressed gratitude to those who contributed immensely to the development of the state.
In his farewell address, he said: “For this administration, policies, programmes and projects aimed at lifting more of our people out of poverty and making every part of the State safe, accessible and economically viable were always the priority; the driving force behind all our decisions and plans.
“A few of our policies might have been unpopular but these were decisions taken with the best interest of our State in mind. With the benefit of hindsight, maybe we could have done some things differently but our intention was always clear, for the good of Lagos.
“It has been a remarkable journey which has had a lasting impact in my life and I want to thank all Lagosians for the experience of these last four years.”