The Lagos state governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has debunked reports on social media and other media outlets alleging him to be in a rift with the incumbent governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
Media officer to Sanwo-Olu, Gboyega Akosile, said the relationship between the Governor-elect and Ambode is very cordial, and urged those attempting to bring discord among political leaders for selfish and personal gains to desist from such.
Daily Independent reported that the alleged feud between the incumbent governor and governor-elect had degenerated to a point where the duo does not answer or return each other’s calls.
According to the reports, the governor-elect had failed to visit Ambode and also failed to acknowledge his role in his acceptance speech after being declared the winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Akosile, in reaction to this, noted that though it was true that Sanwo-Olu was yet to personally visit Ambode since he was declared winner of the March 9 gubernatorial election, the two leaders are in constant communication, working on modalities for a smooth transition.
He said: “I can confirm to you that Sanwo-Olu and Governor Ambode are in constant touch with each other. What you need to know is that they are working quietly behind the scene to come up with a smooth transition.
“As we speak, they are talking majorly about the composition of the transition committee that will work on the seamless hand-over on May 29th this year. There is no rift of any sort between the Governor-Elect and the sitting Governor.
“At least I can speak authoritatively that the Governor-elect does not think about all that happened during the campaign period, rather his mind is fixed on the future of Lagos State. Mr. Sanwo-Olu’s thoughts are preoccupied with the daunting challenges that are ahead of him and how he will harness the available human and material resources to achieve his campaign promises of a greater Lagos for all’’, he said.
Akosile further assured that at the appropriate time, Lagosians will be privy to all that the two leaders are doing to achieve a seamless transition.
“Very soon, Lagosians will be availed the details of all the positive things that our leaders have been working on in the background. Don’t forget that campaign period is over, now is time for some serious work on how to move Lagos State from the point it is to where we all desire.’’