As APC Presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu urges Lagos residents to remain peaceful and avoid any action that may lead to disorder, he also declares his acceptance of the outcome of the presidential election, regardless of the result. This follows his defeat to the Labour Party candidate, Peter Obi, who secured 575,524 votes across the state’s 20 local government areas, including Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Amuwo-Odofin, Eti-Osa, Ikeja, Kosofe, Oshodi-Isolo, Somolu, Ojo, and Alimosho.
In contrast, Tinubu received 573,001 votes from Agege, Apapa, Badagry, Epe, Ibeju-Lekki, Ifako-Ijaiye, Ikorodu, Mushin, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, and Surulere. However, despite winning two more local governments than the LP candidate, he lost the election to Obi by a margin of 2,523 votes, as reported by The PUNCH.
The outcome was a significant disappointment for many APC supporters in Lagos, who had expected an early victory for the former Lagos State governor. However, in a statement released on Monday in Abuja by the APC Director of Media and Publicity, Bayo Onanuga, Tinubu appealed for calm and orderliness among the state’s residents.
Tinubu stated that the results of the election in Lagos, where the Labour Party won the presidential election, should not incite violence. He added that the beauty of democracy is that people have the right to vote for the candidate of their choice.
As a democrat, Tinubu affirmed that he is obligated to accept the outcome of any election, regardless of whether it is favorable or not. He also condemned any acts of violence against people of any ethnic group in Lagos and expressed serious concern over reported attacks on some Igbo traders in parts of the state.
Tinubu emphasized the importance of maintaining peace and decorum, stating that “as a democrat, you win some, you lose some. We must allow the process to continue unhindered across the country while we maintain peace and decorum.”