Lagos state governor Akinwunmi Ambode has pledged his loyalty to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), shaming those who predicted that he will dump the party.
He sent a clear message on Tuesday that he would lead a strong campaign to ensure victory for President Muhammadu Buhari.
He also pledged his support for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The governor made the remarks on Tuesday at the Presidential Wing of the Muritala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos.
He spoke to reporters shortly after he accompanied President Buhari to perform the official commissioning of the new Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Border Post at Seme-Krake in Badagry.
“Just to also use this opportunity to let Lagosians (Lagos residents) know that we are heavily committed to the re-election of Mr President and you can see that his continuous visit to Lagos reiterates the fact that he is actually a lover of Lagos State and I am committed to ensuring his re-election,” said Governor Ambode.
“I have just accompanied Mr President to the Nigerian-Benin Border Post. So, what we have commissioned today is a joint Border Patrol post between Nigeria and the Republic of Benin and it is called Semo-Krake Border Post.”
According to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Habib Aruna, the governor stated the importance for the APC to retain its leadership positions both at the Federal and the state levels.
“We are going to campaign heavily for him (Buhari),” he reiterated. “I am also committed to ensuring that the APC wins the governorship election come 2019.”
Ambode added, “We support the candidacy of Babajide Sanwo-Olu and we would make sure that APC retains Lagos State and the centre.”
Earlier, the governor received the President at the airport before they proceeded to Seme where President Buhari joined his Republic of Benin counterpart, Patrice Talon, to inaugurate the Border Post.
The Seme-Krake joint border, one of the busiest boundary lines not only in West Africa but the whole continent, records a huge movement of persons, goods and services daily,
With the inauguration, the border post is expected to enhance the free movement of persons and goods in the region and foster integration between the people of Nigeria and Benin.