Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State, on Wednesday played down reports of rift with the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.
Addressing party faithful in Epe during the election of delegates for the presidential primary election and national convention of the party, Ambode said the reports indicating a fight between him and Tinubu are out of place.
"I want you to know that there is no fight anywhere. The National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and my good self, we are not in any fight; we are not in any controversy,” he said.
"We are praying to God that the best is yet to come and the best will be what Lagos State deserves and I want you to just continue with your prayers that at this time, God will show His hand and make sure that everything that is of blessing to Lagos State and also blessing of Epe will come to pass.”
According to a statement by Habib Haruna, his Chief Press Secretary, Ambode specifically commended all the leaders and party faithful who contributed to the success of the delegates' election in Epe, saying APC remains the party to beat in Lagos and Nigeria.
"We have just concluded our eelegates'e election in Epe Local Government and by consensus, we have picked our three delegates who will be going to the National Convention come October 6 for the presidential direct primaries and the convention for all other people,” he was quoted as saying.
"I want to say a very big thank you to all our delegates who are present here; I want to say a big thank you to all our leaders who have also supported us to make sure that this event has come and is done very successfully.
"I want to reiterate once again that our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), remains the party to beat; we are the party at the national level and we are going to remain the party in the state.”
At the event, held at the APC secretariat in Aiyetoro, Epe, Alhaji Shakiru Seriki (Bamu), Otunba Bode Alausa and Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, the Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, were elected as national delegates from Epe division, which comprises one Local Government Area (Epe) and two Local Council Development Areas (Eredo and Ikosi-Ejirin).