Obafemi Hamzat has withdrawn from the Lagos state governorship race, a day to his party’s primary election.
AN24 understands that Hamzat was a governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party.
While announcing his withdrawal during a press conference on Saturday, Hamzat directed his supporters to vote for Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the party’s primary on Sunday.
Hamzat said he was stepping down for Sanwo-Olu because he can vouch for his personal integrity and intelligence.
His words: “I’ve resolved to step down and source resources together with my brother and friend, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. So, all my supporters are hereby directed to vote tomorrow for Mr Sanwo-Olu to emerge as the governorship candidate of the APC in Lagos,” he said.
“Apart from the fact that I can vouch for his personal integrity and intelligence, Mr Sanwo-Olu is someone I’ve had close interaction with over the years.
“We are both fortunate to have worked closely with the present vice-president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, getting the wise counsel of those I consider to be political fathers and mothers.”
Sanwo-Olu, a former banker, is seen as the major challenger of Akinwunmi Ambode, the incumbent governor of the state.
Sanwo-Olu is believed to have the backing of Mandate Movement, a group loyal to Bola Tinubu, chieftain of the APC.