The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigeria’s electoral umpire, has presented certificates of return to the governor-elect of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his running mate, Obafemi Hamzat.
AN24 reports that the duo received their certificates at a ceremony at the commission’s office in Yaba, Lagos, on Friday.
Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat were accompanied to the carnival-like event by their wives, associates, family members and All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders, including Tunde Balogun, the party chairman in Lagos, Tajudeen Olusi, a key APC member from Lagos Island and Musiliu Obanikoro, former minister of state for defence.
INEC national commissioner in charge of Lagos, Ondo and Ogun states, Adekunle Ogunmola, presented the certificate to Sanwo-Olu at exactly 11:30 am, charging the governor-elect to be magnanimous in victory.
Ogunmola charged Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat to pursue reconciliation and close ranks with their opponents, reminding them that tolerance of opposition remains a key foundation of constitutional democracy.