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05 Nov
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God prepared me to be next Lagos governor — Sanwo-Olu

A governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Lagos, Jide Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday said he had a strong conviction that God had prepared him to be the next governor of the state.

Mr Sanwo-Olu made the statement at Lagos City Hall while speaking at the formal launch of his governorship bid.

NAN reports that members of the National Assembly, council chairmen and other chieftains were at the declaration. A senator, Gbenga Ashafa; former minister, Ademola Seriki; and a federal lawmaker, Rotimi Agunsoye were among those present.

It was a carnival atmosphere at the well-attended declaration as party members danced and interrupted Mr Sanwo-Olu’s speech with the chants of “incoming,incoming !”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had on Monday declared his bid for re-election while a former Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Obafemi Hamzat, is also in the race for the APC governorship ticket.

Mr Sanwo-Olu said he believed God was moulding him to become the next governor of Lagos by making it possible to have an understanding of government through series of private and public service responsibilities.

“When I look at my experience in public service, I realised that God has prepared me for this moment .

“I believe that my contribution to the public service made it possible to be appointed as acting Commissioner for Economic Planning, then Commissioner for Commerce and Industry and later Commissioner for Establishment and Training.

“My public service career has crowned the glorious achievements of my journey to the private sector where I had worked in the financial industry.”he said.

He said his decision to contest the Lagos governorship was out of the need to sustain the vision of the past great leaders of the state.

Mr Sanwo-Olu praised the achievements of Mobolaji Johnson, Bola Tinubu and Babatunde Fashola, saying their strides as past governors contributed to the prosperity of Lagos.

He said he would sustain the great legacies and further reposition the state if elected as governor.

“If elected as the next governor, I shall immediately embark on full restoration of the glory of the state and make the people the cornerstone of government.

“I will restore the environment that has become the source of serious anxiety to Lagosians.

“I will relieve residents of Lagos State of the persistent gridlocks and hiccups that has made life nasty and brutish for all of us.

“Our government focal point shall be to provide the greatest good for the greatest number of people in Lagos State.

“I have invited all of you here to join me in this journey to take Lagos to new dimension by transforming the manifesto of our party to the programme of action

“I am sending a clarion call to all our members that there is a lot to be done to achieve a Lagos of our dream.

“And I present myself as a capable and competent and tested hands to make Lagos greater,” he said.

Mr Sanwo-Olu promised to carry party members along and stick to the ideology of the APC if elected.

 

He urged other residents to believe in his aspiration to take the state to greater heights.

(NAN)

 

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05 Nov
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14 facts you should know about Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos APC governorship candidate

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, after a breathtaking primary election on Tuesday, October 2, emerged the gubernatorial candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos state, defeating the incumbent governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, with a landslide margin.

Sanwo-Olu’s victory was imminent as he was clearly the choice of the national leader of the ruling party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and other party leaders in the state. However, apart from the fact that Sanwo-Olu was Tinubu’s preferred candidate, many do not know much about the man who is on the way to becoming the next Lagos state governor, if he wins the gubernatorial election in 2019.

Legit.ng in this piece provides 14 important facts about the APC governorship candidate in Lagos state.

Family

  1. Babajide Sanwo-Olu is 53-years-old. He is Christian and married to Dr. (Mrs) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, their marriage is blessed with four kids.

Education

  1. Sanwo-Olu is a graduate of the University of Lagos. He holds a B.Sc and an MBA in Surveying from the University of Lagos. He also attended the Kennedy School of Government, USA; the London Business School as well as the Lagos Business School (LBS).

Profession

  1. Sanwo-Olu is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) and a fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Training and Development (NITAD).
  2. He was a renowned banker before venturing into politics. Between 1994 and 1997, he served as treasurer at former Lead Merchant Bank Plc.
  3. Sanwo-Olu also served as head of foreign money market and deputy general manager at United Bank for Africa (UBA).
  4. He was also deputy general manager, Divisional Head, at First Inland Bank, Plc. (now First City Monument Bank).
  5. Sanwo-Olu was chairman of Baywatch Group Limited – a multifaceted company with interests in construction, property development and human capital development; First Class Group Limited, a cooling, power and maintenance solutions provider, among others.

Political appointment

  1. In 2003, then deputy governor, Femi Pedro appointed Sanwo-Olu as special adviser on corporate matters.
  2. He later became acting commissioner of economic planning and budget.
  3. In 2007, Tinubu appointed Sanwo-Olu as the special adviser (corporate matters) before becoming a substantive commissioner for establishment.
  4. Between 2007 and 2015, Sanwo-Olu served as Babatunde Fashola’s commissioner for establishments, training and pensions.
  5. Sanwo-Olu is currently the managing director/CEO of the Lagos State Development and Property Corporation (LSDPC)

Awards/Social life

  1. Sanwo-Olu has won several awards, which include the symbol of excellence award from the Civic Enlightenment Association of Nigeria, a gold mentor award from the National Association of Nigeria Nurses & Midwives (NANNM), a platinum award from the Lagos State Public Service Club and the 2009 best in human capital development award from the Industrial Training Fund (ITF).
  2. Sanwo-Olu is a member of the Ikoyi Club, the Island Club, as well as the Clear Essence Health Club.

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05 Nov
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Why opposition parties endorsed Sanwo-Olu — CPP

THE  Coalition of Progressives Political Parties, CPPP, has said that there is no line of demarcation between it and the Lagos State All progressives Congress, APC, candidate, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and hence its endorsement of his 2019 aspiration.

This came as the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Lagos State, yesterday, described the APC governorship candidate, Mr. Sanwo-Olu as a bad market that cannot appeal to Lagosians even if he “buys political parties beyond the registered ones in the country.”

Leader of the coalition, Otunba Aderemi Fatukasi, said: “The next 50 years of the state must cut a path to create a framework for leaders that are not only visionary, but also inspirational with a passion for development.”

Another chieftain of the coalition, Akinola Obadia, said: “This is historic. It has never happened before in Lagos State. forty five of 58 opposition parties in the state are supporting the APC candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. The coast is clear for him to win next year’s election.”

Speaking at the endorsement ceremony, Sanwo-Olu, who was accompanied by his running mate, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat promised to appoint a Senior Special Assistant, SSA, to serve as a link between his government and the parties, if elected as governor.

Sanwo-Olu no match for us, says Lagos PDP

Reacting to the endorsement, the Lagos PDP said the hurried and controversial emergence of the APC candidate is “an indelible political albatross.”

In a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Mr Taofik Gani said: “Indeed the emergence is tainted with desperation to have someone as governor who will rather fund the APC leaders. Lagosians will not forget that this is the Lagos APC reason for dropping Governor Akinwumi Ambode. To us, the consequence of the Sanwo-Olu imposition is the terminal acrimony, defections and anti party in the Lagos APC, which we shall duly capitalise on to end the reign of APC in Lagos State.”

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05 Nov
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Photos: Sanwo-Olu at Igbo in Lagos

The Igbo in Lagos, on Saturday celebrated the Igbo Cultural Day at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos. The colourful event had virtually all masquerades in Igbo land on parade.

 

Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Lagos chapter, Chief Everest Ozonweke said the event was to show the best of Igbo culture and get Igbos in Lagos to unite. Lagos State Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Jide Sanwo-Olu was at the event to celebrate with the Igbo. Below are some one of the masquerades that entertained guests at the event.

Lagos State Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr Jide Sanwo-Olu celebrating the Igbo cultural day at the National Stadium with Engr Joe Igbokwe and other Igbo leaders on Saturday, November 3, 2018 The Nmanwu masquerades at the Igbo Cultural day celebration at the National Stadium, Lagos on Saturday November 3, 2018 The Nmanwu masquerades at the Igbo Cultural day celebration at the National Stadium, Lagos on Saturday November 3, 2018

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11 Oct
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APC candidate picks Hamzat as running mate for 2019 Lagos governorship election

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the candidate of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC), has picked former commissioner, Babafemi Hamzat, as his running mate for the Lagos governorship election in 2019.
A source in the candidate’s camp confirmed to Pulse on Monday that he has decided on Hamzat as his running mate and will make an official announcement soon.

Hamzat, a former Lagos Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, was one of the major contenders for the APC’s governorship ticket before he stepped down for Sanwo-Olu.
When he stepped down, he said it was borne out of the greater good for Lagos than the benefit of an individual.

“Having been part and parcel of the formulation and execution of various policies and programmes that transformed Lagos right from former governors Tinubu and Babatunde Fashola’s administrations, I strongly believe that Sanwo-Olu is equally rooted to fly our party’s flag in the 2019 elections.

“I have no doubt that he is well placed and equipped to take Lagos to greater height, hence my stepping down for him,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu went on to defeat incumbent governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, in the party’s primary election and will battle Jimi Agbaje of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at next year’s polls.

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11 Oct
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04 Oct
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BABAJIDE SANWO-OLU ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu, victor of the just concluded governorship primary for the All progressive congress (APC), held in Lagos yesterday, across the 245 wards and 20 local governments in the state, has come out to appreciate and thank everyone who supported his campaign from the onset to the finish of governorship primary.

He thanked the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for providing the platform for him to run, as he described Tinubu as a ” political landscape”.

He also thanked the party’s National Chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, the National Working Committee (NWC) for letting true democracy reflect in the just concluded Lagos Primary. He also thanked the GAC, members of the Lagos state House of Assembly, Lagosians and all stake holders.

As a good show of sportsmanship, he also thanked his opponent, the Lagos state governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode for putting up a good fight and wishing him well in the remainder of his tenure.

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04 Oct
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I’ll not take your fatherly role for granted, Sanwo-Olu tells Tinubu

The winner of the Lagos All Progressives Congress primary, Mr.Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said that he will not take the Nationa Leaders of the party Asiwaju Bola Tinubu fatherly role for granted

Mr. Sanwo-Olu in his acceptance speech also thanked the Almighty God and the people of the state saying ‘first I need to thank the Almighty God who has kept all of us, Lagosians, Nigerians, up until this very moment; all glory, honour and adoration goes to the Almighty God.’

In his speech, Sanwo-Olu said: Fellow Nigerians, I want to thank us, thank all of you for the numerous support I have received from everyone, I should seize this opportunity thank everyone. But first I need to thank the Almighty God who has kept all of us, Lagosians, Nigerians, up until this very moment; all glory, honour and adoration goes to the Almighty God.

I think it’s appropriate I thank our national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who has provided the platform for all of us, so many of us that have looked up to him, the fatherly role, a political landscape that one cannot take for granted.

I want to also use this opportunity to thank the national chairman of our great party, the All Progressives Congress, His Excellency Adams Oshiomhole and the national working committee for giving us tremendous support, for encouraging us and for letting true democracy reflect, for sustaining this direct primary and for letting it be the true test of what it should be.

In Lagos state, I think it is appropriate to thank the entire leadership of our party from the GAC, our numerous fathers, our uncles who have held on to this journey, who has demonstrated leadership to the highest level, who have demonstrated impeccable integrity at all levels, I think I owe them deep level of appreciation, I thank you.

I want to thank the entire structure that we have in APC, from our national assembly members, distinguished senators from Lagos state, members of the house of representative, especially the majority leader and his entire team, the speaker and members of the Lagos state house of assembly. I want to thank all the 57 chairmen and all our 57 local government areas. I want to thank all our ward chairmen, our councillors.

He also thanked Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of the state, wishing him all the best during the remaining part of his tenure. Ambode lost the ticket to Sanwo-Olu who polled 970,851 votes while he had 72,901 votes. Sanwo-Olu promised to run an inclusive government.

I think it’s also important to thank the executive governor of Lagos state, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode for a good fight. I wish him the best in the remainder of his tenure, he said.

Lagosians, I think with what you have done for me, I cannot take you for granted, I cannot take this mandate and this confidence for granted, I’ll cherish it for the rest of my life but more importantly, like I’ve always said, I’ll remain committed, I’ll keep an inclusive government, I’ll be responsible, integrity will not run far from me and I will not do things that in any form would make you to begin to doubt my capacity or capability.

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04 Oct
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I won’t take mandate for granted, says Sanwoolu

Ambode concedes defeat as panel announces result

Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate Babajide Sanwo-Olu has promised not to take the mandate given to him for granted.

Sanwo-Olu won the primary on Tuesday with 970,851 votes. His opponent, incumbent Governor Akinwunmi Ambode  scored 72,901 votes.

Ambode accepted defeat and promised to cooperate with the candidate through the transition period.

Sanwo-Olu, whose victory in the direct primary shadow poll was validated yesterday by the Electoral panel led by former Cross River State Governor Clement Ebri, said: “Lagosians, I think with what you have done for me, I cannot take you for granted, I cannot take this mandate and this confidence for granted, I’ll cherish it for the rest of my life but more importantly, like I’ve always said, I’ll remain committed, I’ll keep an inclusive government, I’ll be responsible, integrity will not run far from me and I will not do things that in any form would make you to begin to doubt my capacity or capability.”

The political tension that gripped state in the last one week subsided yesterday, with Ambode’s conceding defeat in the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election held on Tuesday.

The Clement Ebri-led panel assigned to supervise the shadow poll failed initially to acknowledge the result.

But yesterday’s ratification of the result and the acceptance of defeat by the governor dissipated the cloudy atmosphere.

The APC candidate, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, pleaded for support and congratulated party members for the successful election.

In a broadcast, Ambode said: “The last few days have witnessed intense political activities that have gripped the attention of the nation and created palpable tension in the polity. I strongly believe that the time has now come for the state to move forward in order that the gains of the last three and half years are not lost.

”APC is a great party and the interests of our beloved state must always supercede that of any person or group. It is in this regard that I wholeheartedly congratulate the winner of the Lagos State APC primaries, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.”

”As Governor, I will do everything possible to ensure a smooth transition in the remaining period of this administration and ultimately to the new Governor, come May 2019.

”I therefore appeal to all our party members that we remain one family and unite behind the candidate of the party, so that we can continue to move this state forward.

”The progress of Lagos State is non-negotiable. It is a project that I have passionately worked for in the last three and half years as your Governor and one to which I will forever be devoted.”

The governor thanked APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and the party’s leadership at state and national levels as well as all party faithful and all Lagosians.

There was jubilation yesterday in Lagos State APC, following the declaration of former Commissioner Babajide Sanwo-Olu as winner of Tuesday’s direct primary.

Thanking party members for trooping out to participate in the exercise, the chairman of the party, Tunde Balogun, maintained that the conduct of the primary followed laid down regulations and due process.

The supervisors of the primary, former Cross River State Governor Clement Ebri, and other committee members, retraced their steps yesterday, after initially dismissing the primary as a ruse.

Around noon, Ebri announced the result and affirmed Sanwo-Olu as the governorship candidate for next year’s election after resolving what he described as the “hiccups”.

Announcing the results, Ebri said: “The Lagos State All Progressives (APC) Governorship Primary was contested by two aspirants, namely: Governor Akinwunmi Ambiode and Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

“After resolving some of the hiccups, the Lagos APC Governorship Primary Committee collated the results from the 245 wards in the 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs) from collating officers.

“At the end of the exercise, these are the votes scored by the aspirants: Governor Akinwunmi Ambode 72,901 and Babajide Sanwo-Olu 970,851.

“Following these results, I, Clement Ebri, the Chairman of the Lagos State APC Governorship Primary Committee, hereby declare Bbajide Sanwo-Olu as the winner.”

Balogun told reporters at the APC secretariat that “the poll was conducted and concluded with the signing of the results by His Excellency, Clement Ebri. The poll took place across the 345 wards in 20 councils. I thank Lagosians and APC members for voting for the two aspirants. The election was free and fair.

“I thank the members of our party for their peaceful conduct. There was no single case of violence. APC continues to be the leading party in Nigeria and it is a model.

“The results were declared by the committee, led by Clement Ebri, duly signed by Clement Ebri. Babajide Sanwo-Olu is now the candidate of the APC in Lagos. “

Balogun attributed the earlier stand of the committee to what he called communication problem, adding that the challenge was mutually resolved.

He stressed: “There was communicatiob break up. The election was peaceful. It was conducted according to guidelines. The results were not initially honoured for no reason. Many of our party leaders viewed the exercise on television. They saw the crowd and discovered that it was a free and fair election. “

The Babajide Olusola Sanwo-olu Campaign Organisation (BOSCO) yesterday thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, party faithful and others who contributed to the victory of the APC candidate.

A statement by Olusesan Daini, Director Media and Publicity, BOSCO, said “BOSCO wishes to expresses our gratitude to all our faithful members for the loyalty, commitments and determination to our great party by participating in the direct gubernatorial primary election in Lagos State on the 2nd of October 2018. In the same vein, we also like to appreciate the overwhelming moral support received from non members of our great party during the exercise.”

He also acknowledged the gallantry displayed by the security agencies, the cooperation of the press and exhibition of close observation by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during the just concluded direct primary of the party.

“Most importantly, we are grateful to members of the Lagos state chapter of our great party who voted for Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu en-masse during the gubernatorial primary election  making him emerge as the  flag-bearer of our great party for the general election in 2019.We urge our entire members to remain focused and work assiduously towards the general election in 2019,” he said.

The APC is one untied family and we must keep the spirit in Lagos.

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04 Oct
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7 Things to know about the man who could become the next Governor of Lagos

Here are 7 quick facts to note about Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the man who is being readied by the powers that be as the next Governor of Lagos.

When Babajide Sanwo-Olu showed up at the national headquarters of the APC to pick up his governorship nomination form, he said he “is a fully grown man with loads of experience”.

It has been rumoured that Sanwo-Olu is the preferred candidate of the powers that be in Lagosand that he is only months away from being crowned Governor of Lagos.

Here are 7 things you should know about Sanwo-Olu:

1. Babajide Sanwo-Olu is 53 years of age.

2. Sanwo-Olu was a renown banker before politics and a life in public office came calling.

Between 1994 and 1997, he served as Treasurer at former Lead Merchant Bank Plc.

Sanwo-Olu was also Head, Foreign Money market and Deputy General Manager at United Bank for Africa (UBA).

Sanwo-Olu was also Deputy General Manager, Divisional Head, at First Inland Bank, Plc (now First City Monument Bank).

3. Sanwo-Olu was Chairman of Baywatch Group Limited– a multifaceted company with interests in construction, property development and human capital development; First Class Group Limited, a cooling, power and maintenance solutions provider, among others.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu picks his APC governorship nomination form (TheCable)

4. Sanwo-Olu is a graduate of the University of Lagos. He holds a B.Sc and an MBA in Surveying from the University of Lagos.

Sanwo-Olu attended the Kennedy School of Government, USA; the London Business School as well as the Lagos Business School (LBS).

5. In 2003, then Deputy Governor, Femi Pedro appointed Sanwo-olu his Special Adviser on Corporate Matters.

Sanwo-Olu would later become acting Commissioner, Economic Planning and Budget.

In 2007, as the Tinubu era wound to a close, Sanwo-Olu was appointed Commissioner for Commerce and Industry.

Between 2007 and 2015, Sanwo-Olu served as Babatunde Fashola’s Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions.

6. Sanwo-Olu is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) and fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Training and Development (NITAD).

He has won several awards, which include the symbol of excellence award from the Civic Enlightenment Association of Nigeria, a gold mentor award from the National Association of Nigeria Nurses & Midwives (NANNM), a platinum award from the Lagos State Public Service Club and the 2009 best in human capital development award from the Industrial Training Fund (ITF).

7. Sanwo-Olu is married with children.

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