Sanwo-Olu Calls For Peace During APC Congresses, Primaries

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, speaks at an event on December 7, 2021.

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has appealed to leaders and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner during the forthcoming primary elections and congresses of the party in the State.

He also appealed to them to abide by the tenets of the ruling party during the primary elections as well as the elections of local government, and state and national delegates.

Governor Sanwo-Olu made the statement during the Lagos APC Stakeholders’ meeting held at the party’s secretariat in Acme Road, Ogba on Tuesday.

He said it is the responsibility of party members to live, work and dream in the tenets of the party as APC conducts its congresses across the state on Wednesday and therefore urged the party’s faithful to conduct themselves in an orderly manner and comply with the party’s guidelines.

In his address, the leader of the Governance Advisory Council (GAC), the apex leadership body of Lagos APC, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, charged party members to work hard for the ruling party to retain Lagos during next year’s elections.

He also advised the party members to ensure that people with integrity are elected during APC congresses and primaries, adding that they must discourage saboteurs from being elected as delegates and party candidates during the APC primaries and 2023 polls respectively.

Also speaking, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, appealed to APC members to support, work and abide by any decision made to ensure the party’s success in order for it to continue to reign.

He appealed to the party members to sacrifice where necessary for the common interest and the progress of the ruling party, especially in the interest of the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who is running for the 2023 presidency.

Speaking earlier, Lagos State APC Chairman, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi, said the business of forthcoming congress and primary elections of the party should not be seen as a do-or-die affair by the delegates.

He said they should see both the congress and the primaries as a contest.

Pastor Ojelabi while imploring party members to use internal mechanism to resolve conflicts, said no local government chairman or party chairman at the council level had a right to write a letter to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for redress on any issue without first exploring the internal conflict resolution of the party.

Lagos APC chairman also encouraged party leaders and members to show commitment and passion toward the ongoing continuous voters’ registration by encouraging people to register for their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) before the June 30 deadline.

The stakeholder’s meeting was attended by Governor Sanwo-Olu, his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; GAC members, Lagos APC executives, members of the Lagos State Executive Council, members of the National Assembly and Lagos State House of Assembly, Conference 57 and party’s chairmen from 20 local governments and state’s technical support committee, among others.

2023: Tinubu Endorses Sanwo-Olu, Hamzat For Second Term

This screengrab from a video taken on May 6, 2022, shows Mr Tinubu holding up the hands of Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his Deputy Femi Hamzat.
This screengrab from a video taken on May 6, 2022, shows Mr Tinubu holding up the hands of Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his Deputy Femi Hamzat.

 

Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has endorsed Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy Femi Hamzat for a second term.

Mr Tinubu held up both men’s hand after a Lagos APC stakeholders meeting held at the Adeyemi Bero in the Alausa area of the State.

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There had been speculations that Mr Sanwo-Olu wasn’t guaranteed a second term ticket of the party.

But Mr Tinubu’s endorsement may have put paid to such rumours.

Mr Tinubu, who is also vying to fly the APC’s flags in the upcoming presidential elections is a former Lagos State Governor and popularly believed to be the state’s ultimate political godfather.

Labour Day: Sanwo-Olu Urges Workers To Remain Productive

FILE: Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, speaks at an event on December 7, 2021.

 

As workers across the world celebrate International Workers’ Day, the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has urged Nigerian workers, especially public and private workers in the state to remain productive and committed to carrying out their duties.

Governor Sanwo-Olu in a statement issued on Saturday by his spokesperson, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, in commemoration of the Year 2022 International Workers’ Day, described workers as the lifeblood of the economy.

He commended all the workers in the state for their patience, strength, passion and commitment to the development of Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole, urging them not to relent in their positive contributions to the economy.

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“Happy Workers’ Day to all our committed and hardworking workers in the public and private sectors,” Sanwo-Olu said. “We appreciate your contributions; they are indeed the lifeblood of our economy because without the contributions of the workers, no government can achieve its dream.

“Nigerian workers are the fabric that makes up the society as a result of their tireless contributions to the socio-economic development of the country. We appreciate all workers, both in the public and private sectors for their patience, strength and commitment to the growth and development of our dear Lagos State and Nigeria.

“As we join the rest of the world today, to celebrate International Workers’ Day, I implore all workers, especially those in Lagos State to remain productive and committed to duty. We must all join hands together to take Lagos to greater heights in line with our administration’s Greater Lagos agenda.

”As a government, we will continue to make the welfare of workers our priority and ensure that we play our role in creating a good working environment for workers in the state. I congratulate all our workers on the 2022 International Workers’ Day,” says Governor Sanwo-Olu.”

2023: Sanwo-Olu Picks APC Nomination Form For Second Term

FILE: Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, speaks at an event on December 7, 2021.

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has picked his All Progressives Congress’ nomination form to contest for re-election in 2023.

The form was picked on behalf of the Governor by Hon. James Faleke in Abuja on Friday.

Mr Sanwo-Olu is seeking another four years in office that will expire in 2027.

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His re-election efforts are expected to be unchallenged within the APC.

The Governance Advisory Council (GAC), the highest decision-making body of the APC in Lagos, has reportedly endorsed Mr Sanwo-Olu.

2023 Elections: GAC Endorses Sanwo-Olu For Second Term, Says Spokesman

A file photo of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at a press briefing.

 

The Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) in Lagos State has endorsed Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for another term in office.

GAC – the highest decision-making body of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, gave the endorsement on Monday, said Mr Gboyega Akosile.

Akosile who is the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Sanwo-Olu explained in a social media post that the council took the decision at a meeting held in the state.

 

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This comes amid speculations that GAC had ignored Governor Sanwo-Olu and endorsed another candidate for the 2023 governorship election in Lagos.

Dismissing the rumour, the council said it never settled for any person to replace the governor ahead of the polls.

In January, Governor Sanwo-Olu had during an interview with Channels Television said the people of Lagos were aware of what they would miss if his administration was denied a second term.

Although he did not expressly state if he would seek re-election at the time, the governor stated that the people would decide if his administration would be given another term or not.

“I think we are doing a very good job,” the governor had rated his administration during an interview on Sunrise Daily. “If I dare say so, I think that the citizens know what it is they will be missing if they don’t let us continue to wrap up all the things we are doing.

“As we speak, we have done about two-thirds of our term – about 65.7 per cent, because we count it every day. The field is not open yet; the race has not been declared open yet. But for me, it is about ensuring that these four years that I have promised my citizens, I put every bit of my sweat into it.

“I will ask, I will consult; citizens, how do you see it? …. that’s how you get it down. Keep your focus on, try and finish very strong. You know when it is time for us to do all the politicking, we will do it.”

Young People Are Determined To Work For Tinubu’s Presidential Ambition – Sanwo-Olu

 

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Saturday said youths in the South-West region have shown determination in campaigning for Bola Tinubu as President in 2023.

He made the remark after attending a rally at the Mobalaji Johnson Arena in Onikan, Lagos.

Mr Tinubu, a former Governor of the State, was present at the rally.

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“I joined young people from the SW States at Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan in their support for the presidential aspiration of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu,” Governor Sanwo-Olu said.

“In company of Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat, and other leaders of our great party in Lagos and other SW states, we saw the determination and energy of our young people to work for the success of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s aspiration that is only motivated by a higher purpose of service to the people of this great country.

“Our Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is buoyed by the support he has so far received by the youths and he’s determined to take the mantle of leadership of Nigeria by the grace of God and the will of the people for a better, prosperous and united Nigeria.”

Easter: Sanwo-Olu Felicitates Christians, Preaches Harmony

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, speaks at an event on December 7, 2021.

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has felicitated Christians on the commemoration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, urging them to emulate his virtues of humility, perseverance and compassion.

Sanwo-Olu in a statement on Friday through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, implored Nigerians, especially Christians to use the occasion to seek the face of God for continuous peace in Lagos State and end insurgency and other insecurity challenges in Nigeria.

He also asked the Christian faithful in the state to continue to live in peace and harmony with believers in other faiths, noting that good neighbourliness, selflessness and patience were among the several lessons taught and exemplified by Jesus.

“I wish all Lagosians and Christians across the country and other parts of the world, Happy Easter as we celebrate God’s greatest sacrifice to mankind. Events leading to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ were epochal in the annals of Christianity and humanity. They remind us of his virtues of sacrifice, love, harmony and peaceful coexistence among humanity,” the governor was quoted as saying.

“As Christians, this period offers us an opportunity to rethink our relationships as individuals, as communities and as a nation. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ typify love, affection and tolerance. It also marked the end of evil and the beginning of good deeds. I want to urge us to emulate the virtues of Jesus Christ by positively impacting the lives of friends, colleagues, associates, neighbours and family members.

“As we celebrate this year’s Easter, I want to urge Christian faithful in the State to continue to pray for continuous peace in our dear State, Lagos and end to insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, insurgency and other insecurity challenges in Nigeria.”

‘No Going Back On Eviction Order,’ Sanwo-Olu Tells Apongbon Traders

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu during visit to Apongbon market, Lagos Island on Monday, March 28, 2022.

 

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Monday told traders with stores located around Apongbon bridge that there is no going back on the eviction order issued to them by the government.

Governor Sanwo-Olu during an on-the-spot assessment of the bridge said the traders need to vacate the location so that extensive clearing can be done and the bridge needs to be repaired.

He explained that the seven-day eviction notice given to the traders will elapse on Wednesday and no one is expected to remain under the bridge by then.

“We have issued a seven-day notice to all illegal occupants under the bridge. The destruction of the bridge by the fire is very extreme and unfortunate. This is a clear testimony of how public assets should not be used.

“I want to reiterate that the notice is still on. So, Wednesday is the deadline for anybody that has anything around the bridge. We are going to now start extensive clearing of the place. It is after this that structural engineers will commence work.

“It is unfortunate. The traders refused to take care of public assets. Everything happening under the bridge is totally unacceptable. Between the last two years and now, we have had eight fire incidents around our various bridges,” Sanwo-Olu said.

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He urged traders and citizens to ensure their daily activities do not cause damage to government facilities. He added that traders also need to make use of proper markets to sell.

The governor also assured them that plans will be put in place to rehabilitate the traders.

“I will work with the special adviser CBD and local government chairmen and see how we can bring forward representatives from the market and see how we can relocate them.

“We will do everything to ensure that normalcy is restored as soon as possible,” the governor said.

The governor’s visit to the bridge comes a few days after the popular Apongbon market was gutted by fire. Although no life was lost in the fire outbreak, motorists heading toward Lagos Island were held up in grueling gridlock and the bridge was destroyed in the fire.

Governor Sanwo-Olu visited the scene alongside his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat and other dignitaries in the state.

2023: Unite For Tinubu’s Presidential Ambition, Sanwo-Olu Tells APC Leaders

A photo combination of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, and Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has called on leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to unite to actualise the ambition of the party’s National Leader, Bola Tinubu.

Tinubu had after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on January 10, formally declared his intention to run for the country’s president in 2023.

A month later, Sanwo-Olu appealed to APC leaders and members to work together to ensure that the former Lagos State Governor succeeds President Buhari in 2023. He made the appeal while on a working visit to Amuwo-Odofin Local Government Area and Oriade Local Council Development Area (LCDA) on Wednesday.

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“We have a lot to be proud of in Lagos. We have a lot to make bragging right both at the state and also at the national level. We should see that sacrifice of our National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will certainly not go in vain and that is why I am encouraging everyone that the journey we have started at ensuring that we have Asiwaju (Tinubu) representing us at the center is on the right course,” Sanwo-Olu said.

The governor also asked APC members and Lagos residents, especially the people of Amuwo-Odofin Local Government and Oriade LCDA to participate in the ongoing voters’ registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) for them to exercise their civic responsibilities in the 2023 general elections.

He added, “I want to urge all traditional leaders to work with the government at local and state levels. We should work together for development in our communities. I want to encourage all other ethnic nationals – the Ndigbo Community, South-South Community and Arewa Community. I want to thank all of you for the unity, peace and progress that is enshrined in this community but I want more.

“I want us to continue to live in tolerance, peace and harmony because it is only when we do this that more community development will come to this locality and community. So, I am going to extract that from you today, that whatever misgivings that you might have among yourselves, make sure we can resolve the issues and we can enshrine a more mutually beneficial rewarding relationship among all of us.”

Sanwo-Olu Stops Convoy For Two Out-Of-School Girls, Offers Scholarship

 

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday briefly halted his convoy to interact with two underage girls on an errand for a bean cake vendor during school hours.

This is according to a statement signed by the Governor’s spokesperson, Gboyega Akosile.

According to the statement, the girls – Amarachi Chinedu, 9, and Suwebat Husseini, 12 – were forced to skip school by their parents in order to serve some domestic assistance around Anthony Village area.

The statement added that Suwebat’s mother is the bean cake seller for whom the girls were running an errand. Her parents, who are Jigawa State indigenes, relocated to Lagos months back. Suwebat’s four male siblings were all in school at the time she was stopped on the road by the Governor. But her parents preferred she stayed back home to help with some domestic chores.

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“This morning, I had a first-hand experience of what many vulnerable children might be going through in our society,” the Governor said.

“I saw something that made my heart bleed on my way to this function. I saw two little girls – ages 9 and 12 – carrying buckets on their heads to grind pepper at 11am when they were supposed to be in school. I stopped immediately, having seen how vulnerable they are and the risk we are putting them through.

“My encounter with them gave me the opportunity to hear their stories and I have taken it upon myself to ensure that these girls never suffer such fate again. I am not going to leave them alone. Amarachi and Suwebat will go back to school. This is a classic example of what we need to do differently as a society. It is needless to ask what brought their parents to Lagos. We must ensure they are not robbed of their future.

“These two girls will be under my care and that of the First Lady. There are several Amarachi and several Suwebat out there, who will not have this kind of opportunity. Everyone of us can take the same decision and listen to stories of kids who may be vulnerable. If we choose to take up this responsibility as a people and give a voice to the vulnerable, we all can make a difference. There is no better kindness to be done to mankind than giving them a lifetime opportunity.”

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu halted his convoy on February 3, 2022 in Lagos to speak two out-of-school girls.
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu halted his convoy on February 3, 2022 in Lagos to speak two out-of-school girls.

 

Sanwo-Olu advised parents not to break their backs in order to send their wards to expensive schools, noting that there are many Government-run basic and secondary schools in Lagos doing better in imparting quality education than many private schools.

The Governor said his encounter with the girls brought the need to bolster Government’s support to public schools and raise the standards.

“If as a parent you cannot afford to put your children in private school, know that there are public schools that are doing great things,” he said. “Why would a parent deny a nine-year-old girl an access to education? Yes, we are doing so much in education, but the story of these two little girls shows that there are more to be done.

“Amarachi and Suwebat didn’t ask to be in the circumstance they found themselves in, but it is our responsibility to be able to give them the future they deserve; the opportunity that will make them better children to their family and better citizens of this country.”

The Governor called for partnership with development agencies, urging intervention bodies, such as SWIP Initiative, to join hands with the Government to ensure all vulnerable persons in Lagos, including children of school age, get adequate attention needed for their care.

Re-Election: Lagosians Know What They’ll Be Missing If We Don’t Continue, Says Sanwo-Olu

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday said the people of the state are aware of what they will miss if his administration is denied a second term.

Although he did not expressly state if he will seek re-election in 2023, the governor believes it is left for the people to decide if his administration deserves another term or not.

“I think we are doing a very good job,” the governor rated his administration during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily. “If I dare say so, I think that the citizens know what it is they will be missing if they don’t let us continue to wrap up all the things we are doing.”

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, speaks during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on January 28, 2022.

 

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He added, “As we speak, we have done about two-thirds of our time – about 65.7 per cent, because we count it every day. The field is not open yet; the race has not been declared open yet. But for me, it is about ensuring that these four years that I have promised my citizens, I put every bit of my sweat into it.

“I will ask, I will consult; citizens, how do you see it? …. that’s how you get it down. Keep your focus on, try and finish very strong. You know when it is time for us to do all the politicking, we will do it.”

A photo released by the Lagos State government on January 19, 2022, shows the two newly acquired trains.

 

Governor Sanwo-Olu also spoke about the efforts being made by his administration to address the gridlock on Lagos roads.

Following the purchase of two new sets of 10 cars Talgo 330kmph trains for its red line rail project, he revealed that the coaches would be on track by the fourth quarter of the year.

According to the governor, the terminal stations will be ready by the set target but transporting passengers may commence next year.

He attributed the possible delay to proper testing of the trains and training of workers, to ensure the safety of passengers.

VIDEO: Lagos Train Tickets To Cost N200 – N300 Per Trip, Says Sanwo-Olu


 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has assured residents of affordable and accessible train rides ahead of the completion of the red line rail project of the government.

He gave the assurance on Friday during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily while highlighting his administration’s efforts to tackle the gridlock on roads across the state.

“We believe that the cost will come down significantly for the citizens (residents),” said the governor. It is not going to be in thousands, … certainly, it is nothing close to that. So, you will still be in your regular N200, N300 per journey and that is what we are looking at.”

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, speaks during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on January 28, 2022.

 

“I do not think that they will be breaking their banks. I assure you it will be very affordable and accessible … the fare structure will be (determined by) where you are joining and hopping off, but typically it will not be more than what you are running on your regular BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) lines today.

“For it to be accessible, affordability is really critical for people to want to make it a better option. Yes, you can say now it is quicker, instead of you staying one hour on the road, it is going to take you 20 minutes, 25 minutes,” the governor added.

 

A photo released by the Lagos State government on January 19, 2022, shows the two newly acquired trains.

 

On Wednesday last week, the state government announced that it had acquired two new sets of 10 cars Talgo 330kmph trains for its Red Line rail project, as part of efforts to improve traffic management and transportation.

The governor completed the acquisition deal of the two new speed trains on January 18 at an event held inside the Milwaukee facilities of Spanish train manufacturer, Talgo Incorporated in the United States.

He had informed the audience at the event that the trains would be heading to Lagos for the 37km track rail project expected to have 11 stations and be the first operational metro system in West Africa when completed.