Lagos State Gov, Sanwo-Olu Turns 58

The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu is 58, today, June 25.

The governor took to his verified Twitter handle to appreciate God for the gift of life.

He also thanked his family for their unflinching support of his career.

The tweet said, “It’s my birthday, and I am filled with gratitude to God for the gift of life. I want to take this moment to express my heartfelt appreciation to everyone who has been a part of my journey.

“Firstly, I want to thank my amazing wife and family. Your love, support, and unwavering belief in me have been my pillars of strength. I am blessed to have you by my side as we navigate this incredible journey together.”

The governor who came into power in October 2018 after succeeding former governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, further reiterated his commitment and desire to continue t steer the affairs of the state in the right direction.

“I am also thankful to acknowledge the zeal and passion that drives me to serve Lagos diligently. Every decision I make, every policy I implement, and every initiative I undertake is fueled by my dedication to the progress and well-being of every Lagosian”.

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Subsidy: Be Patient, Strike Won’t Solve Anything

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has pleaded with the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC not to embark on a strike over the removal of fuel subsidy.

Recall that the NLC on Friday, June 2, issued a five-day ultimatum to the federal government to revert to the old price of petrol or face a nationwide protest.

Sanwo-Olu who addressed reporters on Sunday, June 4, after a post-inauguration church thanksgiving service, appealed to the labour leaders to join hands with the present administration in its commitment to turn the economy of the country around.

He said;

“We are thankful that Mr President is a product of Lagos. We will pray for him and everything that he stands for. We believe he will replicate all the good things he has done in Lagos in our country, Nigeria.

“I want to wish and plead with our citizens even as NLC has said to us that they want to go on strike. It is not the time for a strike. During the campaign trail, everyone of our presidential candidates did say that the first thing they are going to do is to remove the subsidy.

“So, what has changed? What has the current president said or what has he done that is different from what any of the other aspirants said they would do?

“We need to be very patient. He (President Tinubu) has not even done a week. So let us talk to ourselves and say that we shouldn’t turn it political. Let us wait and support this man. He has not done a week on the job. Let him go and reflect and at the sub-national level, we are willing to support him.

“The point is no industrial strike will solve anything at this point, it will certainly not bring an end to the issue. The point will be how are we going to ensure that there is a turnaround in our economy.

“He has mentioned something about a better wage. We have started that in Lagos. We started it in January; so other parts of the country can also do the same. We don’t need to wait for the national government. We just need to reflect on what the challenges are in our country and let us solve the problem.

“I want to plead with the Nigeria Labour Congress. It shouldn’t turn into a political thing because we have begun to see that. The leadership should know that they are leading a pack of people and they need to restrain themselves. Let us be patient. Let us work around it. NNPC has said that there is more than enough petrol.”

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Governor Sanwo-Olu Hosts Arsenal Superstar, Saka In Lagos, Receives Signed Jersey (Photos)

The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, recently hosted Bukayo Saka, the Arsenal winger.

Sanwo-Olu hosted Saka who is currently in Lagos state on vacation.

The Gunners winger arrived in Nigeria a few days ago after a bitter-sweet season with his club in England.

In viral footage, the 21-year-old could be seen in white caftan and sneakers taking a walk on the streets of Lagos with a couple of orderlies, while fans chanted “Up Gunners”.

On Saturday, Sanwo-Olu received Saka, who he described as “my favourite Arsenal player,” at the state house in Marina.

The governor, who is also an Arsenal fan, expressed excitement at meeting the England international.

Sanwo-Olu said he is proud of Arsenal’s “inspiring run in the Premier League with such a young team.”

The governor also shared photos of the visit on Twitter while disclosing that Saka presented a signed Arsenal jersey to him.

“Exciting day at the State House, Marina today as I had the pleasure of hosting my favorite Arsenal player, Star Boy Bukayo Saka,” Sanwo-Olu wrote.

“I also enjoyed receiving my own signed Saka Jersey. As a proud #Gunner, I’m incredibly proud of their inspiring run in the Premier League with such a young team. Their determination has motivated many and shown us the power of youth. We’re committed to bringing that same spirit to grassroots football in Lagos.

“Together, let’s create opportunities for our talented young players. Thank you for visiting me Bukayo and I look forward to next season.”

Saka played an important role for Arsenal as they finished second in the league behind eventual winners Manchester City.

Born to Nigerian parents who immigrated to England, Saka was eligible for the Super Eagles, but he opted for the Three Lions in 2020.

In 2022, Saka sponsored surgeries for 120 kids from poor homes in Kano, Nigeria.


Tinubu Risked His Life, Fought Tirelessly For Nigeria – Gov Sanwo-Olu

Re-elected Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said that the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu “risked his life” to fight for democracy in Nigeria.

He also said that Tinubu fought tirelessly with other activists during the annulment of the June 12 elections to end the military regime.

He made this remark in a message congratulating Tinubu on his 71st birthday on Wednesday.

The statement was signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile.

Sanwo-Olu hailed the former Lagos Governor as a “visionary, consistent, loyal and enigmatic master strategist”.

The statement read in part: “It is also on record that he stood firmly on the side of the Nigerian people, even at the risk of losing his life and personal belongings during the dark days of the military junta.

“He fought tirelessly with other progressives and pro-democracy activists during the annulment of the June 12 struggle to end the military interregnum and enthrone democracy, which we all enjoy today.”

Tinubu cancelled the annual colloquium to mark his birthday this year and opted for special prayers and a thanksgiving service.

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“You were not re-elected; you selected yourself” – Falz slams Sanwo-Olu following appreciation post

Ace rap artiste, Falz has slammed the reelected governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu following his appreciation post to Lagosians.

The APC politician had taken to his Twitter page to express gratitude to Lagos residents for reelecting him as governor.

He had, in the same breath, condemned the attacks that were carried out on voters who had been disenfranchised in the state.

However, Falz quoted his tweet saying that he wasn’t re-elected but had selected himself.

The rapper added that everyone had seen the whole electoral irregularities unfold and Sanwo-Olu is only deceiving himself.

In his words:

“You were not re-elected. You selected yourself. Everybody saw it unfold. You are only deceiving yourselves”

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INEC Declares Sanwo-Olu Winner Of Lagos Governorship Election

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has been declared as the winner of the governorship election in Lagos State by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressives Congress, APC, polled a total of 762,134 to defeat first runner-up, Labour Party’s Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour.

The LP candidate secured 312,329 votes, while Abdulazeez Adeniran of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, got 62,449 votes.

The results were announced by the Returning Officer, Prof Adenike Temifayo-Oladiji, Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA.

The number of valid votes were 1,155,678; rejected votes – 17,953; total votes cast – 1,173,631; accredited votes – 1,182,620.

Before the declaration, Rhodes-Vivour called the election a sham, alleging “collusion between the ruling party and electoral officials”.

The flagbearer said what the people witnessed was “a slap on the face of democracy” and everyone who came out to vote for the LP on Saturday.

“In the light of this, I am convinced beyond any doubt that the results being released by INEC do not represent the wishes of the majority of peaceful Lagosians.

“More so the results from our field agents and situation room indicated that we won this election,” Rhodes-Vivour added.

LP Chairman in Lagos, Mrs. Dayo Ekong had asked INEC to cancel the poll, citing electoral malpractices, intimidation, violence, among others.

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Governorship Election: Funke Akindele Loses Her Polling Unit To APC’s Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Funke Akindele, the Deputy Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lost her polling unit 019, Ita Aro square, Àga/Ijimu ward in Ikorodu, Lagos State to the incumbent governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

According to the results collated from the polling unit, PDP secured a total of 19 votes while APC scored 77 votes. Labour Party polled 3 votes.

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Gov Election 2023: Sanwo-Olu Wins Polling Unit

The governor of Lagos state and candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, defeated Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour and Abdulazeez Adediran of Labour Party and the Peoples Democratic Party, at Polling Unit 6, Eiyekole, Lagos Island, in the ongoing governorship and State House of Assembly elections.

Sanwo-Olu polled 121 votes while Adediran and Rhodes-Vivour secured only one and two votes respectively.

The Independent National Electoral Commission officials as well as the security agencies arrived as early as 7:30 in the morning and voting started at exactly 9 am.

Addressing journalists shortly after casting his votes, Sanwo-Olu sued for peaceful conduct of the election while expressing satisfaction over the turnout of voters.

He said: “We are happy with the turnout of voters in this election. I was told INEC officials came right on time, and voting is on.

“I think it’s time for us to see and understand that this process is not meant to be one of violence. The election that leads to a democratic process is the best form of validating what true democracy is all about.

“I want to reiterate that this contest is about peace, progress, and prosperity. Everyone has the right to be able to advocate for everyone to freely express themselves, fairly, and transparently.”

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Election: Stay At Home If You Won’t Vote APC – MC Oluomo Threatens Igbos in Lagos

The Lagos State Parks Management Committee Chairman, Musiliu Akinsanya aka MC Oluomo has threatened Igbos living in Lagos.
He warned Igbos in the state ahead of this Saturday’s governorship election not to come out to vote if they are not going to vote for the All Progressives Congress.
MC Oluomo, addressing supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in a viral video, threatened Igbos who will not vote for the party to stay at home.
“We have begged them. If they don’t want to vote for us, it is not a fight. Tell them, mama Chukwudi, if you don’t want to vote for us, sit down at home. Sit down at home,” he said.
His threat comes after Peter Obi of the Labour Party, LP, won in Lagos state during the presidential poll on February 25.
Obi’s unprecedented victory has positioned LP’s candidate in Lagos state, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, as a major challenger to incumbent Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the APC.
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Gov Poll: Why Sanwo-Olu Is Best Man For The Job – Naira Marley

Nigerian Singer Naira Marley has declared support for Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state.
He made his support public on Wednesday via his Instagram page.
The singer said Sanwo-Olu was the best man for the job.
He further remarked that there had been significant development in infrastructure and other aspects, which was evident and accessible for all to witness.
“I’m not (for the) All Progressives Congress, I’m not (for the) Peoples Democratic Party, I’m not (for the) Labour Party…but where Lagos is going right now, we don’t need to start testing at all.
“I think Sanwo-Olu is the right person for the job. This is not a paid promo or nothing. He has achieved a lot, he also has experience,” he said.
He said he knew Sanwo-Olu was going to make Lagos great.
Despite the common trend for backlash from fans after declaring a preferred candidate, Naira Marley said as a Nigerian, he could not be silenced in his choice.