Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, a former Lagos State Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pension, on Sunday formally declared his intention to contest for the Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship ticket.
Sanwo-Olu who made his formal declaration at the City Hall on Lagos Island promised to restore the glory of Lagos State if given the chance to govern, adding that he would consolidate on the feats of the builders of modern Lagos.
Sanwo-Olu is Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s main rival for the APC ticket, following revelation that he (Sanwo-Olu) is backed by the APC powerful Mandate Movement in Lagos, a group led by the National Leader of the ruling party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Federal lawmakers from Lagos State including, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, Jimi Benson, Jide Akinloye, Rotimi Agunsoye, Joseph Bamgbose and James Faleka were all in attendance at his declaration.
According to reports, he is also supported by the 57 council chairmen in the state and other Lagos APC leaders.
“If elected, 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 the state the persistent gridlock that has made life brutish for all of us.
“Our government’s focal point shall be to provide the greatest good for the greatest number of the people of Lagos State. I have invited you all here to join me in this journey to take Lagos to a new dimension by transforming the manifesto of our party into the programme of action.”
“Modern Lagos, since the inception of this administration, is blessed with innovators and visionary leaders. And that is why I must recognise the man that led the modernisation of Lagos, a celebrated tactician and national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
“The press has planted in the hearts of everyone the courage displayed by our national leader in reforming revenue collection in the state, the conversion of government operation from analog to digital and the establishment of a transparent system of running Lagos as a smart city.
“This vision put together by eminent Lagosians prepared our state for the challenges ahead.
“I declare that I shall be a true party man in the real definition of the words and in running an inclusive government according to the ideology of the APC.
“Loyalty in my view is the currency of politics. I shall be loyal to the people of the state and the leadership of the party.”
The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had already expressed readiness to welcome Ambode if he decides to dump the ruling APC and join the party.