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My children talked me into running for Lagos governorship —Sanwo-Olu



The All Progressives Congress candidate for Lagos State governorship election , Babajide Sanwo – Olu , has said that he started considering running as governor after his children convinced him that he has all it takes to occupy the office .Speaking on a radio programme , Morning Digest , hosted by Mr . Jimi Disu on Tuesday in Lagos , Sanwo – Olu , who disclosed that his children are in their 20 s , said the ambition started during an informal discussion with his children

He said that his children drew his attention to the fact that he had been a seasoned administrator, with about 17 years ’ service in government, a period during which , he said , he had served in various capacities that had exposed him to the intricacies of governance and economic policy -making .

He said he decided to take the plunge when it became obvious that their party would not be supporting the incumbent , Akinwunmi Ambode .

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The governorship hopeful also alleged that he and his running mate , Obafemi Hamzat , have had to depend on private financial support , as opposed to the insinuation that their campaigns are being funded by the Lagos State Government .

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Ambode did not give us a kobo , ” , Sanwo -Olu said .

He also denied the allegation that APC National National Leader , Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has Lagos in his grips and that governance in the state is how he wants it .

“ There is no truth in the allegation that Lagos is not free . No one is under any bondage to any godfather .

“ If you must know , since last September and up until now , Asiwaju has not engaged me and Hamzat in any conversation .

“ He has never been a part of our campaign so far . Rather, as a campaign coordinator for Mr . President ’ s re -election , he has been at the centre .

“ I and Hamzat have been left alone to make the best of our campaign efforts , and we are doing that already .

“ Lagos is not under the jackboot of any godfather , ” Sanwo – Olu explained .

While suggesting that he could offer consultancy job to his closest challenger, Mr . Jimi Agbaje , if elected governor , Sanwo – Olu said he could not understand why Agbaje keeps putting himself up for election “ every four years . ”

Reacting to Mr . Disu ’ s insistence that he speak on Oba Rilwanu Akiolu’ s statement that only APC is allowed to govern Lagos , Sanwo – Olu said in order not to be seen as partisan , traditional rulers must stay out of politics and be seen to be father to all .

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