Former governor of Lagos and APC national leader, Bola Tinubu, on Friday, endorsed Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his Deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, for a second term in office.
Mr Tinubu gave the approval as he raised the hands of Mr Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat at an APC stakeholders’ meeting in Ikeja, Lagos.
He said that Mr Sanwo-Olu and his deputy had built an unbreakable team to raise the bar of excellence in governance and service delivery in the state, with visible achievements and progress to show for their efforts.
He said such visible achievements earned the duo the opportunity to return for a second term, and not a blank endorsement which many politicians seek.
Mr Tinubu, a presidential hopeful on APC platform, said Lagos under Mr Sanwo-Olu’s leadership had remained a state of pride for residents and other Nigerians who craved responsive governance and progress.
“We have a brilliant governor at the helm of affairs, who is supported by his deputy to build an unbreakable team that has raised the bar of excellence in governance in Lagos.
“I specially thank Dr Hamzat, who has been a very good assistant and a pillar of support to the governor.
“Sanwo-Olu with Hamzat has raised an impenetrable team. I commend both of you and all members of the cabinet. You have all done wonderfully well and I must say that I am very proud of you,” he said.
The raising of Sanwo-Olu’s hand by Tinubu was preceded by a motion moved by the Vice Chairman of APC (Lagos East), Saidat Oladunjoye, for open endorsement of the governor by the party’s leadership.
The motion was seconded by a member representing Alimosho Constituency in the House of Assembly, Kehinde Joseph.
The APC Leader, however, said that the party in Lagos would not prevent any aspirant vying for any position from testing their strength at the primaries.
He said that all candidates that would be fielded by the party across elective positions must go through a delegate electoral system.
Speaking during the stakeholders meeting, Mr Sanwo-Olu appreciated Mr Tinubu and thanked the GAC leaders for standing by his government.
The stakeholders’ meeting, convened at the instance of Mr Tinubu, was attended by Lagos APC chairman, Cornelius Ojelabi, party executive members, GAC members, senatorial leaders and stalwarts across all local councils in the state.