We recently reported that Babajide Sanwo-Olu, after a breathtaking primary election on Tuesday, October 2, emerged the gubernatorial candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos state, defeating the incumbent governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, with an unbelieveable margin.
However, apart from the fact that Sanwo-Olu was Tinubu’s preferred candidate, many do not know much about the man who is on the way to becoming the next Lagos state governor, if he wins the gubernatorial election in 2019.
1. Babajide Sanwo-Olu is 53-years-old. He is Christian and married to Dr. (Mrs) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, their marriage is blessed with four kids.
2. Sanwo-Olu is a graduate of the University of Lagos. He holds a B.Sc and an MBA in Surveying from the University of Lagos. He also attended the Kennedy School of Government, USA; the London Business School as well as the Lagos Business School (LBS). Babajide Sanwo-Olu declared the winner of the Lagos APC governorship primaries.
3. Sanwo-Olu is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) and a fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Training and Development (NITAD).
4. He was a renowned banker before venturing into politics. Between 1994 and 1997, he served as treasurer at former Lead Merchant Bank Plc.
5. Sanwo-Olu also served as head of foreign money market and deputy general manager at United Bank for Africa (UBA).
6. He was also deputy general manager, Divisional Head, at First Inland Bank, Plc. (now First City Monument Bank).
7. Sanwo-Olu was chairman of Baywatch Group Limited – a multifaceted company with interests in construction, property development and human capital development; First Class Group Limited, a cooling, power and maintenance solutions provider, among others. Political appointment
8. In 2003, then deputy governor, Femi Pedro appointed Sanwo-Olu as special adviser on corporate matters.
9. He later became acting commissioner of economic planning and budget.
10. In 2007, Tinubu appointed Sanwo-Olu as the special adviser (corporate matters) before becoming a substantive commissioner for establishment.
Now over to you.
Do you believe Ambode should have been given the Governor’s Ticket instead of Sanwo-Olu? Your comments.