The governorship candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos state, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, has picked Babafemi Hamzat, a former commissioner as his running mate.
AN24 gathered that Sanwo-Olu, who became the candidate of the APC after defeating the Akinwunmi Ambode, the incumbent governor, in the primary election, made the decision due to the support he received from Hamzat in the runoff to the primary
This online medium recalls that Hamzat, a former Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure in the state, was a major contender in the race for the APC governorship ticket before stepping down for Sanwo-Olu.
The former commissioner had said that his decision to withdraw from the race was borne out of greater good for Lagos than the benefit of an individual.
“Having been part and parcel of the formulation and execution of various policies and programmes that transformed Lagos right from former governors Tinubu and Babatunde Fashola’s administrations, I strongly believe that Sanwo-Olu is equally rooted to fly our party’s flag in the 2019 elections.
“I have no doubt that he is well placed and equipped to take Lagos to greater height, hence my stepping down for him,” Hamzat had said.
A source told AN24 that Sanwo-Olu’s decision to pick Hamzat was part of the agreement reached before the latter stepped down.
Sanwo-Olu’s decision it was gathered, came due to the political weight Hamzat currently enjoys in the state as a major member of “The Justice Forum, which partnered The Mandate Movement”, a group loyal to Bola Tinubu, to affirm Sanwo-Olu’s candidacy.
“Any moment from now, the All Progressives Congress in the state will announce Hamzat as Sanwo-Olu’s running mate”, a source familiar with the development told AN24.
Sanwo-Olu will battle Jimi Agbaje of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at next year’s governorship election in the state.