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Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Count me out of Lagos guber race, Gbajabiamila declares, says Sanwo-Olu deserves second term

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Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, says he has no immediate plans to contest for the Lagos state governorship election in 2023.


In a statement on Tuesday, Gboyega Akosile, chief press secretary to the governor, said Gbajabiamila stated that Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the state governor, deserves another term in office.


According to him, Gbajabiamila, lawmaker representing Surulere I federal constituency, extolled the virtues of the governor while speaking during a television programme earlier in the day.


“The present Governor of Lagos State (Sanwo-Olu) is doing a good job. The fact that we had a one-term Governor at one time doesn’t mean it is going to be the same forever,” Akosile quoted Gbajabiamila to have said.


“This Governor is doing a good job under the current circumstances. It’s been a difficult time in his last two years and he has come out well. So, why should anyone upset the apple cart? I think he (Sanwo-Olu) is doing a good job.


“That (question) provokes a smile. No, I don’t have any such plan and I don’t have immediate plan. I have a job I am doing right now; it’s a very tough job. Sometimes, it’s the most difficult job and I say it to people in the world. People don’t understand that, but this is not a forum I’m going to break it down.


“I don’t want distractions. I am working as a Speaker of the House of Representatives with a lot of responsibilities on my shoulder right now. Any other thing would be a distraction. As for Lagos State Governorship? I have not even thought about it. Why? Because, the present Governor is doing a good job.”


Akosile noted that the speaker also said Sanwo-Olu has positioned the state on a path of growth despite the COVID-19 crisis.