With campaigns in full swing ahead of the March governorship polls, All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said that he takes the references to him as a puppet of former Lagos Gov. Bola Tinubu as a compliment.
Backstory: Sanwo-Olu was reacting to a recent statement by People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje, in which Agbaje referred to him as a puppet being manipulated and tossed by Tinubu.
The statement which was released by Sanwo-Olu’s media team on Sunday, said that Agbaje’s comments were further proof that he is the most qualified to take over the governorship mantle.
“Sanwo-Olu described Agbaje’s recent vituperation, where he described him as a puppet to the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as a not only complimentary, but an affirmation of the notion that he is the most experienced for the job, having been properly schooled in the art and science of governance,” the statement read.
Berating the PDP flag bearer further, Sanwo-Olu made it known that he sympathizes with Agbaje as his comments clearly showed his fear of an “imminent disgraceful defeat awaiting him at the March 2 poll, and consequent retirement from four years electoral cycle contest”.
Questioning Agbaje’s capacity to handle the governorship seat, Sanwo-Olu’s statement revealed his intentions of following the precedence set by his predecessors including the embattled incumbent, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
“He further reminded Mr Agbaje and his co-travellers in the journey of political ignominy of an incontrovertible fact that he (Mr Sanwo-Olu) has been part of the progressive social, economic and political trajectory of modern Lagos, which started with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and was passed on to the actualizer, Mr Babatunde Fashola, who in turn handed over to the incumbent governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, for consolidation.”
“Mr Sanwo-Olu’s private and public experience is not what the likes of Jimi Agbaje could buy over a supermarket shelf, and would take them at least two decades of quality experience to place them on the same pedestal like him.”
Bottom Line: If Sanwo-Olu believes that being someoness puppet makes him qualified then he has the wrong idea on what leadership of a state like Lagos should entail. But his comments are hardly surprising considering Tinubu’s show of strength that led to incumbent Gov. Ambode’s loss in the APC primary.