LAGOS 2023:SANWO-OLU DROPS HAMZAT FOR SECOND TERM BID

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Dr Hamzat goes to the Senate via Lagos West but Obasa, Obanikoro, Adejoke, Idiat, Opeifa are all interested.

Photo: Deputy, Femi Hamzat, absent as Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu picks up APC guber nomination form

There are strong indications that Hamzat will not be on Sanwo-Olu’s reelection ticket.

Strong indications have emerged that the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu may likely run for re-election in the 2023 gubernatorial poll with the incumbent Secretary to the State Government, Folashade Jaji as a mate.

The incumbent deputy governor, Dr Obafemi Kadiri may likely vie for a senatorial seat on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

It was gathered that the choice of Jaji as the Deputy Governor is being considered to balance the gender equation as well as attract the full support of womenfolk which forms the bulk of the voters and gives them a sense of belonging. It is instructive to note that during the previous administrations in the state, particularly, former governors Babatunde Fashola and Akinwumi Ambode had female deputies.

Jaji, who is politically savvy as well, was a former Head of Service, HoS in the state.

Hamzat had always been rumoured to have the plan of relocating to Epe after the first tenure with Sanwo-Olu where he initially intended to run for the office of Governor before reshaping it to senatorial after power bloc advice. In the wake, he was advised to relocate to Ifako/Ijaiye and contest the Lagos West Senatorial district which is vacant because the incumbent, Senator Solomon Olamilekan, popularly called, Yayi, relocated to Ogun West.

Interestingly, quite a number of aspirants have started emerging for the West Senatorial District to replace Yayi. Notable among them is a former minister of defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, whose colourful posters could be seen at various corners of the district. Others are; Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Sustainable Development Goal, SDG, Mrs Joke Orelope-Adefulire, and Dr Idiat Adebule, both former deputy governor and former Commissioner for Transportation, Comrade Kayode Opeifa and still counting.

In Lagos Central, the deputy speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Wasiu Sanni Esinlokun is said to have been anointed by Senator Oluremi Tinubu.

Foluke Daramola

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