Babajide Sanwo-Olu Becomes Lagos State Governor
The winner of the governorship election of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has been sworn in as the new governor of the state this morning.
At exactly 11.35am, Sanwo-Olu completed his oath and was declared the 15th governor of Lagos. His deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, who took his oath earlier, was also declared the deputy governor of the state.
A statement on his Twitter handle comfirmed his exit: "To the Glory of God, I have just handed over the reins of government in Lagos State to His Excellency, Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu, after a rewarding 4-year experience."
In his farewell address, Ambode noted:
Those who have had the privilege of serving our dear State in different capacities especially as Governors owe their successes to your prayers, understanding and support. The same courtesy and cooperation that you gave to my predecessors from the first elected Governor of the State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande to our national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) to my humble self, I urge you to extend same to the next administration of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and ensure that he succeeds. It is in our best interest to do so."
Read the full address HERE
Sanwo-Olu in his inaugural address spoke of a better Lagos where Traffic management and Transportation, Health and Environment, Education and Technology, Making Lagos a 21st-century economy, Entertainment and Tourism and Security and Governance, will receive utmost attention.
Sanwo-Olu said, “We intend to make history by making for ourselves and our children a better future. Therefore, on this day, on this precious plot of land we call our home, let us stand together before the very face of history. Let us vow to ourselves and to posterity that we shall not just dream of a greater Lagos, but we shall collectively rise up to build the Lagos of our dreams. Let us not be discouraged. There are those who do not believe a greater Lagos is possible in our time."
Read the full transcript of his speech HERE
Ambode failed to show up at the formal inauguration of Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, today, saying that Sanwo-Olu should be allowed to be the star of his inauguration.
"I have already formally handed over reigns of power in the State to the new Governor in a most cordial and convivial ceremony at the State House yesterday. The formal inauguration should have Mr. Sanwo-Olu as the star of the day. I don't think that glory should be shared with him by my presence," Ambode said in a short statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna.