Under is the speech delivered by APC aspirant, Babajide Sanwoolu at his formal declaration of his intention to contest for the Governor of Lagos State on the Metropolis Corridor, Lagos Island on Sunday September 16, 2018.
All protocols noticed.
With nice enthusiasm and encouragement of household, mates, associates and well-wishers, I would like to specific my honest thanks to everybody for creating the time to take part on this historic occasion of my declaration to contest the 2019 governorship election in Lagos State on the platform of our social gathering, the All Progressives Congress.
Since 1922, when the primary election was decreed in Lagos, our historical past has been formed by the values of democratization and the primacy of the individuals in deciding who guidelines them. The method has thrown up nice males like Herbert Macaulay, Sir Kitoye Ajasa, Dr. John Randle, Sapara Williams, Henry Carr, Candido da Rocha, Dr. Adeniyi Jones and Dr. Caulcrick amongst others. Might the souls of these nice Lagosians proceed to relaxation in peace.
There is no such thing as a means to assessment the historical past of Lagos within the final 50 years with out putting on report the contributions of Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson, the primary ever governor of Lagos State, Pa Lateef Jakande, the primary civilian Governor and lots of different helmsmen who led the event of our individuals.
Fashionable Lagos State because the inception of the present civilian republic has been blessed with innovators and visionaries. Allow me to acknowledge, specifically, the person who laid the inspiration for the modernization of Lagos State; the celebrated tactician and famend licensed accountant who has utilized his data to democracy and improvement, our nationwide chief, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The press, as ‘‘The Fourth Property of The Realm’’, has planted in our consciousness the braveness displayed by our chief in reforming and modernizing the income assortment operations of Lagos State, changing authorities operations from analogue to digital and establishing a clear, measurable and predictable system for operating Lagos as a contemporary good authorities.
The preparation of the visionary programme, ‘‘The Lagos State Financial Empowerment & Growth Technique’’ (LEEDS), itemizing out the trail to improvement of trendy Lagos on 4 pillars throughout 25 years of growth continues to present the event blueprint for our individuals. This imaginative and prescient, put collectively by eminent economists and passionate patriots, ready our State forward of its rising challenges. It stays to today probably the most concrete manifestation of Asiwaju’s management and love for the good individuals of our State. I really feel privileged to be half of the method that made it occur. I guarantee you all that it shall proceed to be the roadmap once I develop into the following civilian governor of our pricey State.
This basis has survived the take a look at of time as a result of Asiwaju was in a position to recruit glorious and sensible successors. However with out the ratification of these males by Lagosians who voted massively for them through the basic elections, his want couldn’t have develop into the favored decisions of the individuals.
I want to commend the previous Governor of Lagos State,Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, for his contributions to this superb path.
I’m impressed by the braveness and achievements of all of the leaders who’ve charted the trail of improvement for our nice LAGOS. I’ve determined, like the good American President John F. Kennedy, not to proceed to wait for what my State shall do for me, however to problem myself on what to do for my State.
After I look again at my expertise in public sector, I realise that God has ready me for this second. I served Lagos State Authorities for the primary time as a Particular Adviser to the then deputy Governor,Otunba Femi Pedro.
I imagine that my contributions to the governing course of made potential my appointment as the Appearing Honourable Commissioner for Financial Planning &Finances and later Commissioner for Commerce & Business within the closing months of the Asiwaju Bola Tinubu administration. Following the inauguration of the Fashola administration, I used to be appointed the Honourable Commissioner for Institution, Coaching and Pensions.
My public sector profession has topped the wonderful achievement of my journey by means of the personal sector the place I had labored in senior managerial positions in monetary establishments such as Lead Service provider Financial institution, United Financial institution for Africa (UBA), First Atlantic Financial institution (now FCMB) and took part in main financial tasks such as the privatization and commercialization of Federal Authorities-owned corporations and parastatals.
The All Progressives Congress has been established as a grassroots social gathering of the employees, artisans, center class professionals and all those that want the progressive improvement of Nigeria. The manifesto of our social gathering guarantees welfarist programmes and constructing the capability of our economic system in order that we are able to present jobs for the youths and make our nation secure and safe.
• These are the values that I imagine in.
• These are the values I’m prepared to defend.
• These are the values I’m decided to propagate.
• These are the values that drive my current want.
If elected, I shall instantly embark on the total restoration of the glory of Lagos and make you the individuals the cornerstone of authorities revamp the atmosphere that has develop into a trigger of critical anxiousness to Lagosians and relieve Lagos of the persistent gridlocks which have made our lives brutish and nasty.
Our authorities’s focus shall be to present the best good for the best quantity of the individuals of Lagos State.
I’ve invited you right here at this time to be part of me within the journey to take Lagos State to a brand new dimension by reworking the manifesto of our social gathering to the programme of motion. I’m sending a clarion name to our social gathering members, women and men, youth and the aged, that there’s a lot of work to be accomplished to obtain the Lagos of our goals.
I current myself as a succesful, competent and examined hand to make Lagos higher.
I declare that, I, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-olu shall be a real social gathering man in the actual definition of the phrase by operating an inclusive authorities in accordance to the ideology of the APC and the long-term advantages of the good residents of Lagos State. Loyalty is the forex of politics. I shall be loyal to the individuals of Lagos State, the organs and the management of the social gathering.
I name on social gathering members and residents to be part of me to elevate our State in all aspects of human endeavour by means of enhancements, enlightenment and improvement.
I urge you all to come out along with your membership playing cards and slips to vote for me on the direct primaries ordered by the social gathering in order that we are able to proceed the journey in the direction of peace, order and improvement for the great individuals of our pricey Lagos State.
Historical past shouldn’t be made in a day, however it’s made on the day that you simply begin to make the labours of the previous and the hope for the long run the touchstone of our endeavours. That day is at this time.
I pray that God Almighty shall crown all our efforts with resounding success.
Thanks and God bless.
Lengthy Reside the All progressives Congress
Lengthy Reside Lagos State
Lengthy Reside Federal Republic of Nigeria
Some of the APC social gathering chieftains current at his declaration embrace Tayo Ayinde, his spouse Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, Chief Sunni Ajose, Demola Seriki, Cardinal James Odunbaku, Tola Kasali, Abdulahi Enilolobo, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, Chief Asipe Ikorodu, members of the home of reps and home of meeting, Convention 57 members, previous commissioners, market girls, CDCs, Muslim and christian affiliation, NURTW Lagos chapter, Scholar Unions, Civil societies, Conventional rulers, Igbo and Hausa teams, 57 LGA chairmen, all ward chairmen, Comrade Daini Olusesan, Director of Media and Publicity for BOSCO and chairman Igbogbo Bayeku LCDA anchored the programme and numerous APC faithfuls.