The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says his aspiration was to be appointed the chief of staff of the state but “God has turned the table around”.
Sanwo-Olu made this comment on Sunday at a special prayer session organised by the Nasrul-Lahil-il-Fath Society (NASFAT) at its headquarters in Alausa, Ikeja.
The governorship candidate, who said his priority would be infrastructure development, promised to “carry everyone along” if elected.
His words: “I will carry everyone along as a governor. In the NASFAT’s prayer for me, they advised me to choose good adviser and be a listening governor,” he said.
“Four years ago, my deputy wanted to be the governor and I was aspiring to be the chief of staff but now God has turned the table around.
“I will concentrate more, if elected the governor, on expansion of roads, building bridges and traffic control.”
The APC Lagos governorship candidate said he would give education the desired attention if elected.
“We will also be looking at the area of empowering the youth. The private sector is the engine of growth and development; so opportunities will be given to private sector by ensuring easy way of doing businesses in Lagos,’’ he said.
Sanwo’s deputy governorship candidate, Obafemi Hamzat, urged religious leaders to place a premium on the well-being of every Nigerian citizen, saying that government cannot do it alone.
“We have more religious houses in Lagos State than schools. Why are the religious organisations not making an impact?
“Religious houses have a duty to make life more meaningful and abundant to the citizens,’’ he said.
Speaking further, Sanwo-Olu said bad leadership is the cause of the ongoing brain drain in the country.
“It’s a shame our youths are seeking greener pastures outside the country. In spite of our human and natural resources we are still poor due to bad leadership,’’ he said.