Battle for the Soul of Lagos

7 Mar 2023

Hi Folks,

We have not been able to rest our livers on the spleen since the emergence of Asiwaju Bọlá Ahmed Tinubu as the President-elect of Nigeria.

The third force as I prefer to call the supporters of Peter Obi and by extension the Labor Party have so much shaken the political system in the country that every one vying for political office in the forthcoming governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections.

Every candidate from the North to the West is struck with uncertainties as the D-day approach. “Obidients” have sworn that they will do everything humanly possible to will all the available positions.

Prominent on this vow is Lagos State, where the Labor Party, a party that rose from obscurity to fame on the heels of the “Obidients” have sworn to snatch Lagos State from the current ruling party APC.

APC supporters have gone to market to sell the candidacy of Gov. Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu, his many strides have been pushed forward and they are seriously requesting for him to be returned for a second term.

If you ask me, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivor, the Labor Party governorship candidate for Lagos is a cool guy, brilliant and positively ambitious and I would love to support him, however, my preference is with Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu, the incumbent governor of Lagos State is also a cool guy.

My support for goes beyond the current show of love by Lagosians for Sanwoolu; my support stems from the requisite experience that he has garnered over the years.

It takes more than goodwill to govern Lagos State. Experience and understanding of the terrain comes in very handy. Sanwoolu understands virtually all the parastatals in the state and can identify with the challenges in those agencies.

Also, Sanwoolu displayed capacity in the way he handled the Covid-19 pandemic. Sadly, the credit was soon taken away when the Endsars protests became our albatross. Hopefully, some day we will find out the whole truth about Endsars.

Lagos needs a hands-on guy who listens and can decide for himself in critical times like we had during the Covid-19 pandemic.

On the flip side, tribalism has been at center of the campaigns; they have turned it into Yoruba vs Igbo battle. News of the Igbo wanting to take over Lagos is everywhere and Yorubas wanting to chase the Igbo who have been their neighbors for ages.

Whatever, position you take; elections are not do or die and you should not lose your relationships over the elections.

Remember to make someone smile today with your acts of kindness.


Ilupeju B