Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has expressed warm wishes to his predecessor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on the occasion of his 60th birthday.
News About Nigeria reports that Sanwo-Olu acknowledged Ambode’s commitment to serving Lagos State both as a civil servant and as the 14th Governor of the state.
Although Ambode’s tenure as governor lasted only one term due to a fallout with influential political figures, including Bola Tinubu, Sanwo-Olu recognized the positive and significant contributions Ambode made in various sectors during his time in office.
Taking to Twitter, Governor Sanwo-Olu conveyed his birthday greetings to Akinwunmi Ambode, extending the well wishes on behalf of his wife, Ibijoke, the government, and the people of Lagos State.
He also took the opportunity to acknowledge Ambode’s lifelong dedication to serving the state, starting from his days as a civil servant and continuing through his governorship.
Akinwunmi Ambode, a prominent Nigerian politician, is known for his notable career as a civil servant and his term as the 14th Governor of Lagos State.
However, his political journey took an unexpected turn when he failed to secure a second term in office.
Ambode’s journey began with his service as a civil servant, where he showcased his dedication and commitment to Lagos State.
His remarkable performance and leadership qualities eventually paved the way for him to become the governor of the state.
During his tenure as governor, Ambode made significant strides in various sectors, aiming to improve the lives of Lagosians.
He implemented several developmental projects, focusing on infrastructure, education, healthcare, and transportation.
These efforts aimed to transform Lagos into a world-class city and enhance the quality of life for its residents.
However, Ambode’s bid for a second term encountered challenges within the political landscape.
His relationship with the political figures and influential leader, Bola Tinubu, deteriorated, leading to a strained political environment.
This strained relationship resulted in Ambode losing the support of key political stakeholders within his party.
The withdrawal of this support significantly impacted his chances of securing a second term as governor.
The fallout with Tinubu and other political figures weakened Ambode’s position within the party and created divisions among party loyalists.
As a result, the party decided to field another candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in the 2019 gubernatorial election.
Despite his achievements and the progress made during his term, Ambode faced an uphill battle in his quest for re-election.
The loss of support from influential political figures and party members ultimately led to his defeat in the party primaries.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu emerged victorious in the primaries and went on to win the general election, succeeding Ambode as the Governor of Lagos State.