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Sanwo-Olu, Hamzat, One Team, Two Blocs

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Nigeria News takes a look at the future of Lagos State possibly under Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat

I have taken time to look at the duo of the Lagos All Progressives Congress governorship flagbearer, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his running mate Dr Femi Hamzat and found it to be good.

Both of them have the quality to represent the state but they have come from different blocs and interest groups.

Hamzat has been eyeing the Lagos first seat since the days of the former Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN). He was beaten alongside other contestants by the present Governor Akinwunmi Ambode about four years ago.

He was among the contestants that actually contested the results of the primaries in which Ambode eventually emerged.

He later became the Special Adviser to his former boss, Fashola who is now the Minister of Power, Works and Housing.

Hamzat represents the Abuja bloc that has the likes of the former national legal adviser of the APC, Dr Muiz Banire and the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in the group.

Sanwo-Olu, having wined and dined with Tinubu and many of the Jagaban’s associates for about two decades represents another bloc of Lagos political elites and the grassroots.

These two guys are brilliant. They are professionals and independent minds that could take Lagos to a greater height but where the problem lies is about the ability of Hamzat to hold his breath when he is asked to clean some mess as it is being done now for Idiat Oluranti Adebule, the current deputy governor.

Will he be able to do this, bearing in mind that he is equally qualified to run the state. Hamzat bowed to advice from his fans to take the second fiddle role if at all he wants to play a critical role in the government of Lagos.

As a matter of fact, his best position was a commissioner for works under Fashola and becoming a deputy governor would be a plus to his resume.

May the APC win the Lagos gubernatorial poll against Jimi Agbaje of the Peoples Democratic Party is the prayer of Sanwo-Olu now.

Of course, APC has a better chance but after the victory, the Sanwo-Olu/Hamzat must be ready to kill personal egos and work as a team so that the government would not end like that of the former Governor Bola Tinubu who ensured the impeachment of two of his deputies in his eight-year tenure.

Recalled that Tinubu sacked his first deputy, Kofoworola Bucknor during his first term and brought in Femi Pedro.

Tinubu sacked Pedro just as he was leaving office after his second term. He had advised Pedro, a banker not to run against his anointed candidate, Fashola but the deputy refused.

Pedro was removed and replaced by the former Chairman of the Action Congress, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye who spent three months on the seat. Tinubu believes that deputies must not be popular but could serve as a mole if a governor will not listen to him.

In this part, the resent arrangement of Sanwo-Olu/Hamzat, it is not clear that the deputy will serve as a mole for Tinubu because Hamzat, unlike former deputy governor Joke Orelope-Adefulire, is representing a different bloc.

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