Gbajabiamila rules out plan to succeed Sanwo-Olu

Femi Gbajabiamila

Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila says he does not have plans to succeed Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in 2023.

In an interview aired on Channels TV on Tuesday, Gbajabiamila said Sanwo-Olu has been doing a “good job” in governing Lagos, stressing that the governor must not be distracted on the assignment.

According to him, the governor has won an endorsement for the way he has positioned Lagos State on the path of growth, despite the state being hit by inadvertent crises in the past year.

The lawmaker representing Surulere 1 Federal Constituency in the green chamber of the National Assembly said: “The present governor of Lagos State (Sanwo-Olu) is doing a good job. The fact that we had a one-term governor at one time doesn’t mean it is going to be the same forever. This governor is doing a good job under the current circumstances. It’s been a difficult time in his last two years and he has come out well. So, why should anyone upset the apple cart? I think he (Sanwo-Olu) is doing a good job.”

The Speaker said he had “no immediate plan” to contest the governorship election in Lagos, adding that the task before him as number four citizen in the country was enormous and tough enough for him to be distracted by the rumour.

Asked if he is nursing a governorship ambition, Gbajabiamila said: “That (question) provokes a smile. No, I don’t have any such plan and I don’t have immediate plan. I have a job I am doing right now; it’s a very tough job. Sometimes, it’s the most difficult job and I say it to people in the world. People don’t understand that, but this is not a forum I’m going to break it down.

“I don’t want distractions. I am working as a Speaker of the House of Representatives with a lot of responsibilities on my shoulder right now. Any other thing would be a distraction. As for Lagos State governorship? I have not even thought about it. Why? Because, the present governor is doing a good job.”