Re-election seeking governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said the number one seat in the State is not for someone who lacks experience in governance and leadership.
Sanwo-Olu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), will in the March 18 governorship election go against Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour (GRV) of the Labour Party (LP) and Abdul-Azeez Adediran (Jandor) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
While speaking in an interview on Nigeria Info FM on Wednesday, the governor maintained that the largest economy in West Africa, which is important to the country, cannot be left in the hands of an inexperienced politician.
He further boasted he is the most qualified of all the candidates and has both private and public experience to move the sixth-largest economy in Africa forward.
The governor added that the seat of Lagos should not be a test run activity and should not be won by emotion but capacity and competence.
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His words: “What have you done in your own life, what is the pedigree, and what experience you are bringing to the table? What level of knowledge do you have that this job entails? What are your previous roles?
“A governor of the sixth largest economy can certainly not be a test run activity. You’re driving the largest black city in the world, it cannot be a test run. It is not driven by emotion. It is certainly will be driven by the people, who choose to have the capacity.
“The youngest candidate that is also competing in this race is a 40-year-old Lagosian and a Nigerian. So, I said let us discount our age to age 40 and let us see what has everybody done at age 40. I’m 57, so I’m going to tell you what I have done at age 40.
“At age 40, I left the banking industry as a general manager, heading investment banking. I had been in that sector for 15 years prior to then. I have had to develop competence and experience in very strong structured investment banking.”