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Lagos Has Been Fortunate To Have Visionary Governors – El-Rufai
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Lagos Has Been Fortunate To Have Visionary Governors – El-Rufai

Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna, says Lagos is the most fortunate Nigerian state governed by visonary men. Since the return of democracy in 1999, Lagos has been governed by four men — Bola Tinubu, Babatunde Fashola, Akinwunmi Ambode, and incumbent governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Speaking at the closing session of the 2021 Lagos ‘Ehingbeti’ Economic Summit, on Thursday, el-Rufai said Lagos has remains fortunate in terms of leadership. He said if Lagos were a country, it would have a higher gross domestic product (GDP) than many African countries. El-Rufai added that the south-west state is a role model for Kaduna, saying he looks to Lagos becoming a top state on the ease of doing business. “If Lagos were a country, it would have a bigger GDP than many African countries. F...
Ex-Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode Revalidates APC Membership
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Ex-Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode Revalidates APC Membership

Former Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Saturday, revalidated his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Ambode who was governor from 2015 to 2019 participated in the ongoing revalidation exercise at his ward in Epe. Before today, there were speculations that he has quit the APC.
Hoodlums Steal Obafemi Awolowo’s Glasses From Statue As Looting Continues
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Hoodlums Steal Obafemi Awolowo’s Glasses From Statue As Looting Continues

Seven days after Lagos government declared a curfew to curb the looting and destruction across the state, the glasses on Obafemi Awolowo’s statue in Ikeja are still missing. Hoodlums had hijacked the #EndSARS protest in the state, unleashing violence on residents and destroying public and private properties. Vehicles, automated teller machines, traffic lights were vandalised, and not even Awolowo’s statue was spared during the looting, as his pair of glasses are yet to be found. Awolowo, the premier of the western region from 1954 to 1960, is known for his unique round-shaped glasses. Akinwunmi Ambode, former governor of Lagos, in September 2017, unveiled the 20-feet statue located on Obafemi Awolowo Way close to the Lagos Television (LTV) junction in Ikeja. Ambode had sai...
Edo Is Not Lagos, Obaseki Won’t Chicken Out Like Ambode – Charles Idahosa
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Edo Is Not Lagos, Obaseki Won’t Chicken Out Like Ambode – Charles Idahosa

Chief Charles Idahosa, a former Commissioner for Information and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state, has said Governor Godwin Obaseki will not chicken out from the governorship election despite his disqualification from the primaries by the APC screening committee last week. Speaking in a chat with INDEPENDENT, Idahosa, who had always said he will dump the APC if Obaseki is denied reelection, said the governor will not take the ‘Ambode option’ as being suggested by some people because Edo is not Lagos. It will be recalled that Akinwunmi Ambode, former Lagos state governor conceded defeat and congratulated his opponent, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, current governor of Lagos state who was declared winner of the APC governorship primary held on October 2, 2018. ...
LAGESC Returns To KAI As Sanwo-Olu Reverses Another Ambode Policy
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LAGESC Returns To KAI As Sanwo-Olu Reverses Another Ambode Policy

The Lagos State Government has returned the erstwhile Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) Brigade, MCI has gathered. This is another reversal of the policy of the immediate past Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode. The KAI will replace the Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) though with the same officers. Our correspondent reports that LAGESC was established following a new law that was signed by Ambode on March 1st, 2017 as part of the broad environmental sanitation reforms in the environment sector. LAGESC then replaced the erstwhile KAI that has been in place under the administrations of Governors Babatunde Fashola and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. KAI, as an agency, was dreaded by many Lagosians as it was responsible for environmental sanitation and arrest of environmental offender...
Access Bank Denies Arrest Of Its GMD, Herbert Wigwe
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Access Bank Denies Arrest Of Its GMD, Herbert Wigwe

Access Bank Plc has vehemently denied reports that its Group Managing Director, GMD, Herbert Wigwe has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over allegations of fraud. Some online news sites had reported that the Access Bank boss was arrested for his connection with the assets of former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, alleged money laundering for former petroleum minister, Deziani Allison-Madueke, as well as alleged inflation of contracts linked to former Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode. In a notice to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Friday, January 10, 2019 by the company secretary, Sunday Ekwochi, the lender denied the reports, stressing that its officials were only invited for interrogation over credit facilities that were availe...
Lagos State Government Pulls Down Fela Statue At Allen Avenue
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Lagos State Government Pulls Down Fela Statue At Allen Avenue

The statue of late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, who was situated by the former Governor of Lagos state Akinwunmi Ambode at Allen Avenue Ikeja has been pulled down by the current Lagos State Government. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s spokesperson, Gboyega Akosile confirmed that the statue has been pulled down, said the roundabout where it was located was identified as one of the four locations in Lagos that cause traffic gridlock. He also identified the other spots where traffic gridlock is experienced to be Ikotun, Lekki-Epe expressway and Maryland. Akosile who also told newsmen that the artwork will be relocated to a spot where it won’t cause traffic gridlock. See before & after photos of the statue;
Obasanjo Criticizes Ambode For Abandoning Lagos Rail Project
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Obasanjo Criticizes Ambode For Abandoning Lagos Rail Project

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has criticised former Lagos State governor Akinwunmi Ambode for abandoning the Lagos light rail project while he was the governor of the state between 2015 and 2019. “We borrowed to build a light rail in Lagos, embarked on the project and a succeeding governor abandoned the project for his full term of four years at 65 per cent completion when he should have started paying down on the loan,” Obasanjo said on Friday in Lagos as a keynote speaker at the “Why I am Alive” campaign. Obasanjo also criticised Ambode of prioritising the construction of Oshodi bus interchange. The terminus was commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari days before Ambode left office even though the project was not completed. The formal construction of the rai...
Two Uber Vehicles Rolled Over In Collision In Lagos, RRS Came To The Rescue
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Two Uber Vehicles Rolled Over In Collision In Lagos, RRS Came To The Rescue

Officers of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos State Police Command rescued and administered first aid to 3 of the 8 occupants of two UBER vehicles that rolled over in collision simultaneously at Ogudu Alapere on their way to the Lagos Island around 3:00 a.m today. LASEMA arrived later to assist the victims. No life was lost in the accident. Recall that in 2017, the former Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode handed over no fewer than 150 First Aid Kits to the operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Command, so as to administer First Aid to victims of emergencies. Over 380 officers of the RRS had been trained by the State Government on accident scene safety, controlling bleeding, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and moving accident victims. See photo...
Sanwo-Olu Honours Chaplain Femi Taiwo, Sacked After Encounter With Ambode’s Wife
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Sanwo-Olu Honours Chaplain Femi Taiwo, Sacked After Encounter With Ambode’s Wife

Emotions ran high at the Chapel of Christ the Light, Alausa, Ikeja, on Wednesday, as the Lagos State Government honoured a former presiding Chaplain of the chapel, Venerable Femi Taiwo. The congregation, consisting of church members, family, friends and well wishers of the cleric, sang songs after songs as they celebrated the occasion. The state Commissioner for Home Affairs and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, who was joined by top officials of the ministry, presented a gift to Taiwo on behalf of the government. PUNCH Metro learnt that the special service, which held for about 30 minutes, was kept under wraps, as many church members were not informed. In May 2017, PUNCH Metro had exclusively reported that Taiwo, his wife and their two children were evicted from the vic...
APC Says Lagos Has Become Better Under Sanwo-olu, PDP Disagrees
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APC Says Lagos Has Become Better Under Sanwo-olu, PDP Disagrees

The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have disagreed over the performance of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu since his assumption of office six months ago. While the APC, which is the ruling party in the state, described the governor as a great performer who has made the state better than he met it, the opposition PDP said his performance has been abysmal while there is breakdown in all facets of governance in the state. Speaking with Daily Independent on Sunday, Alhaji Tunde Balogun, the party chairman in the state, said he is proud of Sanwo-Olu’s performance because he had turned the fortunes of the state around within the short period he had spent in office. He specifically commended the governor for various road r...
Sanwo-Olu Didn’t Bring Back VIO So As To Generate Revenues For Lagos – Fashola
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Sanwo-Olu Didn’t Bring Back VIO So As To Generate Revenues For Lagos – Fashola

The Lagos State Vehicle Inspection Services (VIS) has described as untrue reports in some quarters that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu brought back it back on the streets in order to generate money from Lagosians. Former governor Akinwunmi Ambode banned the VIO officials from the road but they were returned by Governor Sanwo- Olu after his assumption of office. Some Lagosians have claimed that part of the sins why Ambode was denied a second term was because of the ban on the VIS which led to a drop in revenues accrued to Lagos state. However, speaking with Daily Independent on Tuesday, Akin-George Fashola, the Director of VIS in Lagos said the agency is set up to ensure sanity on the roads and not a revenue generating agency. He however said the agency can generate money for t...
Ambode Fights Back, Drags Lagos Assembly To Court Over Probe
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Ambode Fights Back, Drags Lagos Assembly To Court Over Probe

Former Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has dragged the Lagos State House of Assembly to court over its ongoing probe of the ex-governor for allegedly procuring 820 buses worth over N7 billion without budgetary approval. Ambode is due to appear before the House Committee probing the allegation on Wednesday. The House had placed adverts in some newspapers inviting the former governor to appear before it as he was alleged to have previously failed to appear on two occasions when he was invited. However, the former Governor had instituted a suit against the Assembly at the Lagos High Court in Ikeja to contest the constitutionality of the probe of the buses which were procured by his administration. Based on the suit, the Lagos High Court in Ikeja on Tuesday ordered the Spea...
Olusegun Banjo And Olawale Oluwo Deny Indicting Ambode Before Assembly Panel
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Olusegun Banjo And Olawale Oluwo Deny Indicting Ambode Before Assembly Panel

Former Lagos commissioners, Mr Olusegun Banjo (Economic Planning and Budget) and Mr Olawale Oluwo (Energy and Mineral Resources), have denied indicting ex-governor Akinwunmi Ambode before an ad hoc committee of the state House of Assembly. The men on Thursday refuted reports that they incriminated their former boss in the statements they made to the committee. Rather, they insisted that that Accountant-General of Lagos State, Mrs Shukrat Umar, buttressed their claims when she told the committee on Wednesday that the State Executive Council approved the budget for the purchase of 820 vehicles for the state. The Assembly had claimed that Ambode did not get approval for the purchase of the buses and subsequently set up a probe committee. The committee had summoned the former c...
Lagos Assembly Probes Ambode Over Purchase Of 820 Buses At The Cost Of ₦45bn
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Lagos Assembly Probes Ambode Over Purchase Of 820 Buses At The Cost Of ₦45bn

The Lagos State House Assembly has set up a committee to investigate the purchase of 820 buses by the administration of former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. The lawmakers said the governor did not get the approval to buy 820 of the 5,000 buses he proposed for mass transit in the state. In a motion titled, ‘Lagos State House of Assembly Motion Number 2,’ the lawmaker representing Eti Osa Constituency 2, Gbolahan Yishawu, said the executive proposed to spend ₦17bn to purchase the buses in the 2017 budget, but it was not approved. He added that in the 2018 and 2019 budgets, the state government proposed ₦24bn and ₦7bn respectively for the buses, which were again turned down. Yishawu said the Ambode administration, however, went ahead to purchase the vehicles. The lawmaker said...
We Did Not Raid Ambode’s Residence – EFCC
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We Did Not Raid Ambode’s Residence – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has since early hours of today, been inundated with calls that operatives of the Commission raided the residence of the former governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode. We need to state for the records that the EFCC did not raid Ambode’s house. It is instructive that his administration, like other former governors is under investigation, since they no longer constitutionally enjoy immunity against prosecution. The Commission hereby states with high sense of responsibility that the operatives did not raid Ambode’s residence. Whatever the Commission is presently doing with regards to the investigation is in line with its mandate and the rule of law. We wish to inform the social media to be circumspect in the reportage of any...
Ambode confirms EFCC raid on his Ikoyi and Epe residence, says ‘no cause for alarm’
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Ambode confirms EFCC raid on his Ikoyi and Epe residence, says ‘no cause for alarm’

Akinwunmi Ambode, the former governor of Lagos State has urged his supporters and the general public to remain calm and law-abiding as there was no cause for alarm over search of his houses by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Ambode, in a statement by his media aide, Habib Aruna, spoke on the backdrop of a search by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on his Epe Country home and Parkview Ikoyi residence, where the anti-graft agency conducted the exercise without any incident. He said the Commission, till date, has not opened any direct communication with him on any issue, adding that he was ready and willing to respond if or when they do so. The statement reads: “This morning, operatives of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission visited the Ep...
We Are Not Aware Of Plans To Suspend Ambode From Party – APC
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We Are Not Aware Of Plans To Suspend Ambode From Party – APC

The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday said the report that it is planning to suspend former governor Akinwunmi Ambode from the party is untrue. Unconfirmed reports that the party is considering wield the big stick on the former governor over his refusal to mend fences with leaders of the party since the fallout of the governorship primary which he lost to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the incumbent governor of Lagos state. It was also reported that Ambode has refused to visit Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, his benefactor since he left the office and has not shown any commitment to the affairs of APC both at the ward, local and state levels. However speaking with Daily Independent, Abiodun Salami, the Deputy Publicity Secretary of the party said the report is u...
Court Freezes Accounts Linked To Ex-governor, Ambode, Over N9.9bn Alleged Fraud
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Court Freezes Accounts Linked To Ex-governor, Ambode, Over N9.9bn Alleged Fraud

A Lagos Division of the Federal High Court on Tuesday ordered the freezing of three bank accounts allegedly linked to the Lagos State government and former governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, over an alleged N9.9 billion fraud. Chuka Obiozor, the judge, ordered the temporary freezing of the accounts, domiciled in Zenith Bank, Access Bank, and First City Monument Bank, following an exparte application brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. According to the EFCC, N9.9 billion was paid from the state government’s accounts into the FCMB account opened on September 17, 2018, and operated by Adewale Adesanya, the permanent secretary in the Office of the Chief of Staff to Mr Ambode. The anti-graft commission urged the court to freeze the account pending the conclusion of th...
Ambode Speaks On Dumping APC For PDP
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Ambode Speaks On Dumping APC For PDP

Former governor of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode has spoken on his rumoured planned defection from the All Progressive Congress, APC, to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. There have been speculations in some quarters that Ambode was disappointed he did not make the ministerial list President Muhammadu Buhari submitted to the Nigerian Senate. Many had thought the nation’s leader would compensate Ambode for losing his return ticket to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Buhari picked two nominees from Lagos and Ambode lost out. Those picked were ex Lagos Governor and immediate past Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, and the Managing Director of Nigeria Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Sen. Olorunnimbe Mamora. But Habib Aruna, Ambode’s spokesman, in a...
Buhari Drops Ambode, Re-appoints Fashola As Minister Representing Lagos
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Buhari Drops Ambode, Re-appoints Fashola As Minister Representing Lagos

President Buhari has dropped the plan to appoint the past Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode as the Minister representing Lagos and has settled for the past Minister of Works, Housing and Estate, Babatunde Fashola. My State News learnt that President Buhari who has promised to unveil his Ministerial list this Month has vowed to the Governing Council in Lagos state headed by the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Tinubu to drop Ambode and re-appoint Fashola as Minister who will represent Lagos State. According to a leaked report, President Buhari has constantly rejected the recommendations from Bola Tinubu for the Minister who will have Lagos slot. The President has insisted on listing the immediate past Governor of Lagos State, Akinwumi Ambode for th...
Buhari’s Cabinet: Ambode, Bindow, Abubakar To Get Ministerial Appointments
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Buhari’s Cabinet: Ambode, Bindow, Abubakar To Get Ministerial Appointments

There are strong indications that the immediate past governors of Lagos , Adamawa and Bauchi states, Akinwunmi Ambode , Mohammed Bindow and Mohammed Abubakar , may be part of President Muhammadu Buhari’ s next cabinet. Saturday PUNCH learnt that the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress had resolved that all the APC governors who lost their re -election bids would “ automatically ’ become the ministerial nominees for their states. Ambode , Bindow and Abubakar failed in their re - election bids in the last general elections. The APC Organising Secretary , Adamawa State chapter , Ahmed Lawan , confirmed the development. Lawan , who said the leadership of the party had yet to call for any list from the state chapter, however , said Bindow might be “ automatically ” no...
Mercy Aigbe Trolled For Hailing Governor Sanwo-olu
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Mercy Aigbe Trolled For Hailing Governor Sanwo-olu

Mercy Aigbe has been trolled on by social media users for hailing Governor Sanwo-Olu, shortly after the Lagos State Governor shared an Instagram post. Social media users who trolled on Mercy Aigbe for hailing Governor Sanwo-Olu, brought up her alleged affair with former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. Sanwo-Olu had shared a photo with the caption; "We owe it to you all to be accountable for our every action. We are aware of the realities on ground, hence our push from day one. Good roads, housing, security, good education, clean environment, effective transportation channels, affordable and qualitative healthcare, etc are our rights and not privileges. Therefore, we will continue to strategize, work and collaborate with relevant agencies and authorities of different sectors to ensure we’...
Governor Sanwo-olu Signs 2019 Budget
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Governor Sanwo-olu Signs 2019 Budget

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has signed the 2019 appropriation bill into law. Igbere TV reports that Sanwo-Olu signed the state’s N873.5bn budget and three other separate bills into law on Monday. This is coming about three months after the Lagos State House of Assembly passed the bill at the floor of the House. Igbere TV recalls that the bill was presented by the immediate past governor of the state, Akinwunmi Ambode, in February 2019.
Lagos Tightens Noose Around Ambode
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Lagos Tightens Noose Around Ambode

LESS than 72 hours after the change of governorship baton in Lagos State, strong indications have emerged that a humiliating probe is likely on the way for the immediate past governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, over alleged financial misdeeds. A sympathiser of the former governor, however, told Saturday Tribune on Friday that the camp of the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, believed to be behind the plot, would not dare. “This one (Ambode) isn’t the one before him (Babatunde Fashola) who didn’t want to roll in the mud with pigs. Let them try it and see,” he said. The shocking broadside from Ambode’s Secretary to the State Government, (SSG), Tunji Bello, on his former principal, hours after the new governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu took over, is be...
Full Text Of Governor Ambode’s Farewell Address To Lagosians
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Full Text Of Governor Ambode’s Farewell Address To Lagosians

Outgoing Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has bade farewell to the people of the state, as his tenure ends tomorrow, May 29, 2019. He lost his re-election bid after he failed to win the primaries of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos last year. The National Leader of All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu-backed Babajide Sanwoolu, is the incoming governor of Lagos State to succeed Ambode. Ambode, on Tuesday, published his farewell address, on his official website and social media accounts. FULL STATEMENT: My fellow Lagosians. With a heart full of gratitude, I address you today for the last time as your governor. It has been an honour and a privilege of a lifetime to serve you for the last four years. It has been a remarkable journey...
Farewell Broadcast: Ambode Shuns Tinubu, Gives Special Recognition To Buhari, VP
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Farewell Broadcast: Ambode Shuns Tinubu, Gives Special Recognition To Buhari, VP

There seems to still be a ‘cold war’ between outgoing Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, and national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu. This is as the outgoing governor only gave special thanks to President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo without mentioning Tinubu in his farewell message. The in a farewell broadcast to officially mark the end of his administration message was aired repeatedly on Lagos Television and monitored by our correspondent. Ambode refused to specifically mention Tinubu but specially thanked his wife and family members. He also thanked the Executive, the Legislature, the Judiciary; leadership, elders and members of All Progressives Congress (APC). He also appreciated the Local Government Councils and...
Ambode Changes Twitter Profile To Former Governor
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Ambode Changes Twitter Profile To Former Governor

Outgoing governor of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday edited his profile page on Twitter and changed his designation to read “former governor.” This is coming about twelve hours to the end of his tenure as governor of Lagos state popularly known for its “Aquatic Splendour.” In two separate tweet posts few minutes after editing his profile, Ambode also announced that he has handed over the reins of the government in the state to “His Excellency, Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu, after a rewarding 4-year experience.” He thanked Lagosians for their supports and cooperation while he held sway as the number one citizen of the state.
We’ve made impact in the last four years — Ambode
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We’ve made impact in the last four years — Ambode

The newly commissioned Lagos Theatre, Igando by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Ambode spoke at the commissioning of Agric-Access Road, Egan, Lagos Theatre, Igando and Egan-Ayobo Link Bridge, all located within Ikotun-Igando Local Council Development Area, LCDA, of the state. He also appealed to Lagosians to accord same support and cooperation his administration has enjoyed to his successor,  Babajide Sanwo-Olu. He said: “When our administration came into office, one of our cardinal promises was a government of inclusion. We were committed to a government where nobody, community or people will be left behind. As a result, we were determined to address the challenges of gross infrastructural deficit, flooding and erosion which the people around this senatoria...
To The Workaholic Governor of Lagos State – Eedris Abdulkareem Drops Farewell Song For Ambode
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To The Workaholic Governor of Lagos State – Eedris Abdulkareem Drops Farewell Song For Ambode

Veteran Nigerian rapper, Eedris Abdulkareem has just dropped a farewell song in honour of the outgoing executive governor of Lagos state, His Excellency Akinwunmi Ambode who he says 'will go down in history as one of the most energetic, people oriented and workaholic chief executives of Nigeria's bursting commercial nerve centre and centre of excellence known as Lagos state'.   According to Eedris. 'Akinwunmi Ambode who came into office on May 29, 2015, is going to leave a very big pair of shoes that will be hard to fill in the Alausa government house when he eventually hands over the reins of power to Babajide Sanwo Olu on the 29th of this month of May 2019, after 4 years of uncommon achievements and meritorious service'. It's note worthy to remark at this juncture that mo...
President Buhari commissions newly reconstructed maternity institute
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President Buhari commissions newly reconstructed maternity institute

President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the newly constructed building of the Institute of Maternal And Child Health also known as Ayinke House located at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital in Ikeja. The building which is the biggest maternity hospital in Nigeria was upgraded from 80-bed facility to 170-bed healthcare centre. The president was followed by ministers and special advisers. Other dignitaries include Governors of Ogun (Ibikunle Amosu ), Oyo (Abiola Ajimobi), Ondo (Oluwarotimi Akeredolu), Ekiti (Kayode Fayemi), Adamawa (Jubrila Bindow); the deputy governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu; Lagos State Governor-Elect, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat; Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, among others Governor of Lagos state, Akinwunmi Ambode, descr...
Tinubu And Fashola Owe $1.43bn Foreign Debt Not Me – Governor Ambode
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Tinubu And Fashola Owe $1.43bn Foreign Debt Not Me – Governor Ambode

The outgoing Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has explained that the current foreign debt owed by the State Government was inherited from previous administrations before his tenure which began in 2015. This is a clear attempt by Governor Ambode to distance himself and his administration from the $1.43 billion foreign debt which the Lagos State Government currently owes. According to him, during his four-year tenure, his administration never took foreign credit facility to run State activities. The Governor, who made the disclosure during an interview, said that despite the numerous infrastructure the State Government had planned for the development of the State, the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) did not seek foreign option for financial support. Before Gove...
Traditional rulers and not Tinubu opposed Ambode’s second term bid- Oba Durosimi says
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Traditional rulers and not Tinubu opposed Ambode’s second term bid- Oba Durosimi says

Oba Abedina Durosimi, the Osolu of Irewe Kingdom in Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State, has said that contrary to public opinion, the second term bid of Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, failed because the traditional rulers in the state, and not Bola Tinubu, worked against it. Recall that in October last year, Ambode failed to secure the APC governorship ticket for the 2019 election. Rumors were rife that he fell out of favor with Bola Tinubu and so he was denied the re-election ticket. However in this new interview with The Sun newspaper, the monarch said the traditional rulers in the state worked against Ambode because he failed to carry them along in all of his administration's plans. The monarch added that Ambode unlike other past governors, concentrated development ...
Ambode Would Have Surpassed Achievements Of Tinubu, Fashola If…’ – Wale Ogunade
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Ambode Would Have Surpassed Achievements Of Tinubu, Fashola If…’ – Wale Ogunade

A political analyst, Wale Ogunade, on Wednesday said the governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, would have surpassed the achievements of his predecessors if he had not ignored the political structure that brought him to power. Mr Ogunade, who is the president, Voters Awareness Initiative, spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, while assessing Mr Ambode’s performance ahead of his exit from office next month. Mr Ambode lost his bid to return to office for a second term during the All Progressives Congress, APC, primary election, losing to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who became the party’s candidate in the March 9 governorship election and would be succeeding him on May 29. Unlike Mr Ambode, his immediate predecessors, Babatunde Fashola and Bola Tinubu spent eight years each...
President, Drogba, Eto’o to Play at Ambode Farewell Match
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President, Drogba, Eto’o to Play at Ambode Farewell Match

The organising committee for the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode farewell football match has confirmed that former World Footballer of the Year and President of Liberia, George Weah, and notable world football legends, including Didier Drogba would play at the high profile game. Ambode will be leaving office on May 29 after his bid to get a second term failed. However, the epoch-making match will come up on May 18 in Lagos. The Chairman Organising Committee for ‘The Match’, Nigerian ex-international, Wahidi Akanni, in a statement in Lagos yesterday, disclosed that the game was aimed at giving Mr Ambode a befitting farewell. “Governor Ambode has served Lagos meritoriously for four years, so the match will be played at the newly remodelled Onikan Stadium on May 18, which is 11days to ...
Ambode Hails Lagosians For Remaining Steadfast With APC.
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Ambode Hails Lagosians For Remaining Steadfast With APC.

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has inaugurated the state transition committee to ensure a seamless transition to the next administration on May 29. Ambode lauded Lagosians for remaining steadfast and committed to the progressive ideals, which the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), has sustained in the last two decades and still continuing. The governor, who spoke through the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Tunji Bello, at the ceremony at the Cabinet Office Conference Room,  Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, added that a smooth transition to the next administration was imperative to ensure that the machinery of government continues to roll smoothly. He described Lagos as a delicate state with very significant importance in the economic importance in t...
Ambode Inaugurates Transition Committee
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Ambode Inaugurates Transition Committee

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday inaugurated a 20-man Transition Committee. The governor was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Tunji Bello. Bello and the deputy governor-elect, Obafemi Hamzat are the co-chairmen of the committee. The committee is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring smooth transition of power from the outgoing administration to the incoming to be led by Governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Complete All Ambode’s Projects Before Starting New Ones, Sagay Tells Sanwo-olu
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Complete All Ambode’s Projects Before Starting New Ones, Sagay Tells Sanwo-olu

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor-elect of Lagos state has been charged to ensure the completion of ongoing projects in Lagos State which Akinwunmi Ambode, the outgoing governor may not complete because of time. Giving the advice in Lagos in a chat with Sunday INDEPENDENT, Prof. Itse Sagay SAN, Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) also advised that Sanwo-Olu should not embark on new projects until he has completed all the current projects being undertaken by the Ambode administration. He also asked Sanwo-Olu to emulate President Muhammadu Buhari who has commissioned majority of the projects left behind by the Goodluck Jonathan administration. He said, “My advice to the governor-elect of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu is that he should complete a...
Ambode, Ajimobi, Akpabio Grace Osinbajo’s Thanksgiving Service In Ogun
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Ambode, Ajimobi, Akpabio Grace Osinbajo’s Thanksgiving Service In Ogun

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo with wife, Dolapo and other dignatries at the post-2019 general elections thanksgiving service in Ikenne, Ogun state on Sunday. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday was joined by Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, his Oyo counterpart, Abiola Ajimobi and dignitaries at a thanksgiving service for President Muhammadu Buhari/Osinbajo’s victory at the just concluded presidential polls. The ‘Interdenominational Service of Praise and Thanksgiving’ is currently holding at Obafemi Awolowo Square in Osinbajo’s hometown, Ikenne, Ogun state. The VP’s Wife, Mrs Dolapo, Ogun state Governor-elect, Dapo Abiodun; Senator Godswill Akpabio, former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro are also in attendance.
Lagos APC Crisis: Sanwo-olu, Ambode’s Rift Deepens, Avoids Each Other
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Lagos APC Crisis: Sanwo-olu, Ambode’s Rift Deepens, Avoids Each Other

The crisis rocking the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which almost polarised it before the 2019 general elections, is far from over as investigations revealed that Akinwunmi Ambode, the outgoing governor of the state and Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor-elect, are not on talking terms despite being members of the same party. Sources in the party said since he won the governorship election, Sanwo-Olu had failed to visit Ambode or acknowledged the governor’s role in his acceptance speech after being declared winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Instead of visiting Ambode, the man who would hand over the reins of governance to him, Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, however paid courtesy visit to Pr...
Ambode: From Governor-General To Political Orphan – By Temidayo Akinsuyi
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Ambode: From Governor-General To Political Orphan – By Temidayo Akinsuyi

“I recognize the Governor of Lagos State who by my own assessment is the Governor General of Nigeria. I say so for a very good reason. It is not a question of age of the occupant of that office or his tenure. It is simply an attestation to the fact that the economy of Lagos is about the summation of the economies of 30 states in Nigeria. One will be deceiving himself not to recognize that fact” – Rauf Aregbesola The above was the statement made by former Osun State governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, in July 2017 when the outgoing governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, paid him a courtesy visit at Government House at Oke-Fia, Osogbo. To many political observers, that Ambode is worthy of that appellation is not in doubt. He performed excellently well to the satisfaction of Lagos...
Ita Faji tragedy: UN speaks on collapsed building in Lagos
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Ita Faji tragedy: UN speaks on collapsed building in Lagos

The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, said he is “shocked and saddened’’ over the collapse of a three-storeyed building, which left many pupils dead in Ita Faji area of Lagos Island on Wednesday. DAILY POST reported that at least, 50 children have been rescued by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), as well as other security agencies. The Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Stephane Dujarric, disclosed this on Thursday at a regular news conference, NAN reports. He said: “The Secretary-General will be writing to the government of Nigeria to express his condolences.” On Wednesday, at least 12 pupils have been confirmed dead following the collapse of the three-storey building which housed a primary scho...
Ambode Visits Scene Of School Building Collapse In Lagos Island
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Ambode Visits Scene Of School Building Collapse In Lagos Island

The governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode has arrived the scene of the building collapse on Lagos Island where over 100 school pupils are reportedly trapped. The Governor, who came in at exactly 2:45pm, said from the briefing he got from the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency boss, 25 bodies have been rescued so far. He said, “I’ve been briefed that the building is a residential building accommodating an illegal school on the second floor. “The rescue team are fully in charge and they will continue with the rescue operation. But I appeal to people to give the rescue workers a chance to save more lives.” He, however, said the state government will carry out an integrity test on buildings around the area and demolish and any that fails the test.
Gov Ambode Approves N10m for NOC Building Facelift
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Gov Ambode Approves N10m for NOC Building Facelift

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, as approved a grant of N10 million to the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) for the renovation of some part of its building complex and the National Stadium in Lagos. The news of the approval was conveyed by the leadership of the Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC) during a courtesy visit to the NOC yesterday and the LSSC team led by Dr Kweku Tandoh, Chairman, Governing Board congratulated Mr Olabanji Oladapo who received them and other elected board members for their victory at the polls in Yola, Adamawa State last year December. Tandoh thanked the NOC Secretary General for his great support towards the Table Tennis ITTF Nigeria Open and other events, Lagos State has been enjoying overtime. He charged him to let his wealth of exp...
Babajide Sanwo-Olu defeats Jimi Agbaje with over 500k votes to become Lagos State governor-elect
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Babajide Sanwo-Olu defeats Jimi Agbaje with over 500k votes to become Lagos State governor-elect

Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has won the Lagos guber polls. He defeated Jimi Agbaje of the Peoples Democratic Party and dozens of other contenders who contested for the highly coveted office.   In what is being regarded as a landslide victory, Sanwo-Olu and his running mate, Obafemi Hamzat won in all 20 Local Government Areas in the state. The All Progressives Congress also cleared the available 40 legislative seats at the Lagos State House of Assembly in a reclaim of what it lost in 2015.   In the official result released by INEC, Babajide Sanwo-Olu polled a total of 739,445 votes to defeat Jimi Agbaje who polled 206,141 votes.   This is the third time Jimi Agbaje will be losing the Lagos guber elections having previously lost to the last two occupants of th...
Lagos Government Speaks Ahead of Polls
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Lagos Government Speaks Ahead of Polls

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Wednesday assured that adequate measures had been firmed up to ensure a hitch-free election on Saturday. The governor, therefore, urged eligible voters in the state to come out en masse to vote. Ambode gave the assurance while addressing newsmen on the forthcoming polls, after the state Executive Council meeting at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja. Ambode said every necessary arrangement to ensure smooth voting had been made, adding that the peace and security of the state was paramount to his administration. “I want to assure that we will try as much as possible to ensure that the coming elections – governorship and House of Assembly elections, go very well. “We want to also assure all Lagosians of their safety and also to let...
Ambode Denies Working For Atiku Against Sanwo-olu’s Election
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Ambode Denies Working For Atiku Against Sanwo-olu’s Election

Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has denied reports of him pitching camp with Atiku Abubakar against Lagos APC governorship candidate Babajide Sanwo-Olu's election. There were reports claiming that the governor was using his close ally, Tokunbo Afikuyomi, to campaign against Sanwo-Olu and APC. Governor Ambode in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna, said that he would never take any action to undermine the prospects of the party in the ongoing elections. Read the statement below The statement reads: “The attention of the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has been drawn to a report in today’s edition of The Nation newspaper, Friday March 1, 2019. “Specifically, the contentious report, which was published on the newspaper’s front pa...