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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

WHO IS THE NEXT GOVERNOR OF LAGOS?

 
HON. ADEYEMI IKUFORIJI
SENATOR GANIYU SOLOMON

Many names are been bandied around already though the election that would chose who to replace the incumbent is still far off. Many are of the opinion that the choice of who to replace the current action Governor lies solely with the Asiwaju of Lagos, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu. But our findings shows that it might not be that easy. 


Already as we speak, much politicking is already ongoing in the background, so as to position those who feel they deserve to be the next to vie for the post. But as much as the party in power in Lagos is planning ahead for the next election. The main opposition party is not resting in their bid also to wrest Lagos away from the party on the throne right now. 
 
MUIZ BANIRE


Many names have cropped up in recent times, some of those we have heard about are the likes of former Commissioner for Environment and a top Chieftain of the ACN, in the person of Alhaji Muiz Banire, also on that list is Senator Ganiyu Solomon, a close ally of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, another is Obafemi Hamzat, the current Commissioner for Works in the administration of His excellency, Babatunde Raji Fashola, another also is Mr. Tunde Fowler, the current Tax boss in Lagos, he is the boss of the Lagos State Internal Revenue, another prominent name that has cropped up is that of the Permanent Secretary, Lands in Lagos State, Barrister Hakeem Muri-Okunola, who is the youngest amongst all the names being mentioned, another name we have heard in passing is that of another Commissioner in the present administration, in the person of Gbolahan Lawal. Mr. Lawal used to be the ADC to Asiwaju before and his lot has grown ever since then. One other name that used to be more prominent before was that of the current Speaker of the house in Lagos State, in the person of Honourable Adeyemi Ikuforiji, but that name has gone to the back-burner since the scandal on the mismanagement of a colossal N7 billion. With many of these prominent names coming up daily, many do not know where the pendulum would swing in the case of the Asiwaju, who many believes holds the aces. And just like the Asiwaju did before in his choice of BRF, he might go ahead to surprise everyone again, by totally overlooking all those jostling for the post presently. 

But one very influential person many might be overlooking right now, but whose support might be very important for whoever should emerge to run for the election as the boss of Lagos in the next election, is the current incumbent. As much as people might not be looking his way, his say would be of utmost importance.  Also ready to spring a major surprise as long as they put their house in order is the PDP, but their surprise would depend on them choosing a fantastic personality to represent them.  

Some are of the opinion that ACN or would it be APC then, might not have it so easy this time around ooo. This might be because of some actions taken by this current Government that some might not have liked.




Time would tell anyway. And election time would soon be here. So lets wait and see.

49 comments:

Anonymous said...

All these guys are thieves now, maestro man
From Fowler - if fowler becomes the governor of Lagos state am sure he wl be holding his tea party in dubai every Monday, if he could spend so much money on his daughters wedding bn just LIRS helmsman, Ah this one wl run Lagos down in few hrs no be joke o

Muiz ke? Muiz na ogbologbo now, a man who took leave of absentia from Unilag as a lecturer to become commissioner years ago and up till now he stl gets paid by Unilag, stl get to keep his apartment in Unilag staff quarters, these guys are greedy folks now

Fashola has to put his thinking cap on well before handing over in 2015 otherwise all these loafers wl run what he has toiled day/night for n Lagos down in 1 day o

In short, I go come back, I dey night duty

HYBUnny

Anonymous said...

Tundefowler keee he will become gov of woman affairs ~ all these people have no credibility what soo ever they re busy stealing and stealing we need someone new someone with credibility someone like us who will listen to us ~ its time for asiwaju to stop runing lagos we all know he collects 50 percent of lagos earnings ask the tax man ~ we want a change

Aproko said...

Asiwaju will never pick Fowler, Fowler that gave Asiwaju some hundreds of millions of naira to be a senator that Asiwaju had to say "aduru eleyi lori je ninu owo tax payers nikan".
Tinubu is also greedy but then he's got some sense and he's truly passionate about Lagos growth.
Other names listed, Banire seems more of an option. Otherwise, a totally new person...

Fan said...

HYBUnny; it's not Fashola's decision to make. That decision lies solely with the Lion of Bourdillon - Asiwaju Senator Emeritus Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

All these names will fall by the wayside. Fowler? He will clean out Lagos and betray Tinubu. Plus BAT would rather give it to a Moslem and a Christian as DG. Banire; lost out since. Solomon is too strong minded and BAT won't be able to control him. HMO? He's worse with women than Fowler. He may get someone quiet like Ashafa or even Obafemi Hamzat.

I can't see PDP wrestling Lagos from ACN or APC.

Gbogbo Bigz Girlz said...

Ashafa is not young anymore. A younger person prob in his 40s is the next governor. Yes, a totally fresh person. All those listed aren't fresh and will not let ojuyobo control them.

Anonymous said...

Loyalty matters and for Ashafa he will keep the oath and do what his oga says. Age shouldn't be a problem.

Anonymous said...

Glad to see Maestromedia's blog witches Aproko, Gbogbo bigs girlz talking good. Waiting for what Mama born girl and Me again will say.
I started to fear them after they "showed" Paula, Keke and Ayo.

Aproko said...

Anon 11.19am, you're a fool and worse that those you called blog witches cos you've crammed names of blog commenters and their comments. You should be afraid of yourself for all the info about Paula, Ayo and Keke you and your frenemies let out. Obviously you know the 3 to single out their names. There won't be a second time...

Anonymous said...

@Fan yes I know it's solely ojuyobo's final decision but one thing u shd know is that he's a baddest gbewiri and wl not want a competitor which all these guys are
He'll prefer to be stealing all and look for someone that wl be dealing wt d crumbs
Anyway 2015 is here, na here we go dey now see how far
One thing I know Tinubu wl not sell Lagos, even if he tries it, Lagos wl be a bad market he no go see am sell

HYBunny

Anonymous said...

All these mentioned politicians have nothing over Prince Gbolshan Lawal the present commissioner for Agric and 8 years ADC to Tinubu. He is young, calm, intelligent and well connected, check out is works on Agric and Cooperative, he has learnt alot from both Tinubu and BRF and he's probably the only pure lagosian among the mentioned. Most importantly he the problems and also knows the solutions.....A.B

Anonymous said...

Who's gbolshan lawal? The name is GBOLAHAN LAWAL. Yes I agree with you, his name has been ringing bells too. I personally think he's too calm, but because he's really close with BAT, his chances is equally high as Ashafa. I don't know if he's that close with BRF though. I know he's well liked and respected. We wait snd see. ...T.l

Anonymous said...

@A.B get your spellings right. Anyway, Gbolahan lawal is another brand of brf, he doesn't talk much but can surely get the job done.....fatai

Anonymous said...

I think the race is between Ashafa., Gbolahan lawal, GOS and Banire, all of them except GOS are BAT boys. But realistically, it will wine down to Gbolahan and Ashafa with gbolahan having a slightly decent tracked record.....bj

Anonymous said...

@ bj it's not going to be a easy decision for anyone to make, I agree all of them are asiwaju's boys but I think brf is going to want to show he's the incumbent. I just know it's not going to be as simple as people are thinking. I prefer gbolahan or banire, but people are saying banire might not be interested. .....people

Anonymous said...

All well said and nice analysis of these good guys of lagos but I want to tilt a bit to muiz and gbolahan. In muiz lagos will have a no nonsense administrator, his activities as the helm of affiars at the environment ministry, he actually ensured that issues related to that ministry are promptly dealt with and thus we have a moderate flood problem also muiz is a lawyer he know to act within the purview of the law ...eko

Anonymous said...

In gbolahan lawal I think we have an allrounder, I remember his role during the regime of BAT, he was adc per excellence, his knowledge of security of lagos is tight and his coming back as the SSA special project brought about the biggest youth emperwerment we have witnessed in the state for so long, the agric youth emperwerment where I think gov fashola really highlighted during the second term campaigns. He now head the almost forgotten agric ministry where he has turned it round to a vibrant ministry, with world bank and other international bodies are flooding lagos with all sort of projects. He has inaugurated all sort of farmers assisted projects. I also think he has a good educational background too .... eko

Anonymous said...

@eko; You seem very vast in Lagos state politics but rememberbTinubu is from Lagos West, while Fashola is from Lagos Central; Hamzat and Ipaye are from Lagos West and Central, respectively.Out of the frontline candidates, Ashafa, who represents Lagos East Senatorial District, is the most favoured, based on the zoning system as Solomon is from the Lagos West District, which produced Tinubu...g

Anonymous said...

This is for your information eko;The dream of Senator Ganiyu Solomon to succeed Governor Babatunde Fashola in 2015 had a set back when the traditional rulers in Lagos said that he is not going to succeed Fashola as the governor. The Oba of Lagos, HRH Oba Rilwan Akiolu said that those parading themselves as the next governor of the state are day dreaming, adding that it is only God who will determine who is going to be next governor after Fashola. Oba Akiolu stated this when he was reelected as the chairman of the Council of Obas in Lagos state,  According to him, efforts should be geared towards searching for somebody who would continue in the same pace with the good developmental works going on in the state by the administration of Fashola.

Anonymous said...

Well can only speculate on the candidate the party might field however so, we r trying to highlight the quality of individual candidate. It is also important to mention that the chairman of the party has been out claiming that the party does not operate zoning system. A good vibrant candidate is all that is needed to continue the good work of brf. An haculian task. ..eko.

Anonymous said...

Why all of a sudden people are now talking about GBOLAHAN LAWAL, have I missed something? ...oba

Anonymous said...

Go eko, you have said it all. If gbolahan's corner is any good he can succeed brf, he has achieved loads in few years. Gos or no gos lagosians are now aware. Ashafa might have money but it won't be enough in this coming saga. Tinunbu and brf must agree though. ... folake

Anonymous said...

I will vote for any one who can improve on security, poverty and youth empowerment, it look like gbolahan is that man, eko can you please compare gbolahan and banire and blog your opinion? Thanks. ...mk

Anonymous said...

@mk, like I said banire is a good leader, a sound attorney and a no nonsense administrator. All these can be seen at during his years at the cabinet and even now as the legal adviser to the party. While gbolahan activities could be trace back to his works as the adc for almost 8yrs. It is also worth mentioning the transformations at mins agric, any one conversant with lagos state activities could testify to how moribund the ministry was before gbolahan. I recently learnt he has masters in the prestigious SOAS (school of oriental and Africa studies. ) eko

Anonymous said...

Guys I think it more certain for Hamzat than any one you've been mentioning, gbolahan might have a better record but it really depend on brf, Ashiwaju and party leaders......more money

Anonymous said...

Can anyone blog who's more educated among all these guys....abi

Anonymous said...

Lagos is too big for any half educated fellow to be aspiring for the state highest political post. Most of these names are well and soundly educated in best schools both here and overseas. At least those that we av been talking about. ....eko.

Anonymous said...

@ eko:This is my own analysis, the party needs to work with the interests of other stakeholders who are involved in the ongoing merger talks. The party has to do more on enlightenment strategy to convince the electorate that some of the recently enacted laws are in the peoples interest.However, there are a couple of people who have publicly declared their governorship ambitions and those that are doing so either by proxy or by body languages.Senator Ganiyu Olanrewaju SolomonGaniyu Olanrewaju Solomon popularly called GOS by his admirers is, currently the Senate Minority Whip. He declared his governorship ambition on One-on-One programme of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), believing he has what it takes to govern Lagos State. He appears to be the most experienced among the aspirants having been an elected Local Government Chairman, once a member of the House of Representatives and now in the Senate for the second term. He is from the West Senatorial District, a district that can produce the next governor.Muiz BanireDr. Muiz Banire is the current National Legal Adviser of the ACN. He joined ex-governor Bola Tinubu’s cabinet at 32 and served for 8 years as Commissioner for Transport and later of the Environment. A very smart, intelligent and a strong party loyalist, Banire as clout, he commands respect and he is a grassroots mobilizer. The diminutive politician is also from the western axis of Lagos State as Solomon. Cumulatively he has put in 12 years in the service of Lagosians as commissioner.Obafemi HamzatDr. Quadri Obafemi Hamzat is the son of the respected ACN leader, Alhaji Olatunji Hamzat, now a monarch. The brilliant scholar was the pioneer Commissioner for Science and Technology, the ministry he used to midwife the miracle that saved the state from losing money to ghosts through the famous Oracle. He was later appointed Commissioner for Works, a position that was left vacant for four years after the exit of Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the state of Osun. Keen watchers see Hamzat as one who would balance the equation regarding the interests of Tinubu and Fashola.Political watchers would not be surprised if he succeeds his boss, Fashola, because of his versatility and experience that earned him the portfolio of Science and Technology in August 2005, a position he held till June 2011 before his present office.Gbenga AshafaBareehu Olugbenga Ashafa, former permanent secretary in the ministry of lands is now a Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District in the Senate. He is also being considered for the number one job in Lagos. He commands respect in the party, where he is regarded as a levelheaded individual who could serve as bridge between the elite and the masses. Critics say he needs to spend another term in the Senate for more experience but that notion comes into insignificance when related to Governor Fashola who was never in the National Assembly but became a reference point in Nigeria as far as performance is concerned.Going by where he comes from, Ashafa may be considered because the Ibeju/Lekki axis of the state has never occupied the office of governor in the state....adekola

Anonymous said...

Guys i think you have been shallow minded, what about people like Ikuforiji, obanikoro, ogundiimu, dosumu, folami, salis and fowler, can you really rule them out?...femo

Anonymous said...

@adekola, brilliant analysis thanks. However so, the current popularity waves of some of this undeclared contestants can not be left without mentioned. Majority of them are brilliant administrators. Although they have not come out like distinguished senator Gos but one can tell from their moves that they are equally highly interested in the position. ...eko

Anonymous said...

Thanks eko....can you blog your sincere opinion on commissioner femi hamzat. Do you really think he has a chanc? And, if not gbolahan, then who is? .....adekola

Anonymous said...

I have a very close relationship with gos and ashafa and regarding the guber, I haven't seen any other persons as ambitious and determined like the two of them. I really think the race is between them.....funso

Anonymous said...

Hi guys, is it true that this blog site is owned by lagos state government? .........aremo

Anonymous said...

@adekola, am kind of flattered with your request of my sincere opinion of obafemi hamzat. Anyway, I strongly believe that hamzat is a very good and hardworking person. The kind of person that have a very systematic approach to problem solving and a very good team builder/player. If given the opportunity to lead the state, there is no atom of doubt in my mind that he will do a good job. His chances; like we have all be saying politics is a very unpredictable game, hamzat father leads a very strong version of ACN till he went to his home state to become a monarch. I am not sure how the version card and the obaship of baba hamzat will play out, lets wait and see.
On gbolahan, himself is a good guy, young brilliant and very knowledgable bloke. He is well accepted by all the versions of the party. He has a vast knowledge of lagos politics and a good achiever. I believe majority of lagosians are calling for him haven seen what he has done in terms of employment opportunities, empowerment for youths, housing for farm settlers and attraction of international bodies to lagos agric sector and also because he his a full blown lagos origin. If all these will make the party to anoite him is another contention. The race is however not between these two alone, lots of good guys are still out there.....eko

Anonymous said...

@ eko: thanks for sharing your options, up till recently that people started blogging their opinion on gbolahan, I never thought he was in the race, but reading your blog and other blogers on this site has really given me another way of looking at things. It's going to be really interesting to see how the whole thing turns out....adekola

Anonymous said...

With the security situation of the country at the moment considering the state of emergency declared in some state, one tend to wonder if security of life and properties won't take a front line in the choosing of the next governor. Since the governor is also the cheif security of the state. ...eko

Anonymous said...

DR FEMI HAMZAT PROFILE.

Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat is a product of the University of Ibadan where he graduated with B.Sc. Honours, Second Class Upper Division in Agricultural Engineering (1986) and M.Sc. in Crop Processing Engineering (1988). He thereafter proceeded to the famous Silsoe College, Cranfield University,Englandwhere he obtained a Ph.D. in System Process Engineering in 1992. To his credit, he was the first student to complete his doctoral degree within three years in his Department at Cranfield. He also holds a certificate in Computer/Windows Programming (1995) of the BaruchCollege, City University of New York, USA.
A professional engineer, thorough-bred systems integrator, seasoned administrator and consummate manager of men and materials, Engr. Dr. Hamzat has had over two decades of work experience in diverse areas of engineering practice including project management, computer networking, enterprise system assessment, engineering system design and implementation. He has, during this period, held enviable positions in different world-class international organizations, including the following Human Resources Administration Case Manager, City of New York, USA, March 1993 – January 1996, Adjunct Professor, College of New Rochelle, New York, USA – February 1995 – January 1997 and Associate Director, Desktop/System Support, RTP Consulting Services, New York, USA – Adjunct Professor, College of New Rochelle, New York, USA – January 1996 – June 1997.
He was a Consultant on System and Infrastructural Upgrade, Citibank NA/Compaq Computer Services,New York,USA, June 1997 – September 1999 and Adjunct Professor, CTA Programme,Columbia University,New York,USA, September 1998 – June 2000. He works with Oando for few months as a CTO in the company before he was appointed as a Hon commissioner for ICT in lagos.
In recognition of his versatility and global experience in engineering practice and ICT development and deployment, Engr. Dr. Hamzat was appointed the Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Science & Technology, Lagos State in August 2005, a position he held with distinction till June 2011. Thereafter, he was reappointed Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure by Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola’s administration on July 4, 2011.

Anonymous said...

Interesting profile, the question is how can Mr Hamzat deal with challenges such as unemployment, insecurity and youth empowerment currently facing Lagos State. We have read about some of the achievement of other guys like the Commissioner of Agriculture in this regard. ..ngok

Anonymous said...

Can someone blog what commissioner hamzat achieved all these years in government office. I don't even think his name should be mentioned among potential lagos state governor. We still have to check if he's really a true lagosian considering the fact that his father was recently crowned in ogun state?......jojo

Anonymous said...

@ ngok, it appears all road is leading to Gbolahan if he's interested......jojo

Anonymous said...

@ jojo, dont forget bat is in the shoes, so it really doesn't matter whether or not someone is a true lagosian.......tope

Anonymous said...

It's still too early for anyone to say all roads are leading to Gbolahan......oloto @jojo

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know for sure if gbolahan is interested in becoming the next lagos state governor. From reliable sources, he seems not to be showing any interest...k

Anonymous said...

Hmm!....All well said guys, but let wait and see.

Anonymous said...

The information from a very reliable source is that BAT has actually endorsed Commissioner Gbolahan Lawal as the successor for BRF, but Senator Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon and Commissioner Femi Hamzat are still having problems with the decision. For BRF, it doesn't matter who succeeds him so long as the person is generally accepted by the party and he's ready to continue from where he stops. BRF would have preferred Hamzat, but Gbolahan is the more sellable and probably the only ACN candidate that can pull enough votes to defeat any candidates from other parties, considering the fact the people like Obanikoro are still are waiting and would definitely take advantage of any weak candidate coming out of ACN. Hamzat's problem is his father - a crownd king in Ogun, can a proving Ogun indigen wins Governorship election in Lagos State? Not this day and age. ......funsho

Anonymous said...

I googled Gbolahan Lawal and read his profile and all his achievements since he has been the head of Agric ministry, I was surprised, the man has actually done alot on few months and he's also very educated, I think he also attended Harvad. ...hmm

Anonymous said...

Hey guys, it seems the race to state house marina is heating up o, I sincerely wish people's opinion and wishes would count and the party will pick a more popular candidate. It look as if gbolahan lawal is very sellable and very popular, he have an all round quality, one will be forced to like him and accord him a huge respect once one takes time to read through his profile and google him. He look like one of those people that believe in the saying that when your work or action is speaking for u, all u do is keep quiet. For me I am more concern on a candidate that that also have security experience, one can only imagine what would have happened if BRF is not security minded. It shouldn't be about the candidate that is out there spending the most money or proclaiming the do or die reason. Eko

Anonymous said...

A more dug into gbolahan lawal profile will reveal more than just Harvard, there is a mention of courses at Cambridge, world bank Institute, the isreal school of security and conflict management and the prestigious SOAS in london. However so, is lagos state ready for a politics of the best takes all? Eko

Anonymous said...

Prince Gbolahan Lawal, a full blood of Ojora-Oniru Ruling families was born on Friday 24th July, 1970 to Late Chief Taoreed Akanni Lawal- Akapo and Alhaja Muinat Abeni Lawal-Akapo.
EDUCATION: 2010:  World Bank Institute Washington DC, USA 2007-2008:  MSc. Violence, Conflict and Development .School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK.
 2006:  Programme for Senior Executives in National and International Security - Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. 
2000:  Advanced Detective Course – Nigeria Police Staff  College, Jos.  
1996–1998: Cadet, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) –The Nigeria Police Academy.  
1988-1992:    BSc. Botany - University of PortHarcourt. 1982-1987:    St. Gregory's College, Obalende.
1976-1982:  Holy Trinity Primary School, Lagos.
WORK EXPERIENCE:
July 2011: Appointed Commissioner for Agriculture & Cooperatives.
2008- 2011: Appointed Senior Special Assistant to the  Governor on Special Projects and Coordinator, of the acclaimed Lagos Youth Agriculture-based   Empowerment Programme (Agric-Yes).
2002-2008:  Aide-De-Camp to erstwhile Governor of Lagos State Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
1998:  Assistant Superintendent of Police - Nigeria Police Force.
1996: Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police Nigeria Police Academy.
1994-1996: Scientific Officer II Raw Materials Research and  Development Council (RMRDC).
1992-1993: NYSC- Federal Capital Development Authority,  Abuja. 
HOBBIES: Travelling, Music, Meeting people, Sports, Arts and Watching movies.
MARITAL STATUS: Married with children.

Anonymous said...

Hmm.. very good profile, this is the type of guy we need he has conquered the three areas of human necessities, SECURITY, FOOD AND SHELTER, keep it up Gbolahan. ...ike