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There have been rumours that Tokunbo Abiru, the APC candidate for Lagos East senatorial  district bye-election is planning to replace Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in 2023 from some quarters.

In a swift response, the APC Publicity Secretary, Seye Oladejo accused the opposition party of peddling the unfounded rumour and said its a false report.

According to the spokesperson in a report by Daily Independent, the party is focused on the bye election scheduled for October 31, added that the aim of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is to cause disaffection in the APC and distract Governor Sanwo-Olu from delivering the dividends of democracy to Lagosians who overwhelmingly for him in the 2019 general elections.

“The report that Abiru is being prepped to replace Governor Sanwo-Olu in 2023 came from the camp of opposition because we won’t have a governorship election until the next two and half years. So, our party and Abiru as a candidate is focusing on the assignment at hand”.

“The opposition will want to throw a spanner on the wheel to cause disaffection in the ruling party, perhaps that’s why they remain as permanent opposition in Lagos State”.

“But nothing can be farther from the truth, Abiru is focusing on the ticket he got from APC and I enjoy some personal relationship with him and I can tell you that he is not even thinking beyond the present mandate he has. But it will suit the propaganda of the PDP to say that somebody is being prepped up to take over from the governor and you can see that the governor didn’t even respond to that”.

Oladejo also said despite the challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Sanwo-Olu has been able to surpass the expectations of Lagosians in key areas of governance.
According to him, the pandemic brought out the best in the governor as the way he managed the situation earned him applause both from within and outside the country.

“Governor Sanwo-Olu has been able to surpass the expectations of the majority of Lagosians in the past one year. When one is coming into government, a lot of unexpected and unpredictable issues play themselves up”.

“ The pandemic threw up the leadership quality in the governor, he was on top of it in words and action. Lagosians were able to leverage on that and have confidence in the government they elected”.
“To put the icing on the cake, he was always communicating, doing daily briefing twice or thrice in a week; making sure Lagosians are abreast of the plans of the government to ameliorate situations, provide medicals and support at all levels”.

“Let’s take the pandemic out, which has been more or less a big distraction to his governance. Since the pandemic has been easing out, we are all aware of lots of activities going on in the government under the THEME agenda. Just last week, 255 roads and power projects across the state have been approved, reaching out to the grassroots”.

“These are impactful projects and not propaganda. I even feel the government is not saying enough about activities going on in the seat of government in Alausa; he remains a silent worker and achiever and I’m very sure the majority of Lagosians are very happy and proud that they voted him in as a governor”.

Recalled that Ex Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Polaris Bank Limited, Tokunbo Abiru, announced his retirement from the service of Bank, effective August 31, 2020, having completed his second two-year tenure at the helm of the Bank.

In an emotion-laden farewell message to staff of the Bank, Mr. Abiru explained that having served meritoriously in the banking industry for nearly three decades, he had resolved to retire to enable him contribute his quota in other areas of the society.

He joined politics to enable him to take a shot at the senatorial slot for Lagos East District which became vacant following the death of Senator Adebayo Osinowo who died on June 15, 2020.

After his announcement to join the Senatorial race, people have been saying he would likely be the one to unseat the governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu in 2020 election but as the party denied the case, will it die down or we should keep our eyes opened? Time will tell.

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