Babajide Sanwo-Olu

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Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu
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Governor-elect of Lagos State
Assuming office
June 12, 2019
SucceedingAkinwunmi Ambode
Personal details
Babajide Olusola Sanwo-OLu

(1965-06-25) 25 June 1965 (age 53)
Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
Political partyAll Progressives Congress
Alma materUniversity of Lagos
London Business School
Lagos Business School
Institute of Management Development
John F. Kennedy School of Government

Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu (born June 25, 1965) is a Politician from Lagos State and the 2019 Lagos State gubernatorial election candidate for All Progressives Congress who contested and won the gubernatorial primaries under the All Progressives Congress against incumbent governor, Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State in October 2018.[1][2] He is a graduate of the University of Lagos, as well as the London Business School, Lagos Business School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Prior to his gubernatorial ambition, he was the Managing Director/CEO of Lagos State Property Development Commission (LSPDC). [3][4]. On March 10, 2019, he was declared Governor-Elect of Lagos State by the Independent National Electoral Commission.


Sanwo-Olu has a BSc in Surveying and an MBA from the University of Lagos. He is an alumnus of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the London Business School and the Lagos Business School.[5]

He is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) and Fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Training and Development (NITAD).[citation needed]



Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu was the treasurer at former Lead Merchant Bank from 1994 to 1997 after which he moved to the United Bank for Africa as the head of foreign money market. He then proceeded to First Inland Bank, Plc (now First City Monument Bank) as a deputy general manager and divisional head. He was the chairman of Baywatch Group Limited and First Class Group Limited. He is a board member of the Department for International Development (DFID/DEEPEN) Fund and Audit Committee of Caverton Offshore Services Group, PLC.

Public service[edit]

Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu began his political career in 2003, when he was appointed a Special Adviser on Corporate Matters to the then deputy governor of Lagos State, Femi Pedro. He was later made the acting Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget until 2007, when he became the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry by then Governor, Bola Tinubu. After the General Elections of 2007, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu was appointed Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions by Governor Babatunde Fashola. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu was made Managing Director/CEO of the Lagos State Development and Property Corporation (LSDPC) by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in 2016.[6][7]

Some of his notable public sector achievements include the supervision of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) privatization projects.[8] He set up and was the Pioneer Board Chairman of Lagos Security Trust Fund. The LAGBUS System and the Control & Command Centre in Alausa were subsequently established under his directives.


On 16th September 2018, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu formally declared his intention to run for the office of the governor of Lagos State under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Party, making him a major contender to the incumbent governor Akinwunmi Ambode.[8]

His declaration attracted endorsements from major stakeholders in Lagos State politics; including the Governor’s Advisory Council of the Lagos chapter of the All Progressives Congress[9] and members of the Lagos State House of Assembly,[10] which led to withdrawal of Dr. Femi Hamzat,[11] a governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress APC in Lagos from the gubernatorial race.

He won the Lagos gubernatorial primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on 2nd October 2018. At the APC flag-off campaign rally held on 8th January 2019, Governor of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode, and 63 political parties lent their support for the candidacy of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.[12]In a landslide victory, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu was elected to the Office of Governor of Lagos State at the 2019 General elections for Lagos State which held on 9th March 2019.[13]


Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has obtained a variety of awards in his career, some of which include:[7]

  • Platinum award from the Lagos State Public Service Club.
  • 2009 Best in Human Capital Development award from the Industrial Training Fund (ITF).
  • Merit award from the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria.
  • Merit award from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management in Nigeria (CIPMN).
  • Merit Award from the Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN).
  • LSDPC Impactful Leadership and Recognition Award.

Personal life[edit]

Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu is happily married with children to Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu.


  1. ^ Adekunle (3 October 2018). "Breaking: Ebri's panel declares Sanwo-Olu winner of Lagos APC primary". Vanguard. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  2. ^ Opejobi, Seun (2 October 2018). "Tinubu 'anointed' candidate, Sanwo-Olu defeats Ambode in Alausa". Daily Post. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  3. ^ Nwafor, Polycarp (12 September 2018). "Babajide Sanwo-Olu: the cool, calm, dynamic technocrat who wants to unseat Ambode". Vanguard. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  4. ^ Olasupo, Abisola (2 October 2018). "Ambode's deputy declares support for Sanwo-Olu". Guardian. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  5. ^ Olafusi, Ebunoluwa (13 September 2018). "CLOSE-UP: Ex-UBA official, UNILAG graduate… meet Sanwo-Olu, Ambode's challenger". The Cable Nigeria. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  6. ^ Nwafor, Polycarp (12 September 2018). "Babajide Sanwo-Olu: the cool, calm, dynamic technocrat who wants to unseat Ambode". Vanguard. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  7. ^ a b Egbas, Jude (13 September 2018). "7 Things to know about the man who could become the next Governor of Lagos". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  8. ^ a b Adeniji, Gbenga (17 September 2018). "Sanwo-Olu formally declares ambition, PDP reiterates offer to Ambode". Punch Nigeria Newspaper. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  9. ^ Adeniji, Gbenga (30 September 2018). "GAC endorses Sanwo-Olu for Lagos APC gov ticket". Punch Nigeria Newspaper. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  10. ^ Adeniji, Gbenga (29 September 2018). "Lagos APC primary: 36 lawmakers back Sanwo-Olu". Punch Nigeria Newspaper. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  11. ^ Adeniji, Gbenga (29 September 2018). "Lagos APC gov primary: Hamzat steps down for Sanwo-Olu". Punch Nigeria Newspaper. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  12. ^ Oyewole, Nurudeen (8 January 2019). "Gunshots at Lagos APC rally as 63 parties endorse Sanwo-Olu". Daily Trust Newspaper. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
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