Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) has unveiled former Works Commissioner, Obafemi Hamzat as running mate to its governorship candidate Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Describing the Sanwo-Olu/Hamzat ticket as a “super team,” the state chairman Tunde Balogun described them as the pride of the state, adding that they would jointly and harmoniously work for the interest of the state.
At a brief ceremony at the party secretariat along Acme Road, Ogba, Ikeja, Balogun presented Hamzat, a technocrat-turned politician, to reporters, amid cheers by party leaders.
The event was witnessed by Deputy Chairman Sunny Ajose, Vice Chairman (East District) Kaoli Olusanya, Secretary Dr. Wale Ahmed and Publicity Secretary Joe Igbokwe.
The deputy governorship candidate, who holds a doctorate degree in Engineering, was until recently, Special Adviser to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola.
Balogun said: “The highest decision making body of the APC in Lagos State and all the stakeholders have endorsed Dr. Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat as running mate to our governorship candidate Babjide Sanwo-Olu.
“After the endorsement, it is important for me to publicly and officially present Dr.Hamzat as running mate to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, our governorship candidate for the 2019 election. It is my delight and pleasure to present Dr. Hamzat.”
Hailing the decision of the party leadership, Sanwo-Olu said: “It is heart warming and gratifying that the party has endorsed Dr. Hamzat as my running mate.”
He described him as his “friend and brother” for two decades, adding that he is a man of intellect, knowledge and integrity.
“He is an ally, a confidant. Together, we will take Lagos to a greater height. He is a graduate from the University of Ibadan and he has worked in national and multi-national organisations in United States, Oando; and he has served as commissioner for science and technology, and works and infrastructure.
“He is a thorough technocrat and a politician. He has worked in the private sector; a fine gentlemen. Lagos will be better for it with him as my running mate.”
Hamzat thanked Samwo-Olu and the party leadership for bestowing the honour on him, saying he is extremely gratified by their decision.
“Lagos is dear to all of us. The survival of the black nations in the world revolves around Nigeria and Lagos is critical to Nigeria. The world is a global village. What is done in Lagos affects the world.
“I feel a sense of responsibility and honour to have been selected. We have the same chemistry. We understand the geography of Lagos. Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and myself understand what it takes to cook what Lagos will eat. We will take Lagos to the next level.”