The Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), the highest decision-making body of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos, has endorsed Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of the state, for a second term in office.
Gboyega Akosile, spokesman to Sanwo-Olu, announced the development in a post on his social media handles on Monday.
According to Akosile, the decision was taken after a meeting of the council on Monday.
“Breaking news: Lagos GAC gives nod to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s second term bid. The Governance Advisory Council at a meeting in Lagos today gave pass mark to Sanwo-Olu for staying through to the developmental agenda of Lagos.
Congratulations dear boss!” Akosile wrote.
The development comes weeks after the GAC had dismissed speculations that it had picked another candidate to replace Sanwo-Olu as governor of Lagos.
In January 2022, the council had asked the public to ignore the speculations, and described them as “false”.
“The GAC has not settled for any person to replace Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu as governor. Therefore, it is absolutely false and preposterous for anyone to suggest so,” the GAC had said in a statement issued in January 2022.
“The process of picking a Governor is clearly stated in the constitution. And contrary to the false impression the merchant of hate, confusion, discord and disharmony wanted to create with the post, there is no discussion of second term ticket by the GAC.
“It should also be pointed out that it is not within the realm of GAC to engage in picking replacements for a governor.
“Importantly, the Independent National Electoral Commission has not signaled the commencement of the process for governorship election in Lagos State.”
Meanwhile, Sanwo-Olu is yet to formally declare his intention to contest for a second term as governor.