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Babajide Sanwoolu Biography: Profile, Age, Family, State Of Origin Of Lagos APC Governorship Aspirant

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Baba Jide Sanwo-Olu Biography: Profile, Family History & Life Story of Lagos State APC Governorship Aspirant

Update: Jide Sanwo Olu has won the APC Lagos Gubernatorial primary election. He defeated his opponent by a wide margin.

The much anticipated APC Lagos state Gubernatorial primary election has been shifted to Tuesday, 2nd October, 2018. The two leading contestants are the incumbent governor of Lagos state, Akinwunmi Ambode and his Tinubu-backed rival, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. We bring you the profile, family and life history of the man, who is seeking to dethrone Akinwunmi Ambode from his seat as the Governor of Lagos state.

Over the past weeks, the upcoming APC primary election in Lagos state has created serious political tensions between and among APC stalwarts within Lagos state and beyond. The primary cause of these tensions stemmed from Tinubu’s unexplained support of Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the expense of the incumbent governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, for the Governorship position of the state.

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Tinubu has chosen one of his loyal boys, Babajide Sanwo-Olu as his ordained candidate. So, who is this Babajide Sanwo-Olu?.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu Biography

The Tinubu-ordained APC governorship candidate in Lagos state, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, was born on June 25, 1965 in Lagos. He had a fairly good upbringing, in the midst of a well groomed christian family.

Most of Sanwo-Olu’s education life has been in Lagos. He graduated from the prestigious University of Lagos, where he studied and obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Surveying. Shortly after obtaining his B.Sc., he proceeded to acquire his masters degree. He re-enrolled into the University of Lagos and duly obtained his MBA in Surveying.

While Sanwo-Olu is a trained and certified surveyor, he has a strong knack for business. He enrolled at the Lagos Business School, where he acquired his advanced business training and duly obtained his degree in Business Administration. He also attended the Business School in London, where he obtained his MBA.

Sanwo-Olu, as a corporate guru who knows the importance of governance, enrolled at the United States’ Kennedy Institute of Government. He was aptly trained in the area of government administration and civil responsibilities.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who is a trained Surveyor, started his career on a much different path. He was able to carve out a desired career path for himself and subsequently started out as a banker. He was, to say the least, highly successful in his chosen field of banking.

Sanwo-Olu’s Banking Career

Sanwo-Olu is well known for his success in the banking sector, with banking experience spanning well over a decade. He took up several roles and served in various capacities in three top commercial banks in Nigeria; First City Monument Bank (formerly known as First Atlantic Bank), United Bank of Africa (UBA) and Lead Bank PLC.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu‘s highlights as a banker started in the mid 1990s. He was appointed/promoted to the position of a Treasurer at the Lead Bank PLC. In this capacity, Sanwo-Olu was tasked with the prime responsibilities of overseeing the Liquid asset of the financial institution. He was also tasked with the daily management of the overall funding requirements of the bank. His tenure in this role lasted for only three years. He left the role in 1997 and subsequently left the bank for UBA.

While at the United Bank of Africa (one of Africa’s leading banks then and now), Babajide Sanwo-Olu rose to the rank of a Senior Executive Manager. He doubled as the Chief Head of UBA’s Money Market (Foreign). His primary responsibility in this role entailed management of UBA’s Liquidity and profit enhancement.

The Lagos state Governorship aspirant also headed UBA’s Strategic team. His team oversaw the bank’s entire investment banking among other important functions. Sanwo-Olu achieved significant success in his executive position at UBA and another top bank came calling for his services, with a much better offer.

Sanwo-Olu became the Deputy General Manager of First Atlantic Bank PLC (now First City Monument Bank – FCMB). He was charged with the responsibility of liaising with top companies in the country, as an expert Corporate financial analyst and advisor.

After about a decade at the top of the Nigerian banking sector, Sanwo-Olu decided to opt for a career transition, with the aim of infiltrating other private and public sectors.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu Career in the Private Sector

While, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has had his fair share of success in the Banking sector, he was equally successful in other businesses he ventured into, in the private sector. In fact, he was more successful in his other career endeavours in the private line.

Armed to the teeth with his corporate certifications, membership and experience, his success in the private sector is no fluke. He is a certified member of prominent management institutes in the country. Sanwo-Olu was trained in Personnel Management and holds the prominent membership certificate of CIPM (Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement). This is in addition to his certification by NITAD (Nigerian Institute of Training and Development).

Over the past 15 years, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has served as a board member of several top companies in Lagos and Nigeria as a whole. Apart from being a board member, he also acted in a consulting managerial capacity (chairman) for some of these firms. Some of these firms include:

  • PowerCap consulting – a private power consulting company in Lagos.
  • COSG – Caverton Offshore Services Group (Sanwo-Olu was a board member).
  • Baywaych Group of companies – Constructions and Real estate (Sanwo-Olu acted in the capacity of a Chairman).
  • LLNL-Light Level Nigerian Limited – a private digital solution firm (Sanwo-Olu acted in a directorial capacity).
  • First Class Group – with specialty in cooling mechanism. A support firm of many telecom giants in Nigeria.
  • Wow! Interiors – Interior design and house planning.
  • Beryl Shelter – a real estate coy.

The above are some of the top companies, where Babajide Sanwo-Olu held (or still holds) stakes. In some of these companies, he was the CEO/Chairman/Director. In others, he was only a stakeholder.

While Babajide Sanwo-Olu has been extremely successful in the private sector, his exploits in the public sphere has, thus far, been much more successful.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s Career in the Public Sector

This part of Sanwo-Olu’s career is by far the most significant. This portion of his career and the inherent achievements have stood him out. These have constituted the major highlights of his campaign. His exploits in the public space is, without doubt, his selling point in his quest of becoming the most powerful individual in West Africa’s richest city, Lagos.

Sanwo-Olu has been hailed by many as an apt specialist in the areas of human development and strategic planning. He has acted in several capacities in the Lagos state government from 2003 to date.

In 2003, during the tenure of Lagos state’s godfather, Tinubu, Babajide Sanwo-Olu was appointed as a Special Adviser by Tinubu’s deputy, Femi Pedro. He acted in the capacity of Special Adviser to the deputy governor on Corporate matters. This appointment set him up politically for the best thing to come. Fifteen years down the line, he’s became the favoured choice to take up the mantle of leadership in Lagos state.

A couple of years after his appointment, Sanwo-Olu was given the directive to oversee the ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, in an acting capacity.

Four years after his political appointment, he was appointed by the outgoing governor, Tinubu, as a substantive commissioner, to head the Lagos state Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The ministry is arguably the most important unit of the Lagos state government, with regards to its work functions.

After the 2007 election came Babatunde Raji Fashola, a candidate handpicked by Tinubu. Fashola relieved Sanwo-Olu of his role as the commissioner of Commerce and Industry. He, however, reappointed him to head the ministry of Establishment, Training and Pensions. Sanwo-Olu held this office for good 8 years. He left the office in 2015, after the expiration of Fashola’s governorship tenure.

As emphasized above, from 2003 to 2015 (12 full years), Babajide Sanwo-Olu has been involved in the core operations and governance of Lagos state. He has worked successfully with two past governors of the state, Tinubu and Fashola. He, however, faces a more challenging ordeal, in his quest to oust the incumbent governor and fellow party member, Akinwunmi Ambode.

Currently, Sanwo-Olu is serving in Ambode’s government. He is the Managing Director of Lagos State Property Development Company. A government owned setup, which oversees housing and urban development in Lagos state.

Sanwo-Olu vs Ambode

The major battle for Lagos state’s governorship throne seems to be the battle at the primary level. APC being the ruling party at both the state and national levels, the eventual winner of the primary election is likely to become the governor of the state, come February, 2019.

Few days ago, Ambode held a world live press conference, where he launched some scathing attacks and accusation at his supposed enemy, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. He alleged that, Sanwo-Olu was arrested during his time in the United States, for spending fake dollar bills. The governor also claimed Sanwo-Olu is mentally unstable and unfit for office. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has since dismissed all the allegations levelled against him by Ambode as untrue.

While Babajide Sanwo-Olu has the backing of the Lagos state political godfather, Tinubu, Akinwunmi Ambode has the power of incumbency, subtly augmented by Federal might. The outcome, however, relies much on Tinubu, who, as the Chief Kingmaker of Lagos state, doubles as the National leader of the APC. The ordained candidate of Tinubu is no other person than Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu.

The primary election, which was originally scheduled to hold on Monday, October 1, 2018, has been postponed. The rescheduled date has been fixed for Tuesday, October 2, 2018. Fingers crossed! We are patiently awaiting the outcome of the primary election. Who do you think would emerge victorious? Akinwunmi Ambode or Babajide Sanwo-Olu?

Sanwo-Olu Family

Sanwo-Olu, who hails from a Christian home, is happily married with kids. Babajide Sanwo-Olu is married to Dr. (Mrs) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, their marriage is blessed with four kids.

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  1. Jibowu Idris

    October 1, 2018 at 7:40 PM

    This man is a genius. From his look to his charisma, the charming manner he addresses the public and the calm aura around him, everyone will surely fall in love with him.

  2. Kemi Killer

    October 2, 2018 at 4:21 AM

    Please is this man from Lagos State. What local government is he from. Tinubu always bring his aborigines rule Lagos State.Even in Osun State where he comes from,he does not have that power. I am sorry for you one day will bring an lgbo man as your governor.

    • 'Nonso Azih

      October 3, 2018 at 12:05 PM

      @Kemi Killer. Why are you so worried about Sanwoolu’s state of origin than his perceived or actual competence? If Nigerians can hold political offices in UK and other parts of the Western World, what is the big deal in asking to know if a gubernatorial hopeful is actually from Lagos? If you can discriminate against your own brother from the West, how much more an Igbo or Hausa man. Your unpardonable tribalism goes to show in a most disgusting manner that we are far from freedom and development in Nigeria. Your last paragraph against the Igbos is as distasteful as it is puerile and must be condemned by all well meaning Nigerians. I trust that one day, you will grow beyond your myopic ethnic prejudice and purge accordingly yourself of your morbid, atavistic tendencies.

    • Omo Eko

      October 6, 2018 at 10:02 PM

      Don’t mind the criminals they are all unanimous in the their collective will to rob Lagos indigenes of what belongs to them. They all can never be as tolerant, civil and accommodating as the indigenous people of Lagos. Haven’t we been kind and accommodating enough?

      All of these people seek and want a piece of Lagos whereas Lagosians have no access to their states and resources which they keep exclusively for themselves yet they come here and talk about competence over indigenship …

      You can go to the North and East to contest for political office and see what will happen… Even among our so called Yoruba brothers, you cannot as a Lagosian contest election in Osun, Ogun, Ekiti or Ondo… whereas they are all given the free space to live, prosper and even rise to the highest office in the Lagos. This is the height of hypocrisy and ill will a vet accommodating people can receive…

    • joseph

      December 16, 2018 at 8:30 PM

      The biography of sanwoolu does not show the primary and secondary he attended.also the state of origin,local government and compound where he was born,as well church he worship from childhood.if you know all this pls tell me?

  3. fifelomo

    October 2, 2018 at 5:36 AM

    He has a very successful achievements so far….he looks smart and ready to have his share of the national cake.

  4. Anike

    October 2, 2018 at 11:24 AM

    Everyone chosen as Governor of Lagos state is a genius until they offend Jagaban or refused to follow the laid down blueprint. Let us wait and see

  5. Ikyange Terkimbi

    October 2, 2018 at 2:19 PM

    I am strongly in support of him, his profile alone just speak for him

  6. Dabiri yusuf

    October 2, 2018 at 3:23 PM

    i believe in proverb which say that the devil you know today is better than the angel that will have not know he will come and do ,.
    From my own little knowledge of Nigeria politics of today since when i was born today they are still talking about the work of Jakande, then with trust, mandate, coperation the lagosians give to fashola and he did is best but only fault in fashola government he can’t create a even of empolyment but distroying the little scale peoples use for their daily bread but not too far he try his own bit that peoples can point at but the Embarrassment by so called LASTMAN, VIO, AGBERO(NURTW) and so is too much but which under ambode everything stop such as intimidation from my own little say is that when this your so call sanwo-olu get their should remember the masses have it in back of mind that Godfather own today and current why the masses and your good work you let behind will let them remember you. Thank you for understanding.

  7. iron bar

    October 2, 2018 at 4:57 PM

    Baby governor aspirant..Real governor general in SW is tinubu..The big revenue collector will one day bankrupt the region.

  8. Nosiru

    October 2, 2018 at 6:28 PM

    This is not the matter of argument is a matter of watch and see, God has given you soup now looking for meat if care is not taking with the soup and the meat…….

  9. Saheed Abiodun Alabi

    October 3, 2018 at 8:27 AM

    He will perform well during his tenure since he will receive orders from Jagaban, He looks smart and his profile speaks well of him. I wish him the best of luck

  10. Coleon

    October 3, 2018 at 9:23 AM

    Tinubu a big hopeless fool walahi. Maybe DAT was y e kill his son for more powers from babalawo. I hate DAT man like mad ambode has Don well no dout but did foolish bustard Called jagathief is DE problem odf Lag…

  11. Olusegun Adex

    October 3, 2018 at 3:03 PM

    This man just from Lagos, no area ,no family house all what they wrote is from Lagos

    • Deeone

      October 4, 2018 at 7:21 AM

      I do not know your age but one thing for sure you’ve coursed yourself. Jelousness

    • Omo Eko

      October 6, 2018 at 9:48 PM

      Hypocrites! They all speak of competence over state of origin when they’ll never allow a non indigenous person to rule their states but are quick to suggest the rubbish to influence of Lagos. Are you telling me there are no competent Lagos State indigene to govern the state?

      Bi ile o ba ti daru, omo ale ibe ko ti dagba ni…!


    October 3, 2018 at 6:57 PM

    Hummmmmm… C profile, guys complained about Ambode, let’s wait and see what Sanwo Olú will perform. Best of luck Mr sanwo

  13. alhj Duru

    October 3, 2018 at 7:24 PM

    Sanwo olu drug man

  14. Aremu Isaac Oluwadele

    October 3, 2018 at 8:20 PM

    sanwoolu shall
    not fail, sanwoolu shall not fall, sanwoolu shall not fumble in Jesus mighty name

  15. Merock Nelius

    October 4, 2018 at 8:26 AM

    Time will tell. This time 2014,it was the cry of Ambode and no other. 3 and half year down he line, is crucify him. He is said not to be a party man, offended all the party ‘jugunut’ etc.Now, it is Sanwoolu that we shouting hossana now. Let us see what will happen after 3 years. Hopefully, all the players will still be alive. I wish Sanwoolu well.

  16. Salisu Azeez

    October 5, 2018 at 12:52 PM

    People should allow Sanwo-Olu to be,he is not the person that ask Ambode to dissapoint his party leaders and also the masses in area of environment.

  17. Ewa Sylvester Jethro

    October 5, 2018 at 5:33 PM

    Lagosians have shown their lack of direction and independent will to choose a governor by themselves. Jagaban is the god of Lagos State.

    • Blessyn

      October 6, 2018 at 4:57 PM

      When it comes to election in Lagos State, I don’t see it as election but Appointment. Tinubu is the only one that dictates and orders are followed so disheartening. I pray God help us.

  18. Rotimi.A

    December 5, 2018 at 9:08 AM

    on the look of the past jagaban so to speak is very good at selections of gubernatorial candidates for Lagos state jide sanwo-olu is another talented star that I think, after one tenor in the office we would all want to re-elect.

  19. Ujah Victor

    December 29, 2018 at 6:24 PM

    Good evening your excellent, My name is ujah Victor, please I need your assistance urgently I have problem seriously I just finished my NYSC last three weeks ago and now know food for me and my family as am telling you is only garri and my wife give birth recently now there’s know food for her to it now. Also problem of accommodation seriously my landlord has give me quick notice to pack out because know money to pay for the rent . Please man of God is only you that can help me out now.i don’t know were to run to now please and please I used God to beg you please help me out from this situation. Account number: 0691754040 access bank name: ujah Victor. Thanks for rescue my family life. More anointing to you.

  20. Ayorinde Oyeyemi

    February 22, 2019 at 11:11 AM

    Hmmmm Lagos belong to all yorubas you may be asking of sanwo olu State of origin, Lagos is where the whole yorubas gather together for loving each other, have you ever been to the rest parts of Yoruba state especially osun go there and see the way they respect and love those that are Lagosian, once they know that you are Lagosian they give you your respect, this is how the lagos state are planning it, they know what we don’t know for future and what we can benefit from each other in future, have you heard it before that Tinubu build a single room at Osun or did you hear that when Aregbesola did not pay workers salary Tinubu or Lagos State pay it no even till date they have not pay it, they use their money to construct the roads and bridge, so please stop saying what you don’t know, suppose Dangote or Davido become Lagos State gov, you will say he made his money from Lagos state pocket,hmmmmmmm Tinubu great grandmother is the first woman to buy car in Nigeria.

  21. kareem kayode

    March 23, 2019 at 3:30 AM

    we are all speak we, i know sanwo-olu has somethings to deliver. thanks,kareem kayode from badagry.

  22. Mrs Oluyemisi Adetutu Akinbinu

    October 11, 2022 at 12:27 AM

    Please Mr Sanwoolu, pay my Pension / Gratuity 20 years.
    Retired voluntarily 2003 from Nursing.
    Had no single payment till present moment .
    This is Yemisi Osunlalu ( Now Akinbinu )
    From Ijebu Ife Community Grammar School
    Set 1977 -1982.
    Thank you very much.

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