Nigerian politics: I’m wiser now ― Ambode

Outgoing Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, having navigated the unpredictable political terrain of the country in the last four years, says he has grown wiser now.

Despite his best efforts, the governor was denied a second term ticket to return to Lagos State Government House by his political party leaders in the state who chose Babajide Sanwo-Olu in his place.

Speaking to State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Monday, he said he had normally seen himself as a technocrat but the time he spent in office has changed his perception.

Asked to say the lesson he has learnt in politics, Ambode noted: “You see, every politician learns every day. The fact remains that I came in as a technocrat. So, I use to call myself a techno-politician but I think I am wiser now. I am more of a politician than a technocrat.”

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The governor said he was at the presidential villa on a “thank you” visit to the president for visiting Lagos to inaugurate some of his administration projects recently.

On what he wants to be remembered for on leaving office, he said: “Well, in another 16 days or so we will be leaving office but what is important is that I was able to have that opportunity to be elected as governor of Lagos State and to touch humanity in a way that I deem it fit.”

“We did our best and most importantly the projects we did were people friendly and people centred. I just think a lot more people have enjoyed the benefits and dividends of democracy than we actually met it. And that gives me joy that we were able to touch lives.”

“Wherever you find yourself, just make positive difference to people and Nigerians. That is the whole essence of service. I’m grateful that I had that opportunity.”

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