Politics: I’m wiser now, Ambode declares ahead handover as Lagos gov


Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state said Monday that his four years stewardship of a cosmopolitan state has made him wiser now. 

The governor said this while fielding questions from State House correspondents after a close-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

“Every politician learns every day. The fact remains that I came in as a technocrat so I used to call myself a techno-politician but I think I am wiser now. I am more of a politician than a technocrat,” he said. 

He said the lessons he learnt as governor of Lagos state were enormous. 

The governor said he was at the State House to thank the president for commissioning some of the projects executed by his administration in the last four years. 

“On April 25, the president paid an official visit to Lagos State and he commissioned some of our projects. It is just significant for me to come officially on behalf of all Lagosians and show appreciation; thank him physically and wish him well during this Ramadan period and thank him for finding time and deeming it fit to commission those projects. Those projects are projects that will actually touch the lives of Nigerians and we are happy Mr. President was able to share his time with us and we are grateful,” he said. 

On what he wants to be remembered for as he leaves office in a couple of days, the governor  said: “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 central. 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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