The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has stated that he is physical fitness to contest in the 2019 elections.
Recall that GovernorAkinwunmi Ambode had addressed a public gathering on September 30, that the former commissioner had undergone rehabilitation at Gbagada General Hospital.
While reacting, Sanwo-Olu, however, denied the claim on Sunrise Daily, a live programme of Channels Television, on Wednesday.
The ex-commissioner stated that in politics, people are bound to make unfounded allegations in a bid to gain the upper hand.
He said, “This is me. I’m 53 years old. I’m sure I’m older than all of you (programme anchors).
“I missed my exercise this morning just because I needed to come here. But you know, in all of the things you’ve talked about, people get overly excited. For whatever it is, emotions will rise.
“People will say things that they haven’t corroborated very well. People will say things that they haven’t checked.
“It’s not him (Ambode) that would have gone there to check; someone must have hurriedly said that and just in the bid to catch up, you hold on to anything.”
On his plans to improve Lagos, Sanwo-Olu revealed some of his plans including tackling the challenge of gridlocks and bad border roads if elected Lagos State Governor in the 2019 elections.
He noted that if elected governor, he will solve the challenge of gridlock in Lagos by putting in place various measures both simple and complex.
“I have come up with five levels of plans called the five pillars. The first one is traffic management and transportation, we are going to be heavy on that. I have done a study in the last six weeks, people have complained a lot about traffic management.
“We have identified a lot of gridlocks that we are going to be solving. Some are very easy to solve while some are very humongous. We will put in structures as little as reducing roundabout, putting traffic lights, to difficult measures as physically taking away somethings that are impeding traffic.
“Traffic and transportation is one of the pillars, the next one is what we call environment and health,” he said.
He also revealed the plan to eliminate bad border roads, especially between Lagos and Ogun State.
According to him, one of the major bad border roads which will be fixed is the Lagos-Badagry expressway which he described as a West African transnational road.
“One of the major plans we have is the Lagos-Badagry express road which is not just an intercity because it cuts across Agbara and going towards the Seme-border. It is also a West-African transnational road. The road is such an important corridor that we are going to fix.
“Regarding all other state border roads, it is for us to have collaboration with Ogun State government and say let us look at the budget. This road, five kilometres goes into your own state, seven kilometres goes into my own state. Let’s check the numbers. What are the trade-offs? Who has the comparative advantage? Who is collecting revenues on these corridors? I might be a bigger brother because I probably have a bigger budget. So, we deal with it and solve it.”
When asked what makes him think that he is the preferred candidate in the race for the governorship seat, Sanwo said he got a resume rich with 17 years in the private sector and 13 years in the public sector.
He also disclosed that he has worked with three governors and have been a three-time commissioner in the state.