Governor Ambode of Lagos State, Hands Over Power To Sanwo-Olu 24 Hours Ahead, Absent From Inauguration Ceremony & Gets Huge Blasting From His SSG

A lot has happened in Lagos State, between the outgoing governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, and incoming governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The dou had an intimate private meeting on Tuesday night, at the State House, Alausa, Lagos. Where Akinwunmi Ambode handed over the reins of leadership to Sanwo-Olu, and the Deputy Governor-elect, Dr Obafemi.
Sanwo-Olu, while briefing State House correspondents, said that Ambode gave him useful advice, and also handed him state documents that contained his administration’s exploits and achievements, in the last four years.

And as a result of that meeting, governor Ambode also announced that he will not attend the formal inauguration of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

According to Ambode, the new governor deserves to enjoy his historic day without having him share in the glory with him.

Ambode’s press statement, which was read by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Habib Aruna, this morning, congratulated Sanwo-Olu, and also emphasized that his successor should be allowed to be the star of his inauguration.

“I have already formally handed over reigns of power in the state to the new governor, in a most cordial and convivial ceremony at the State House yesterday.
“The formal inauguration should have Mr Sanwo-Olu as the star of the day. I don’t think that glory should be shared with him by my presence.”

He also said he was confident that with the prayers, cooperation and collective support of Lagosians, the new government would succeed in the excellent tradition of progressive governance, which the state was known for.

Meanwhile, the outgoing Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello, also released a press statement, where he criticized Ambode and indirectly blamed him for their woes.

While saying that their government had no soul, he also said they lacked the emotional intelligence needed to handle political affairs in a democratic setting.

Read the press statement below

The exit bell has sounded and it is time to say good bye to colleagues. We must seriously thank our Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, for bringing all of us together in the last four years.

We must praise him for the successful strides in bringing Lagos to the present level. All the accomplishments and success stories of this administration should go to him.

We should be happy too because we are directly or indirectly part of that success stories being his lieutenants. We should be happy for the opportunity provided and experience gained. It is not what you can buy on the shelf even if you have all the money. We should also be happy and thankful to God for seeing us to the end.

Yet as we depart on our individual sojourn, we must never forget to learn from our glaring weaknesses and failures. Since we are all part of the success stories we must also share in the weaknesses and failures.

Our main drawback is our Government’s inability to apply enough emotional intelligence in the administration of the state. Emotional intelligence includes interpersonal skills, interpersonal relationship, humility, respect for the well established mores of governance, disregard for the accomplishments of others.

The belief that our way is the best without considering other options in a democratic setting, absence of wider consultations, distance from the governed, lack of effective communication skill or amateurish display of government acts and political immaturity. Deliberate and open alienation of others. We undertook gigantic projects without the soul. We were too self opinionated and narrow in our approach to governance.

It is a big drawback, which prevented the administration from returning because it was punished for its lack of inclusiveness in a democratic setting.

In leadership, emotional intelligence is 70 per cent of application while individual brilliance is only 30 percent. Successful leaderships across the world in history have thrived on this fact.

Besides, and apart from lack of enough camaraderie compare to previous administrations, our cabinet has been less rigorous, less fulfilled, less engaged and less accomplished. And for the first time since the time of Governor Lateef Jakande, this cabinet departs unappreciated and disenchanted.

But dear colleagues, irrespective of all the set backs and disappointments, let us thank God Almighty for his mercies and benevolence and we leave with strongest belief that tomorrow belongs to HIM.

I wish all success in our future endeavors as we continue to remember one another!

Tunji Bello
Secretary to the State Government.

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