This is a list of  Governors of Lagos State. Lagos State was formed in 1967-05-27 from Colony province and Lagos federal territory. The Office of is responsible for the effective coordination of all government activities for Lagos State.

MOBOLAJI OLUFUNSO JOHNSON (9 February 1936 – 30 October 2019) was a Nigerian Army Brigadier who served as Military Administrator of the Federal territory of Lagos from January 1966 to May 1967 during the military regime of General Aguyi-Ironsi (to July 1966, and General Gowon subsequently), and then as Governor of Lagos State from May 1967 to July 1975 during the military regime of General Yakubu Gowon As Governor of Lagos, his administration supervised the unpopular demolition of the Ajele Cemetery in the early 1970s.


In office 28 May 1967 – July 1975

Succeeded by Adekunle Lawal


Born 9 February 1936



30 October 2019 (aged 83)


Reagan Memorial Baptist School

Hussey College Warri

Mons Officer Cadet School

R.M.A Sandhurst

MILITARY SERVICE Allegiance: Nigeria Branch/service: Nigerian Army

Years of service 1959 –1975

RANK: Brigadier


Johnson was born to the family of Joshua Motola Johnson and his wife, Gbemisola Johnson (née Dudley-Coker), his father was of Egba heritage and was a member of the Royal West African Frontier Force during World War II. His grandfather’s last name was previously Osholero but he changed it to Johnson after the priest who converted him to Christianity. The Johnson family moved to Lagos during the early parts of the twentieth century. Johnson had five other siblings including his brother, Femi Johnson, founder of Femi Johnson and Company of Ibadan. Mobolaji Johnson started his education at Reagean Memorial Baptist School, Yaba, Methodist School in 1941. He then attended Hussey College, Warri, 1954. In 1955, he moved to Methodist Boys High School Lagos, the School his father attended, where he finished his secondary education in 1957. While in MBHS, Lagos, Mobolaji was a good all-round sports man. In 1959 Mobolaji attended the Officer Cadet Training School in Ghana. Mobolaji Johnson also attended the Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershot and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, United Kingdom, between 1960–1961.


Zaria Military Depot, 1958–1959.

United Nations Peace Keeping Troops, Congo

He was promoted a 2nd Lieutenant, Nigeria Army, 1961.

Lieutenant, 1962, Captain, October 1962.

Appointed Deputy Commander, Federal Guards, 1964.

Commander, Federal Guards, 1964.

Deputy Adjutant and Quartermaster-General Headquarters, 2nd Brigade, Apapa, Lagos, 1964.

Major, February 1966;

Second in command, 4th Battalion, Ibadan.

Station Commander, Benin, Midwest (old Bendel State).


At the end of the famed Biafra War, Johnson was amongst the federal delegates at the end of the war ceremony. In 1966, after the abortive coup d’etat that put paid to the first Nigerian civilian administration, he became Military Administrator of Lagos State. In 1967 he became the First Governor of Lagos State. Johnson’s tenure as Military Governor of Lagos State saw the building of major infrastructure in Lagos State.


Johnson was first appointed by Aguiyi-Ironsi as the administrator of the former federal territory of Lagos in 1966. Ironsi was the head of state and wanted someone from Lagos to handle some of the problems of the federal territory.[4] In May 1967, Lagos State was created and Johnson became the first governor of Lagos; the state was now composed of the old Federal Territory of Victoria Island, Ikoyi and Lagos Island plus the additions of the Epe, Badagry, Ikorodu and Ikeja divisions. He was involved in developing the civil service in Lagos State. Johnson was initially assisted in running the state with help from some key civil servants such as Administrative Secretary, Adeyemi-Bero, Finance Secretary, Folarin Coker, and the acting secretary to the Military Government, Howson Wright and waited until April 1968 before appointing his commissioners.

Building Lagos

60.7-kilometre international express road (Lagos–Badagry Expressway) linking Nigeria with the neighbouring countries Benin, Ghana and Togo.

Toikin Bridge to link Epe to Ikorodu

Eko Bridge

Third Mainland Bridge

A network of roads and bridges that constitutes what is modern day Lagos

Reclamation of the Bar Beach shoreline.

Another coup ushered in a new military government in 1975. A new administration came in, under an anti-corruption banner.


Johnson’s administration was responsible for the demolition and disinterment of people buried at Ajele Cemetery such as Samuel Ajayi Crowther, James Pinson Labulo Davies, Madam Tinubu, Thomas Babington Macaulay, and many others. The demolition met with a lot of criticism: Prof J.D.Y. Peele noted that the demolition had deprived “Lagosians not only of a precious green space in the heart of the city but of the memorials of their forebears”. Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka called the demolition “the violation of that ancestral place” noting that “the order came from the military governor [Mobolaji Johnson]: ‘Dig up those dead and forgotten ancestors and plant a modern council building – with all its lucrative corollaries on that somnolent spot”.


In 1975 at the inception of the General Murtala Mohammed administration Johnson was one of the two state Governors (along with Brigadier General Oluwole Rotimi) found not guilty of corruption by the three-man panel commissioned to investigate the various allegations of corruption amongst the State Governors.

General Johnson retired from the Nigerian Army in 1975 and went into private business. He had four children, three sons and a daughter.


Johnson was the Chairman of Nigerian Conservation Foundation[10]

He became a Director of construction giant Julius Berger Nigeria in 1979 and its chairman in 1996, a post he held until 2009.

Johnson was the Chairman Executive Council of Lagos State University Development Foundation.

He was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Methodist Boys’ High School, Lagos Old Boys’ National Association. He was honoured with the position because he was a distinguished Old Boy who was of great assistance to his Alma Mater.

A road, an avenue, and a sports complex in Mobalaji’s home state bear his name as well as a Housing Scheme at Lekki both in Lagos.

Mobalaji Johnson died on October 30, 2019 at the age of 83 in his home. His death was announced by his son, Deji Johnson. Deji has 3 children himself, two daughters and a son.

ADEKUNLE SHAMUSIDEEN LAWAL (February 8, 1934 – 27 November, 1980) was a Nigerian Naval Admiral who served as military Governor of Lagos State from 1975 to 1977 and military Governor of Imo State from 1977 to 1978.


In office July 1975 – 1977

Preceded by Mobolaji Johnson

Succeeded by Ndubuisi Kanu


In office 1977 – July 1978

Preceded by Ndubuisi Kanu

Succeeded by Sunday Ajibade Adenihun


Born 8 February 1934

Lagos, Western Region, British Nigeria now Lagos State

Died 27 November 1980


Allegiance  Nigeria



RANK Vice Admiral

He was born on 8 February 1934 to Mr Ayinde Sulemon Lawal and Madam Ejide Afusat Disu-Lawal in Lagos, Western Region, British Nigeria now Lagos State Nigeria.

He was appointed Military Governor of Lagos State in July 1975-1977 after the coup that brought General Murtala Mohammed to power. He held the position of Lagos State Military Governor until 1977 when he was transferred to become governor of Imo State in 1977. He held this position until July 1978, after which he resumed his career in the Nigerian Navy.

Admiral Adekunle Shamusideen Lawal started his early education at Holy Cross Cathedral School, Lagos, Nigeria (1942-1945). St Peters Faji School, Lagos Nigeria (1945 – 1949). His secondary education was completed at the Methodist Boys’ High School in Lagos (1950-1955), he studied at College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos, after which he went on to receive his Advanced Level Certificate of Education (A’Levels) in three subjects (1958). He worked with the Ministry of Works and Survey in Kano, Nigeria as Assistant Technical Officer (1959). He attended the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria (1960-1963), from where he graduated in 1963 with B.Sc.(Eng) Honors. He has a CMarEng and FIMarEng (Chartered member and a Fellow member of the Institute of Marine Engineering) and CNSE and FNSE (Chartered and a Fellow member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers). His additions professional qualifications include FSS and PSC.

Admiral Adekunle Shamusideen Lawal joined the Royal Nigerian Navy in September 1963 as a Sub-Lieutenant. In 1964 he was promoted to Lieutenant. In March 1964 he attended a Marine Engineering course with the Royal Naval Ships in Rotterdam, Holland. In 1966 he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander. From 1969 to 1971, Admiral Adekunle Shamusideen Lawal attended the Defence Naval Staff College in Wellington, India, where he received his M.Sc.(Eng). He was Chief of Material in the Nigerian Navy from 1973 to 1978 and was a member of the Supreme Military Council S.M.C. from 1972 to 1975 during the General Yakubu Gowon administration. Admiral Adekunle Shamusideen Lawal was also appointed to the Board of the Nigerian Port Authority as a full Board Member from 1972 to 1975. Admiral Adekunle Lawal also served as the Chief Engineer on numerous naval vessels including the NNS OGOJA, NNS BEECROFT and the NNS Nigeria during his time with the Nigerian Navy.

Admiral Adekunle Shamusideen Lawal was appointed military governor of Lagos State in 1975. As the governor of the most heavily populated state in Nigeria, one of the major challenges faced by his administration was managing the chaotic traffic problem in the state. During the World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, he implemented an odd-even rationing traffic system to ease congestion in the state. Car owners whose license plates begin with even numbers were not allowed on most streets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and those with odd numbers on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Admiral Adekunle Shamusideen Lawal voluntarily retired from the Nigerian Navy as an admiral in 1979, and after an illness he died in November 1980. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Taiwo Olufunmilayo Lawal (née Adesanya), whom he married in Lagos in 1965, and his six children.

Rear Admiral (retired) NDUBUISI GODWIN KANU was appointed military governor of Imo State, Nigeria in March 1976 during the military regime of General Olusegun Obasanjo. He was the first governor after the decree that established the state from part of the old East Central State. He was transferred to become governor of Lagos State in 1977, leaving office in July 1978.


In office

15 March 1976 – 1977

Preceded by Anthony Ochefu

(East Central State)

Succeeded by Adekunle Lawal


In office

1977 – July 1978

Preceded by Adekunle Lawal

Succeeded by Ebitu Ukiwe





Ndubuisi Kanu was born in Abia State in 1943 of Igbo origin. Joining the navy, he went to India for cadet training. His naval career included positions in Personnel, Logistics and Training. He obtained honorary Doctorate Degrees from the Imo State University and the Federal University of Technology, Owerri.

In July 1975 as a lieutenant commander he was appointed a member of Murtala Muhammed’s ruling Cabinet, the Supreme Military Council. Appointed governor of Imo State in March 1976, he brought in town planners to prepare a plan for Owerri.  Kanu built roads in Owerri metropolis, expanded that number of Local Government Areas to 21 and founded the Imo Broadcasting Service, which went on air in December 1976.[citation needed] He later became Rear Admiral and Naval chief.


After he retired he joined the pro-democracy movement and played a leading role in the agitation for the actualization of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election. He founded and is Chairman of RANGK LTD, a maritime consultancy, is Chairman of the Ohaneze Transition Caretaker Committee (OTC). and was Director of Fidelity Bank PLC. Kanu became a top National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) chieftain and became Chairman of the coalition in 2013.

In May 2008, Kanu called for a return to true federalism in Nigeria. In an interview in November 2008 he attacked what he called Unitarism, the excessive concentration of powers at the centre, and called for fundamental dialog between the different ethnic nationalities of Nigeria. He attributed the conflict in the Niger Delta to the lack of regional power. In another interview, he pinpointed the second stage of the General Ibrahim Babangida regime as the time when things started to go wrong, with increasingly centralized control.

He was among leaders who spoke in January 2010 at a Lagos rally of the Save Nigeria Group calling for Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan be made acting president during President Umaru Yar’Adua’s illness.

Kanu has been married thrice and has ten children – Simone, Audrey, Kelly, Karen, Paula, Jeffery, Vanessa, Samantha, Laura and Stephen.

His current wife is Gladys Ndubuisi-Kanu.

OKOH EBITU UKIWE (born 26 October 1940) is a retired Commodore in the Nigerian Navy who served as the de facto Vice President of Nigeria during the Ibrahim Babangida military government from 1985 to 1986.

7th Chief of General Staff

In office August 1985 – October 1986


Ibrahim Babangida as Military Head of State

Preceded by Maj-Gen. Tunde Idiagbon as Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters

Succeeded by Adm. Augustus Aikhomu


In office July 1978 – October 1979

Preceded by Ndubuisi Kanu

Succeeded by Lateef Jakande


In office December 1977 – July 1978

Preceded by Murtala Nyako

Succeeded by Joseph Oni


Born 26 October 1940 (age 79)

Abiriba, Abia State, Nigeria



Allegiance: Nigeria  Biafra

Branch/service:  Nigerian Navy

Years of service 1960-1986

RANK: Commodore Commands

Western Naval Command


Ukiwe was born on 26 October 1940, son of Chief Ebitu Ukiwe of Abiriba in Abia State. His father was a traditional ruler in Abiriba and Head of the Old Bende Division Local Government Appeal Court. Ukiwe joined the Nigerian Navy in 1960 as a cadet (officer), and was commissioned in 1964 with the rank of sub-lieutenant. During the Nigerian civil war from 1966 to 1970 he fought on the Biafran side. After the war, in January 1972 he was readmitted to the Navy, one of the few Igbo officers to regain their position.

Ukiwe was a member of the Supreme Military Council between 1975 and 1977. General Olusegun Obasanjo appointed him military governor of Niger state in 1977. He was re-deployed to Lagos state as governor in July 1978, holding this post until October 1979. He also in the SMC under General Muhammadu Buhari from 1983 to 1985, while serving as Flag Officer, Western Naval command. He was appointed director, Naval Faculty, Jaji (1981–1984) and Flag Officer, Western Naval Command (1984–1985). He became the Chief of General Staff in 1985 under General Ibrahim Babangida. He retired with the rank of Commodore in January 1987 after falling out with Babangida.


After retirement he joined the pro-democracy group, supporting Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, the president-elect in the June 1993 elections, who was imprisoned after General Sani Abacha took power in a coup in November 1993. He became chairman of companies such as Bitu Properties, Kobimat, Bitu Promar and Rudocons. He was adviser and consultant to Statoil (Nigeria), an offshore oil production company, for nine years.

In 2001, Newswatch magazine speculated that he could run for president in 2003, characterizing him as principled but rigid and highly temperamental, perhaps not flexible enough for the job. In 2006/2007 Ukiwe unsuccessfully ran to become People’s Democratic Party candidate for the presidency of Nigeria.

Alhaji LATEEF KAYODE JAKANDE, (born 23 July 1929) was a journalist who became governor of Lagos State in Nigeria from 1979 to 1983, and later was Minister of Works under the Sani Abacha military regime (1993–98).


In office

October 1979 – December 1983

Preceded by Ebitu Ukiwe

Succeeded by Gbolahan Mudasiru


In office

November 1993 – August 1998



23 July 1929 (age 90)

Lagos Island, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria

OCCUPATION: Journalist


Lateef Kayode Jakande was born in the Epetedo area of Lagos Island, Lagos State on 29 July 1929. Both parents are from Omu-Aran, Kwara State. He studied at the Lagos public school at Enu-Owa, Lagos Island, then at Bunham Memorial Methodist School, Port Harcourt (1934–43). He studied briefly at King’s College, Lagos in 1943, and then enrolled at Ilesha Grammar School in 1945, where he edited a literary paper called The Quarterly Mirror.

In 1949 Jakande began a career in journalism first with the Daily Service and then in 1953 joining the Nigerian Tribune. In 1956 he was appointed editor-in-chief of the Tribune by the owner Chief Obafemi Awolowo. His editorials were factual and forthright, and were treated by the colonial powers with respect. After leaving the Tribune in 1975, Jakande established John West Publications and began to publish The Lagos News. He served as the first President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN).


Encouraged by Awolowo, he ran for election as executive governor of Lagos State in 1979, on the Unity Party of Nigeria platform. He defeated his opponents, Adeniran Ogunsanya of NPP and Sultan Ladega Adeniji Adele of National Party of Nigeria and was subsequently sworn in as governor. His administration was effective and open and implemented the cardinal policies of his party. He introduced housing and educational programs targeting the poor, building new neighbourhood primary and secondary schools and providing free primary and secondary education. He established the Lagos State University. Jakande’s government constructed over 30,000 housing units. The schools and housing units were built cheaply, but were of great value. Some of the housing units include low cost estates in Amuwo-Odofin, Ijaiye, Dolphin, Oke-Afa, Ije, Abesan, Iponri, Ipaja, Abule Nla, Epe, Anikantamo, Surulere, Iba, Ikorodu, Badagry. To fund some of the projects, Jakande increased the tenement rates and price of plots of land in affluent areas of Victoria Island and Lekki Peninsula and the processing fees for lottery, pools and gaming licenses. He also completed the construction of the General Hospital in Gbagada and Ikorodu and built about 20 health centres within the state. As a governor, he established 23 local government councils which were later disbanded by the military. He also started a metroline project to facilitate mass transit. The project was halted and his tenure as Governor ended when the military seized power on 31 December 1983.


After the military take-over in 1983, Jakande was charged, prosecuted and convicted of treason, although later he was pardoned. After being freed, he accepted the position of Minister of Works under the Sani Abacha military regime, which earned him some criticism. He claimed that he had accepted the post under pressure from M. K. O. Abiola and other progressive leaders. In a later interview, he said he had no regrets about the decision to serve. However, his association with Abacha handicapped his career in politics after the restoration of democracy in 1999.

Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande became a senior member of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) when the UNPP and APP merged. In June 2002, he was “suspended” by a faction of the ANPP loyal to Chief Lanre Razaq.[9] Jakande was the first chairman of the Action Party of Nigeria (APN) when it was formed in November 2006. In May 2009, he was reported to be engaged a struggle for control of the party with his former ally, Dr. Adegbola Dominic.

Many prominent people attended his 75th birthday celebration. At this event, Governor of Lagos State Bola Ahmed Tinubu said Jakande was worth celebrating for his life of consistent commitment to public service. Imo State Governor Achike Udenwa said Jakande’s life and times epitomised “resilience, positive audacity, bravery and bravado, and a knack for excellence.”

 6.  Air Commodore GBOLAHAN MUDASIRU (1945 – 23 September 2003) was a Nigerian Air Force officer who was appointed Governor of Lagos State, Nigeria, holding office between January 1984 and August 1986 during the military regimes of General Muhammadu Buhari and his successor General Ibrahim Babangida.


In office January 1984 – August 1986

Preceded by Lateef Jakande

Succeeded by Mike Akhigbe


Born 1945

Died 23 September 2003

As governor, he continued the work of his predecessor Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande in improving schools infrastructure and the standards of teaching. He also introduced improved measures to keep the streets clean and orderly. He attempted to ban street traders, but without success. He set up committees to review the Lagos Metro line project initiated by Jakande, which recommended going ahead with the project, but it was cancelled on the orders of the head of state, General Buhari. After a major fire devastated the Oko-Baba area of Ebute Meta, Mudasiru initiated construction of a medium Income Housing Estate. After he left office, construction of schools ceased and existing buildings were no longer maintained.

Mudasiru died in London on 23 September 2003. Due to a dispute over funeral arrangements between the Nigerian Air force and the Lagos State government, he was buried in London. He left a large estate. The will was disputed, with legal battles continuing between the trustees of the estate and his widow, Mrs Foluke Madasiru and her five children as late as 2009.

OKHAI MICHAEL AKHIGBE (September 29, 1946 – October 13, 2013) was a vice admiral in the Nigerian Navy who served as de facto Vice President of Nigeria (as Chief of General Staff) during the General Abdusalami Abubakar led military government from 1998 till the termination of military government in Nigeria, in 1999. He served as Military Governor of Nigeria’s Ondo State from 1985 to 1986, and Military Governor of Lagos State from 1986 to 1988, after which he was appointed Chief of Naval Staff, the highest-ranking officer of the Nigerian Navy, and subsequently the Chief of General Staff, the highest-ranking military officer of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Armed forces. He was awarded the Nigerian national honor of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON). He died in the US on 28 October 2013.


In office June 1998 – May 1999


Abdulsalam Abubakar as Military President of Nigeria

Preceded by Lt-Gen. O.Diya

Succeeded by Atiku Abubakar as civilian Vice President of Nigeria


In office September 1985 – August 1986

Preceded by Michael Bamidele Otiko

Succeeded by Ekundayo B. Opaleye


In office

August 1986 – July 1988

Preceded by Gbolahan Mudasiru

Succeeded by Raji Rasaki


Born 29 September 1946

Fugar, Edo State, Nigeria

Died 28 October 2013 (aged 67)

New York, New York, U.S.

ALMA MATER: Nigerian Defence Academy


Allegiance: Nigeria

Branch/service: Nigerian Navy

Years of service


RANK: Vice Admiral


Akhigbe was born on September 29, 1946, in Fugar, Aviawu clan in Etsako Central Local Government Area of Edo State. and was educated at Afenmai Anglican Grammar School, Igarra from 1961 to 1965. He attended the Nigerian Defence Academy, Royal Naval School of Maritime Operations Dryad, Southwick UK, Command and Staff College Jaji, National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies Kuru, University of Poitiers, Rouan, France, and the International Defense Management Program at the Naval Postgraduate School, in California, USA.

Military Career           

He was the Principal Welfare Officer of the Nigerian Navy Flagship NNS Aradu, Military Governor of Lagos and Ondo States, Director, Naval Plans, Naval Headquarters, Flag Officer commanding the Easter Naval Command and Chief of Naval Staff.In 1998 he became the Chief of General Staff and Vice President of Nigeria. He was awarded the honour of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON), in 1998 and an honorary doctorate by the University of Benin in 2003. His military decorations include Force Service Star, Meritorious Service Star, and Defense Service Star.

Before his death, he was an Attorney with specialization in Maritime Law. He was also a seasoned businessman with substantial investments in real estate. Admiral Okhai Michael Akhigbe is remembered for his numerous services to the nation, especially his role during the transition from military to civilian rule in 1999 when he was the Chief of General Staff to Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar.

Akhigbe brought electricity to the Fugar community. He brought the administrative headquarters of Etsako Central Local Government Area of Edo State Nigeria to Fugar City.

He was the single most important factor in the rehabilitation of the Teacher’s college Ekiti, later called Ondo State College of Education. Admiral Akhigbe, then a Commodore and military Governor of old Ondo State approved the appointment of USAID-HARVARD trained educationist, Dr Sam Adebayo Adewuya as the Sole Administrator of the college with the sole command of returning the dilapidated college to functional level within three years. The college has since evolved into the University of Education, Ekiti State TUNEDIK.

Brigadier General RAJI ALAGBE RASAKI (born 7 January 1947) is a retired Nigerian military officer who was military governor in turn of Ogun State, Ondo State and Lagos State between 1986 and 1991 during the military administration of General Ibrahim Babangida.


In office 1986 – December 1987

Preceded by Oladayo Popoola

Succeeded by Mohammed Lawal


In office 17 December 1987 – July 1988

Preceded by Ekundayo Opaleye

Succeeded by Bode George

Military Governor Of Lagos State

In office 1988–1991

Preceded by Navy Captain Mike Akhigbe

Succeeded by Michael Otedola


Born 7 January 1947 (age 73) Ibadan

SPOUSE(s) Fatimat Olufunke RajiI-Rasaki


Raji Alagbe Rasaki was born on 7 January 1947 in Ibadan, Nigeria. He attended Nigerian Military School, Zaria, for his secondary education and then the Nigerian Defence Academy, where he was commissioned an officer in the Nigerian Army. He held many command and staff positions: he was Adjutant, Lagos Garrison Signal Regiment (1970–71), Commanding Officer Second Signal Regiment, Commander Signal Support Brigade (1978–79), Commander Army Signal Corps, Commander Army Headquarters Garrison & Signal Group.


Raji Rasaki was a one time military governor of Ogun State (1986–87) before his re-deployment to the nation’s economic nerve center, Lagos State, becoming that state’s military governor in 1988. Soon after, he embarked on a massive demolition exercise of illegal structures to rid the State of shanties. That singular act resulted in the re-vitalization of Lagos, and a boom in the real estate market.[citation needed]. It also earned him the nickname of “acsion governor” (action governor), a mockery of the way in which he referred to himself.

A member of the armed forces ruling council; he gained national prominence during the 22 April 1990 unsuccessful coup against the Ibrahim Babangida regime. The plotters led by the late Major Gideon Orkar had attempted to overrun the then seat of the Federal Government; Dodan Barracks, and in that process killing Babangida’s Aide de Camp, Major U.K. Bello. Late Major Orkar had announced many far-reaching declarations, which included radical restructuring of the federation bordering on the excision of five core northern States until the coup was foiled by officers loyal to Babangida. The first announcement to this effect came from the then military governor of Lagos state, Col. Raji Rasaki, who declared in a radio broadcast that the rebellion was already being contained.


Following his retirement from the army, Rasaki wrote several policy papers and memoirs. In addition he pursued a career as a statesman; participating in numerous conferences and forums. As a public speaker, he addressed audiences across the country and abroad. In 2005 he joined the Nigerian Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

In 2016, he celebrated 40 years of his marriage to Senator Fatimat Olufunke Raji-Rasaki.

Sir MICHAEL OTEDOLA (16 July 1926 – 5 May 2014) was a Nigerian politician and the former Governor of Lagos State, Nigeria.


In office January 1992 – 18 November 1993

Preceded by Raji Rasaki

Succeeded by Olagunsoye Oyinlola


Born Michael Otedola 16 July 1926 Epe, Lagos State, Nigeria

Died 5 May 2014 (aged 87) Epe, Lagos, Nigeria


National Republican Convention (NRC)

Otedola was born on the 16 July 1926 into a Muslim family at Odoragunsin, Epe Local Government Area of Lagos State.

He died on 5 May 2014 at his residence in his home town of Epe, Lagos.


After moving to Lagos to pursue his education he won a scholarship to study Journalism at the Regent Street Polytechnic in London where he graduated in 1958.

He began his career as a teacher before working as a reporter at the St. Pancras Chronicle, then as a reporter and later sub-editor at The Guardian and The Times in England.


On his return to Nigeria in 1959 he became an Information Officer in the Western Nigeria government, and while in this post he was appointed the Editor of the Western Nigeria Illustrated. In 1961 he moved into public relations, working for Western Nigeria Television/Western Broadcasting Service (1961-1964) and Mobil Oil Group of Companies (1964-1977), continuing as a consultant to Mobil after leaving the company.

He was elected governor of Lagos State from 1992 to 1993 on the platform of the National Republican Convention (NRC), leaving office when General Sani Abacha came to power. His administration facilitated establishing the Yaba College of Technology campus in Epe, his home town.

After leaving office, he continued his career as a writer, a consultant holding positions on the boards of various businesses, and a philanthropist. In February 2010 ThisDay newspaper announced that he was among 15 eminent Nigerians who had won Lifetime Achievement Awards. His son Femi Otedola became the billionaire owner of Nigerian oil giant Zenon Petroleum and Gas Limited. The Michael Otedola College of Primary Education was named after him after his demise.

ỌLAGUNSOYE OYINLỌLA (born 3 February 1951) became governor of Osun State in Nigeria in May 2003, and was reelected in 2007. He was a member of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP). On 26 November 2010 a court of appeals nullified his election. He later defected to the APC shortly before the 2014 Osun State governorship election.


In office December 1993 – August 1996

Preceded by Michael Otedola

Succeeded by Mohammed Buba Marwa


In office May 2003 – 26 November 2010

Preceded by Adebisi Akande

Succeeded by Rauf Aregbesola


Born 3 February 1951

Okuku, Odo Ọtin LGA, Ọṣun State


Political party: ADC


Omoba Ọlagunsoye Oyinlọla was born on 3 February 1951 into a royal family in Okuku, in the Odo Ọtin Local Government Area of Ọṣun State. His father, Moses Oyewole Oyinlola, was the traditional ruler (Ọba) of Okuku, reigning from 1934 to 1960.

After leaving secondary school at the age of 18, Ọlagunsoye Oyinlọla enlisted in the army in 1969. While in the army, Oyinlọla obtained leave to attend the University of Ife, where he obtained a Diploma in International Relations in 1979. He also obtained a Master of Science in Defense Studies in 1988 from the University of Madras, India. In 1999, Oyinlọla obtained a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the University of Ibadan. In 2003, he obtained a law degree from Buckingham University, United Kingdom. In April 2004, the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso made him an honorary Doctor of Civil Law. In April 2006, the Federal University of Technology, Minna, made him an honorary Doctor of Science. He has also been conferred with an honorary Doctor of Laws (Osun State University, 2009), LL.D (Honoris Causa) University of Buckingham – 2005; and honorary Doctor of Civil Laws (Lead City University Ibadan – 2010)


Ọlagunsoye Oyinlọla enlisted in the Nigerian Army as a Signals corps private in 1969. He attended the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and was commissioned as an officer in 1971, into the Armoured Corps of the Nigerian Army. He later trained at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, the National War College, Abuja and various military institutions and academies in India, United Kingdom and the United States. He served as Troop Leader, Squadron Leader, Battalion Commander, Brigade Commander, Acting General Officer Commanding and Military Administrator. He participated in the United Nations Peace-Keeping exercises in Chad in 1983 and Somalia in 1993.

During the administration of General Ibrahim Babangida (1985–1993), he was either a staff officer or a commander of an armoured unit. He was appointed the military administrator of Lagos State from December 1993 till August 1996, during the subsequent administration of General Sani Abacha. In June 1996, Kudirat Abiola, wife of the acclaimed winner of the 1993 presidential election Chief MKO Abiola, was assassinated on the road between his office and that of the Canadian High Commission. In September 2009, a spokesman for the United Action for Democracy (UAD) accused Oyinlola of being the ‘chief conspirator’ in the alleged murder.

He retired with the rank of Brigadier-General in 1999.


In April 2003, Ọlagunsoye Oyinlọla was elected governor of Osun State as a member of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He was reelected in April 2007. He appointed Fatai Akinade Akinbade as State Secretary in 2003. Akinbade was later to be a contender to succeed Oyinlola as governor. In an interview in November 2003, Ọlagunsoye Oyinlọla spoke in favor of increased education in Yoruba, even up to the university level. When asked about the Afenifere movement, he stated that he would join if it were purely an association of Yorubas, but not if it was just another name for the Alliance for Democracy (AD) party.

After the 2007 election, the Action Congress governorship candidate, Rauf Aregbesola filed a petition with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against his victory. The tribunal rejected his petition. Aregbesola appealed the decision, leading to a fresh hearing in June 2009.

In April 2009, Next magazine reported that Olagunsoye Oyinlola had been caught on tape telling local PDP politicians he would supply army uniforms, arms and ammunition so they could rig the runoff elections in Ekiti State.

In July 2009, Olagunsoye Oyinlola banned Igbo people in Osun state from parading themselves as Eze Ndigbo (king of Igbo), in order to protect the Igbo culture and traditional institution from ridicule. At the same time, he sought constitutional responsibilities for traditional rulers in the country. In September 2009, Oyinlola opened a ceremony at which Modakeke traditional ruler, Oba Francis Adedoyin, was crowned. On 26 November 2010 the Court of Appeal in Ibadan presided over by Justice Clara Ogunbiyi ruled that Oyinlola had not won the 2007 election and that the Action Congress candidate Rauf Aregbesola should be sworn in as governor. He is a former chairman of the board of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) having been appointed in 2017.

On 31 January 2018, he was part of the launch of “Coalition for Nigeria” movement a political movement to check the failings of APC.


On Thursday 21 September 2017, he was inaugurated as Chairman of the Governing board of the National Identity Management Commission, (NIMC).

His appointment was by President Mohammadu Buhari.

The Acting Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mrs Habiba Lawal, inaugurated the 9-man board on behalf of the Federal Government in Abuja

Represented on the board are the Military, Nigeria Immigration Service, Federal Road Safety Corps, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, other government agencies and the private sector.

On Thursday, May 10, 2018, he resigned from his position as Chairman of NIMC, citing “a greater political engagement that will make that difficult and even impolitic”.

MOHAMMED BUBA MARWA (born September 9, 1953) is a retired Nigerian army officer who served as governor of Borno State, and then Lagos State during the military administrations of Generals Ibrahim Babangida and Sani Abacha.


In office June 1990 – January 1992

Preceded by Mohammed Maina

Succeeded by Maina Maaji Lawan


In office 1996–1999

Preceded by Olagunsoye Oyinlola

Succeeded by Bola Ahmed Tinubu


Born September 9, 1953

Kaduna, Kaduna State, Nigeria


All Progressives Congress (APC)


Mohammed Buba Marwa was born on September 9, 1953 in Kaduna, Kaduna State, Nigeria. He hails from Michika L.G.A of Adamawa State. He attended the Nigerian Military School, Zaria and the Nigerian Defense Academy, Kaduna. Later, while in the army, he studied at Pittsburgh University, where he obtained a master’s degree in International Relations, and he obtained a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.


He was commissioned as 2nd lieutenant in the Nigerian Army Reconnaissance Corps before moving to the Armoured Corp. He held various posts in the army, including Brigade Major (23 Armoured Brigade), Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Theophilus Danjuma, academic registrar of the Nigerian Defense Academy and deputy defense adviser in the Nigerian Embassy in Washington, DC. In 1990, he was appointed Governor of Borno State. In 1992, he became the defense adviser to the Nigerian Permanent Mission to the United Nations.


After retiring from the Nigerian army at the end of his term as Lagos State governor, Brigadier General Marwa founded Albarka Airlines and the Buba Marwa Endowment. In September, 2003, Buba Marwa gave up his position of Chairman / Chief Executive Officer of Albarka Airlines. In May 2007, the government of Nigeria withdrew the operating licenses of Albarka Airlines in controversial circumstance, some say for political reasons. In December 2006, Marwa had announced he would be running in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) primaries to become the party’s candidate for President of Nigeria. His bid was unsuccessful, and he gave his support to Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, who went on to become president. In 2007 he was appointed Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the Republic of South Africa. Marwa then in 2011 was the gubernatorial candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC in his Adamawa home state against the then incumbent governor Murtala Nyako. Marwa decamped from APC due to complaints of unfair treatment of his followers after his party CPC merged with ANPP and the ACN following the decamping of Governor Nyako to the same party. In June 2015, Marwa returned to the APC with his followers following the swearing in President Muhammadu Buhari on May 29, 2015.

Chief Bola AHMED ADEKUNLE TINUBU (born 29 March 1952) is a Nigerian politician who was elected senator for the Lagos West Constituency in Lagos State, Nigeria in 1993. The election was just prior to a military take-over in December 1993. After the return to democracy, he was elected governor of Lagos State, holding office from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007. He is a member of the All Progressives Congress party; he also holds both the chieftaincies of the Asiwaju of Lagos and the Jagaban of the Borgu Kingdom in Niger State, Nigeria. He has been routinely referred to as the national leader of the APC during the presidency of Muhammadu Buhari.


In office 29 May 1999 – 29 May 2007

Preceded by Buba Marwa (military admin.)

Succeeded by Babatunde Fashola


Born 29 March 1952 (age 68)

Lagos State, Nigeria

Political party: All Progressives Congress

Occupation: Accountant, Politician


Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu was born on 29 March 1952 in the city of Lagos, Nigeria. His mother, Chief Abibatu Mogaji, was a trader who eventually became the Iyaloja of Lagos.

He attended St. John’s Primary School, Aroloya, Lagos and Children’s Home School in Ibadan, South West of Nigeria. Tinubu then went to the United States in 1975, where he studied first at Richard J. Daley College in Chicago, Illinois, and then at Chicago State University. He graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

Tinubu worked for the American companies Arthur Andersen, Deloitte, Haskins, & Sells, and GTE Services Corporation. After returning to Nigeria in 1983, Bola Tinubu joined Mobil Oil Nigeria, and later became an executive of the company.


His political career began in 1992, on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (Nigeria) where he was a member of the faction of the Peoples Front led by Shehu Musa Yar’Adua and made up of other politicians such as Dapo Sarumi, Abdullahi Aliyu Sumaila, Rabiu Kwankwaso , Magaji Abdullahi and Yomi Edu. He was elected to the Nigerian Senate, representing the Lagos West constituency in the short-lived Nigerian Third Republic. After the results of the 12 June 1993 presidential elections were annulled, Tinubu became a founding member of the pro-democracy National Democratic Coalition, a group which mobilized support for the restoration of democracy and recognition of the results of the 12th of June. He went into exile in 1994 and returned to the country in 1998 after the death of the military dictator Sani Abacha, which ushered in a transition to civilian rule.

In the run-up to the 1999 elections, Bola Tinubu was a protégé of Alliance for Democracy (AD) leaders Abraham Adesanya and Ayo Adebanjo. He won the AD primaries for the Lagos State gubernatorial elections in competition with Funsho Williams and Wahab Dosunmu, a former Minister of Works and Housing. In January 1999, he stood for the position of Executive Governor of Lagos State on the AD ticket and was elected.


When he assumed office in May 1999, Bola Ahmed Tinubu promised 10,000 housing units for the poor.[10] During the eight-year period of his being in office, he made large investments in education in the state. He also initiated new road construction, required to meet the needs of the fast-growing population of the state.

Tinubu, alongside a new deputy governor, Femi Pedro, won re-election into office as governor in April 2003. All other states in the South West fell to the People’s Democratic Party in those elections.

He was involved in a struggle with the Federal government over whether Lagos State had the right to create new Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) to meet the needs of its large population. The controversy led to the Federal government seizing funds meant for local councils in the state. During the latter part of his term in office, he was engaged in continuous clashes with PDP powers such as Adeseye Ogunlewe, a former Lagos State senator who had become minister of works, and Bode George, the southwest chairman of the PDP.

Relations between Bola Tinubu and deputy governor Femi Pedro became increasingly tense after Pedro declared his intention to run for the gubernatorial elections. Pedro competed to become the AC candidate for governor in the 2007 elections, but withdrew his name on the eve of the party nomination. He defected to the Labour Party while still keeping his position as deputy governor. Tinubu’s tenure as Lagos State Governor ended on 29 May 2007, when Babatunde Fashola of the Action Congress took office. Fashola had been chief of staff to Bola Tinubu.


In April 2007, after the elections but before the new governor had taken over, the Federal Government brought Asiwaju Bola Tinubu before the Code of Conduct Tribunal for trial over the alleged illegal operation of 16 separate foreign accounts. In January 2009, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission cleared Bola Tinubu and governors James Ibori of Delta State and Obong Victor Attah of Akwa Ibom State of charges of conspiracy, money laundering, abuse of office and official corruption in relation to a sale of V-mobile network shares in 2004. In September 2009, however, there were reports that the British Metropolitan Police were investigating a transaction in which the Lagos State government made an investment in Econet (now Airtel). Bola Tinubu said the transaction was straightforward and profitable to the state, with no intermediaries involved. The Federal Government rejected a request by Britain to release evidence needed for further investigation and prosecution of the three Nigerian ex-governors in a London court.

In March 2009, there were reports that a plot had been identified to kill Chief Bola Tinubu. The Alliance for Democracy called on the Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro, to conduct a thorough investigation.

Following the victory of the People’s Democratic Party in the April 2007 elections, Bola Tinubu was active in negotiations to bring together the fragmented opposition parties into a “mega-party” capable of challenging the PDP in 2011. In July 2009, he called for implementation of electoral reforms spelled out in the Uwais report to ensure that the 2011 elections would be as free and fair as the elections of 1993 had been. In December 2009, there were reports that Babatunde Fashola and Bola Tinubu had fallen out over the issue of whether Fashola should run for reelection in 2011, with Tinubu said to be supporting the commissioner for environment, Muiz Banire. Tinubu later bowed to pressure and supported Fashola’s candidature which had been adjudged by the public as good. Another scuffle on the successor of Fashola put Tinubu against him in 2015. Fashola later relented and threw his full weight behind Akinwunmi Ambode, the then gubernatorial candidate of the APC, who later succeeded him.


Tinubu is married to Oluremi Tinubu, the current senator representing Lagos central. His mother, Chief Abibatu Mogaji, died on 15 June 2014 at the age of 96. He is a Muslim. On 31 October 2017 his son Jide Tinubu had a heart attack while in London. He was later confirmed dead.

BABATUNDE RAJI FASHOLA, SAN (Yoruba: Babátúndé Rájí Fáshọlá; born 28 June, 1963) is a Nigerian lawyer and politician who is currently the Federal Minister of Works and Housing. He served two terms as Governor of Lagos State from May 29, 2007 to May 29, 2015. As a candidate of the Action Congress party, now known as the All Progressives Congress, Fashola succeeded Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on 14 April, 2007, and was sworn in on 29 May, 2007. Fashola was re-elected on 26 April, 2011. On November 11th 2015, he was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to be the Minister of Power, Works and Housing; he was reappointed Minister of Works & Housing on the 21st of August 2019.



Assumed office

11 November 2015


Muhammadu Buhari


In office 29 May 2007 – 29 May 2015

Preceded by Bola Tinubu

Succeeded by Akinwunmi Ambode


Born 28 June 1963 (age 56)

Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria

POLITICAL PARTY: All Progressives Congress (formerly Action Congress)

SPOUSE(s): Abimbola Emmanuela Fashola

Children: 2

Occupation: Lawyer and Politician


Babatunde Raji Fashola of Yoruba origin, from Lagos, was born in Lagos on 28 June, 1963. He attended Birch Freeman High school Lagos and Igbobi College Lagos. He studied Law at the University of Benin from where he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws, LL.B.(Hon), degree in 1987.

He is married to Mrs. Abimbola Fashola and they have two children.


He was called to the Nigerian Bar as a solicitor and advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in November 1988 after completing the professional training programme at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos which he undertook between 1987 and 1988. His legal career of over one and a half decades, commenced in the law Firm of Sofunde, Osakwe, Ogundipe and Belgore, where he cut his legal teeth as a litigator over such wide-ranging areas of specialisation as, intellectual property (registration of trade marks), commercial law, covering general contracts, company activities, mergers, acquisitions, right issues, ownership of shares and equity of corporations, as well as land disputes, criminal law and chieftaincy matters, in all of which he has come to acquire appreciable expertise and vast experience.

Fashola, a Notary Public of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, has been variously honoured with awards and certificates of merit including the Distinguished Alumnus Award conferred on him by the University of Benin Alumni Association in recognition of contributions to the Alumnus association and humanity. He is also a recipient of Lagos State public service club Platinum Award for outstanding contribution towards development. As well as Alliance for Democracy ” Igbogbo Bayeku Local Government Award” in recognition of activities towards the success of the party.

Babatunde Fashola is also a Patron of the Law Students Association of the University of Benin and he is the second law graduate from the University of Benin and the first member of the Nigerian Law School graduating class of 1988 to be conferred with the professional rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria. Fashola is also the First ever Chief of Staff to be so honoured. Babatunde Fashola is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the International Bar Association and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria.


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Fashola was Chief of Staff to his predecessor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Fashola had during his tenure as Chief of Staff also dubbed as the Honourable Commissioner to the Governor’s office. Babatunde Fashola was the first person to hold both offices simultaneously.

Babatunde Fashola also served in Lagos state in various capacities, including:

Secretary of the Lands Sub-Committee of the Transitional Work Groups. 1999.

Member of the panel of Enquiry into allocation of houses on the Mobolaji Johnson Housing Scheme at Lekki, 2000.

Member of the State Tenders Board- 2002– 2006.

Member of Lagos State Executive Council-2002-2006.

Member of the State Security Council-2002-2006

Member of the State Treasury Board-2002-2006

Chairman Ad-Hoc Committee on the Review of Asset distribution among Local Government.

Minister of Power, Works and Housing 2015-2019

Minister of Works and Housing 2019 to date


Babatunde Raji Fashola commenced a four-year tenure as the Executive Governor of Lagos State in Nigeria on 29 May 2007. In June 2007, Babatunde Fashola appointed former Inspector General of Police Musiliu Smith head of the Lagos State Security council, a body charged with taking a holistic look at the anatomy of crime in the state.


Babatunde Fashola commissioning a university-style gate for Birch Freeman High School, in Surulere, on 4 February 2010.

Babatunde Fashola vowed to rehabilitate the state’s public schools, long being neglected with time. Among the schools being habilitated included the governor’s alma mater, Birch Freeman High School, which is located at a busy metropolis of Surulere.


The biggest task Babatunde Raji Fashola faced in office as Governor of Lagos State is his visionary project to transform Lagos into a mega city, the first of its kind in Lagosian history. Although initialised under the former governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in June 2002, the mega project task accelerated under Fashola’s governorship. Both private and public sectors are involved in fulfilling the project.

Newly added toll gates and roads at the Lekki-Ẹpẹ Expressway.

The crucial part of the mega city project is the rehabilitation of Lagos’ infrastructures and districts. Formerly taken care of by the federal government, they were immediately neglected, as Abuja was declared Nigeria’s new capital since 1991. According to Lagos Rail Mass Transit, proposed light railways will be consisted of the outskirt blue-line and inner red-line destinations. As part of the project, the Badagry Expressway, which links Lagos directly to the south-eastern border of Benin Republic, is currently being rehabilitated by various contractors, with BRT and railway networks being established.

Another ambition is to recover lands at Victoria Island, being lost to erosion for decades. This artificial terrain is the location of the proposed Eko Atlantic City. This is also to support housing project that would accommodate up to 25 million Lagosians by 2015, a population growth from 15 million that could turn Lagos into the world’s third largest city.

Ayodele Awojobi Memorial Park, Onike Round-about, Yaba, Lagos.

In October 2009, Babatunde Fashola posthumously dedicated a garden personally, in honour of the memory of late professor Ayodele Awojobi at Onike Roundabout, Yaba, Lagos, with a statue of the famous academic erected at the centre. Artists of repute such as Oladejo Victor Akinlonu has commended the Governor on a job well done on the various value enhancement and beautification of Lagos state being a pioneer in the beautification of the state since the 80’s Oladejo enjoined artists to work with the Governor Oladejo’s works such as the eyo masquerade and the Bust of Sir Alexander Molade Okoya Thomas where commissioned by the Governor.


As soon as Haiti was struck by a magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake, Babatunde Fashola launched an appeal to raise up to one million US dollars. The funds raised were used to assist the victims of the Haiti quake. As this was in place, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, said Nigerians should be prepared in events of natural disasters.


In May 2014, Fashola announced the compulsory use of life jackets on Lagos waterways. In a 2012 accident, ten children from Ijora Awori, Lagos State, drowned while they were being ferried to school, because they were not wearing life jackets.


But in late January 2010, the Lagos State House of Assembly launched an investigation into possible mishandling of tax payers’ money by Fashola, mainly on the ongoing mega city project. The accusations range from importing of palm trees from Niger, for gardening projects within a rain forest state, to improper usage of contract money involving one of Lagos State’s contractors. The group carrying out the investigation was known as the “True Face of Lagos”. The final reports were due to be submitted on 15 February 2010, During his tenure in office True Face of Lagos was later abolished. There were attempts to re-launch the probes through a petition, but they were again being turned down by the court.

He was re-elected on 26 2011 and was sworn in as Governor for his second term in office on May 29, 2011; completing 8 years as a Governor. According to The Tribune Newspaper, Babatunde Raji Fashola remains a reference point in 21st century Governance.

Akinwunmi Ambode (born June 14, 1963) was the former Governor of Lagos State. He was a civil servant for 27 years and a financial consultant before running for public office as Governor of Lagos State in 2015.

14th Governor of Lagos State

In office May 29, 2015 – May 29, 2019

Preceded by Babatunde Fashola

Succeeded by Babajide Sanwo-Olu


Born Akinwunmi Dapo Ambode 14 June 1963 (age 56)

Epe, Lagos State, Nigeria

Political party All Progressives Congress


Federal Government College, Warri.

University of Lagos.

Wharton Business School.

Cranfield School of Management.

Institute of Management Development


Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Ambode ran for office of the Governor of Lagos State in April 2015 as a member of the All Progressives Congress, the state’s ruling party. He won the election, just defeating the second-place candidate Jimi Agbaje of the People Democratic Party by 150,000 votes. He began his tenure as the governor of Lagos on 29 May, 2015, succeeding former governor Babatunde Fashola. Ain Ambode lost in gubernatorial primary election to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, denying him an opportunity to run for second term. He eventually supported Sanwoolu campaign that brought about smooth transition in the state.


Akinwunmi Ambode was born on 14 June 1963 in Epe, Lagos, into the family of Festus Akinwale Ambode and Christianah Oluleye Ambode. Akinwunmi Ambode is one of ten children of his father Festus Ambode.


Akinwunmi Ambode attended St. Jude’s Primary School, Ebutte Meta, Lagos, from 1969-1974, where he sat for the National Common Entrance Examinations.

From 1974-81, Ambode, attended Federal Government College, Warri, Delta State. From 1981-1984, he attended University of Lagos where he studied Accounting, graduating at the age of 21.

He also has a master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos, and he qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

Ambode was awarded the Fulbright Program scholarship for the Hubert Humphries Fellowship Programme in Boston, Massachusetts. He also attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania for Advanced Management Programme. Other institutions he attended for courses and programmes include Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield, England, the Institute of Management Development, Lausanne, Switzerland, INSEAD, Singapore. Moreover, he attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA.


From 1988-91, Akinwunmi Ambode was the Assistant Treasurer, Badagry Local Government, Lagos State, Nigeria. In 1991, he was posted to Somolu Local Government, Lagos State, as an Auditor. He has also held the position of Council Treasurer in Shomolu Local Government in later years.

He also previously served as Council Treasurer at Alimosho Local Government, Lagos State. In 2001, he became acting Auditor General for Local Government, Lagos State, Nigeria. This position was confirmed by the State House of Assembly. In January 2005, Ambode was appointed the permanent secretary of the Federal Ministry of Finance.

From 2006- 2012, Ambode was the accountant general for Lagos State, in charge of all the financial activities of the state and directly responsible for over 1400 accountants in the state service. Under his watch, the State Treasury Office (STO) revolutionized the way Lagos State finances were raised, budgeted, managed and planned. In his six years as the Lagos State accountant general, the state’s financial performance improved visibly with the budget performing at a remarkable average of 85% annually.


After 27 years in the civil service, Ambode voluntarily retired in August 2012. He founded Brandsmiths Consulting Limited to provide Public Finance and Management Consulting services to government at all levels, its parastatals and agencies.


Ambode is an active member of the Federal Government College Lagos, Warri Old Students Association (FEGOCOWOSA) and is credited with revitalizing the Lagos branch of the Association. Ambode was a two-time chairman of the Lagos State Branch, and, until recently, was the National President of the Association, a position he held for three years. In those three years, he executed key projects in the school in conjunction with the alumni network to improve the educational and living standards of the students.


In 2013, he founded the non-profit La Roche Leadership Foundation. Its recent goal is to install Nigerian and Lagos State flags in all government owned schools in Lagos State.


In 1991, Ambode married Bolanle Patience (née Odukomaiya) Ambode. They have twins, a boy and a girl. Ambode is a Christian.


Lagos state generates over 78 million tons of waste between 2007 and 2013  with collection rate of 28% . The gap in the rate of refuse collection in the state exposes the state to environmental epidemics. On 1 March 2017, the governor Ambode’s administration introduces Visionscape a private foreign-owned waste management company to take charge of the activities of waste management in Lagos state. The governor’s action  was criticized for his decision to dump Lagos State Waste Management Authority ( LAWMA) the state-owned agency created for the management of waste disposal . According to Leadership “More than 10 months after commencing work with colourful vehicles and waste bins, Visionscape has failed to deliver. After its shaky start which made its promoters to hastily broker a deal to partially recall the PSP Operators, no tangible progress has been recorded in the waste management department.” in the same vein. The speaker of the state house of assembly, Hon.Mudashiru Obasa also said “We are seriously working on it and the PSP will soon return. Visionscape remains unknown in Lagos State, it is a ghost in the state and we are not going to embrace it,” said Obasa. The political bent to the issue would later come to the fore weeks.


BABAJIDE OLUSOLA SANWO-OLU (born June 25, 1965) is a Nigerian Politician and the current Governor of Lagos State. He was announced the governor under the platform of the All Progressives Congress after contesting and unexpectedly winning the gubernatorial primaries under the All Progressives Congress against incumbent governor, Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State in October 2018. He is a graduate of the University of Lagos, as well as the London Business School, Lagos Business School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Before his gubernatorial ambition, He was the Managing Director/CEO of Lagos State Property Development Corporation (LSPDC).



Assumed office May 29, 2019

Preceded byAkinwunmi Ambode


25 June 1965 (age 54)

Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria

POLITICAL PARTY: All Progressives Congress

ALMA MATER: University of Lagos

London Business School

Lagos Business School

Institute of Management Development

John F. Kennedy School of Government


Sanwo-Olu has a B.Sc in Surveying and an MBA from the University of Lagos. He is an alumnus of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the London Business School and the Lagos Business School.

He is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) and fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Training and Development (NITAD).



Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu was the treasurer at former Lead Merchant Bank from 1994 to 1997 after which he moved to the United Bank for Africa as the head of foreign money market. He then proceeded to First Inland Bank, Plc (now First City Monument Bank) as a deputy general manager and divisional head. He was the chairman of Baywatch Group Limited and First Class Group Limited. He is a board member of the Department for International Development (DFID/DEEPEN) Fund and Audit Committee of Caverton Offshore Services Group, PLC.


Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu began his political career in 2003, when he was appointed a Special Adviser on Corporate Matters to the then deputy governor of Lagos State, Femi Pedro. He was later made the acting Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget until 2007, when he was appointed as the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry by then Governor, Bola Tinubu. After the General Elections of 2007, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu was appointed Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions by Governor Babatunde Fashola. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu was made Managing Director/CEO of the Lagos State Development and Property Corporation (LSDPC) by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in 2016.

Some of his notable public sector achievements include the supervision of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) privatization projects. He set up and was the Pioneer Board Chairman of Lagos Security Trust Fund. The LAGBUS System and the Control & Command Centre in Alausa were subsequently established under his directives.


On 16 September 2018, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu formally declared his intention to run for the office of the governor of Lagos State under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Party, making him a major contender to the incumbent governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

His declaration attracted endorsements from major stakeholders in Lagos State politics; including the Governor’s Advisory Council of the Lagos chapter of the All Progressives Congress and members of the Lagos State House of Assembly,which led to withdrawal of Dr. Femi Hamzat, a governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress APC in Lagos from the gubernatorial race.

He won the Lagos gubernatorial primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on 2 October 2018. At the APC flag-off campaign rally held on 8 January 2019, Governor of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode, and 63 political parties lent their support for the candidacy of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.[12] In a landslide victory over his opponent, Jimi Agbaje, Sanwo-Olu was elected to the Office of Governor of Lagos State at the 2019 General elections for Lagos State which held on 9 March 2019.[13] He was sworn in as the 15th Governor of Lagos State at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) Lagos Island on Wednesday May 29, 2019.

He has been working on different development activities, one of which is road construction across major areas in Lagos state. Recently, Babajide Sanwoolu asked that the statue of Fela Kuti that was erected by Akinwunmi Ambode be removed from Allen Avenue in Ikeja as he to ease the situation of traffic in that area. However, the statue is said to be relocated to a more convenient area in Lagos state. CONTROVERSY


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