I have Grown Wiser Now in Politics – Ambode

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

Ambode who was not allowed to contest for the second term by the party faithful despite his best efforts was defeated at the primaries by Babajide Sanwo-Olu who emerged as the governor-elect in the gubernatorial election.

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

Speaking on the lesson learnt in politics, Ambode noted that 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.”

The governor, who 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 said he is excited to be given the opportunity to govern Lagos state for four years.

“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,” he added.

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