Femi Hamzat and Abike Dabiri Erewa
Femi Hamzat and Abike Dabiri Erewa

Why Abike Dabiri Lost to Femi Hamzat as Lagos Deputy Governorship Candidate

Itohan Ferguson

It is no longer news that Femi Hamzat is Sanwo-Olu’s running mate. He will represent APC at the 2019 Lagos Governorship election as the Deputy governorship candidate.

This was after reports pointed to Abike Dabiri Erewa as the ‘anointed’ Lagos Deputy Governorship candidate.

While many know Femi Hamzat is Sanwo-Olu’s running mate, not many know why he replaced Abike Dabiri Erewa.

Recall that Happenings reported that Abike Dabiri Erewa was pencilled down to be Sanwo-Olu’s running mate. This move by APC is as a result of her impressive political career in media and politics.

Furthermore, she is currently the special aide to the President on diaspora

It is also APC’s way of including women in Lagos politics, by ensuring a female deputy governor. Case in point is Governor Ambode and his deputy, Mrs Idiat Adebule.

A close source revealed to us that the choice to replace Erewa with Hamzat came from the APC Governorship Advisory Council (GAC).

According to our source who prefers to remain anonymous, GAC is suspicious that Ambode may make moves to get his 2nd term bid.

Clearly, the incumbent governor is still smarting from the blow to his 2nd term ambition.

Although from all appearances, he seems to have come to terms with the decision of his political party.

L-R Sanwo- Olu, Ambode and Hamzat

Our source went on to say: “GAC might have thought that Ambode would want to pull a stunt about getting his 2nd term. So they need to reinforce a team to counter it”.

Thusly, Hamzat is politically stronger than Erewa with regards Lagos state politics.

The anonymous source also alleged that Femi Hamzat is Babatunde Fashola’s man and this may be a way to repair the ‘Cold War’ between the former Governor of Lagos state and APC.

He stated further: “And aside, Hamzat is a Fashola’s person, so they also need to include Fashola as a way of reconciliation for all aggrieved stakeholders”.

Happenings Media