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If current permutations are anything to go by, come May 2019, Babajide Sanwoolu may be inaugurated as the new governor of Lagos State. He has scaled the first hurdle in this ambition with his emphatic victory at the governorship primaries held Tuesday, October 2nd. By his side on inauguration would be his wife, Dr Ibijoke Sanwoolu, a mother of four.

A medical doctor at Harvey Road Hospital, Yaba, Mrs Sanwoolu is described as an easy-going, committed professional who has no room for vainglorious pursuits or highflying social life. However, being the wife of Nigeria’s most powerful governor may change. This is why there are already posers as to which side of history Mrs Sanwoolu would be.

Would she allow the trappings of power change her into a bejewelled First Lady with a retinue of aides and hangers on and fixation with the highlife? Or would she deploy her medical expertise and experience to helping her husband’s administration tackle the health sector challenge in the state? And these posers have basis because sources say she has overnight become the toast of society women who are already falling over themselves to invite her to events and parties, while her phone number is now being activated on Whatsapp.

Even though she is taking the gratuitous fawning in her strides, it is being contented that the reason is because real power has not been vested in her husband. Either way she goes, the beam of history would be firmly fixed on her from Day One.


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