By Isa Isawade
The candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi (popularly called BOG) was born in England to the illustrious Gbadamosi family.
He was brought back to Nigeria to spend his childhood years in Ikorodu, Lagos, Nigeria where he hails from.
He went back to England in his early twenties, and many years later returned to Nigeria to invest in Real Estate development.
He is today a successful property merchant and Chairman of the prestigious Amen Estate, located in Eleko Beach in Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos.
He is also the owner of Redbrick Homes International Ltd. He is highly Committed to providing enduring homes for Lagosians. He is the Secretary of National Intervention Movement (NIM) in Lagos.
BOG attended the Lagos State University (LASU) from 1986 to 1989 but dropped out mid-way. He revealed this in an interview with a weekly tabloid.
“I attended Lagos State University. I didn’t graduate-there, I dropped out. I never did go back to University. So, I don’t have a degree. Many people find that hard to believe, but that’s just it”
Why did he decide to go into politics after being very successful in property business? He had this to say:
“After a few years in Lagos, I realised that the Lagos I grew up to know is no more the Lagos I came back home to meet. A drive around Lagos makes me sad most days. I see how hard working people willing to make ends meet struggle to survive. Before our eyes, education is degenerating to the point where without adequate finance, kids miss out on the most important part of their development.
“A drive around Lagos shows a traffic jammed city where an average person spends 7 hours in traffic without getting much done.
“It is for the same reason I ran to win the PDP governorship ticket in 2011 and 2015”.
Mr Gbadamosi was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before defecting to the ADP in 2018. He was declared Lagos State governoship candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) in October 2018.
He is widely regarded as very brilliant, articulate and eloquent. He wowed members of the audience, as he spoke confidently of his plans if elected governor of Lagos State, in the recent Lagos gubernatorial election debate which was organised by The Platform, a civic discussion initiative of the Covenant Christian Centre.
Ahead of the March 2, 2019 gubernatorial election in the state, Gbadamosi is banking on personal integrity and not party affiliation to realise his dreams.