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Meet Tokunbo Philip Wahab (TKW) – The Man with A Plan for the Lagos State Governorship

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As activities heat up towards the elections in 2015, Tokunbo Philip Wahab Esq. has formally declared his intention to vie for the seat of governor in Lagos State. Wahab announced this as he picked up his form from the APC secretariat in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.

Tokunbo Wahab popularly called TKW, like the current governor of the state, is a lawyer of over 15 years and politician with his career in politics starting as far back as 1993 during the famously annulled national elections. Dubbed the voice of a new generation, at only 42, TKW is an Alumnus of the prestigious Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Wharton University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and the International Bar Association. Tokunbo is a Partner at Wall and Ace where he anchors the vision after cutting his teeth at both Paul Usoro (SAN) & Co and Aluko & Oyebode, Lagos Nigeria.

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Tokunbo is a strong advocate of equity and justice and passionately believes everyone deserves equal opportunities regardless of class or strata. This led him to provide countless pro-bono legal services to the poor and under-privileged right from his post-law school days and recently earned him a Lagos State recognition award presented by His Excellency, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) during the Lagos Public Interest Law Partnership (LPILP) in April 2014.

According to TKW, he was born into leadership as his father Olugbenga Wahab of the Otuwunmi Ateshinmara Royal Dynasty of Ketu in Epe Local Government area of Lagos State. Popularly referred to as Dodo, was a well-known community Leader in Ketu, Epe. He died in 1998.
His mother, Muyi Wahab (Nee Sosanya Aberuagba) was a prominent Women Political Leader both in Epe and Sagamu. A dogged grassroots mobilizer, a role she employed in her tireless support for the Late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola – MKO who was the Presidential Flag bearer under the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP) for the June 12th 1993 elections. She died on the same day of the election, few hours after casting her vote for MKO.

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Tokunbo at the same time was also a student union leader and president of the Law Students Union of the University of Benin, leading several protests in the heat of the June 12 Democracy Struggle. As the UNIBEN Student Union Leader he came into serious confrontation with the Abacha Military Government, was physically assaulted in April 1994 thrown in to detention for weeks. This almost cost him his graduation from UniBen.

Tokunbo is an effective mobilizer of people and resources. He leaves his footprints in the sands of time where ever he has been privileged to associate, from his Epe residency constituency to Alimosho in Ikeja. In Ketu, he has participated actively in his Gbobaniyi Age-Group since his teenage years and is currently the Grand Patron. TKW is an illustrious member of the Epe Club, the prominent F’s Club, Lagos and the Lagos Country Club. Tokunbo is married to Oluwatosin (nee Eso) and are together blessed with two lovely children, Omosijuade and Omofaderera. He is a Communicant member of the Anglican Communion.

A versatile and incisive legal practitioner, he has extensive experience in many areas of the legal practice. “Ours shall be a government committed to empowering all citizens not just a few, giving everyone a fair chance of success to live to the fullest of their potential“, says Tokunbo. The #TKW2015 campaign aims to get young Nigerians to support the change being actualized by empowering these individuals to be career oriented and development minded.

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According to his mandate, Tokunbo, intends to strengthen and deepen the peace and security while promoting aggressive infrastructure development spanning roads and power supply.

In his words he says, “It is on this humble pedigree of mine that I submit myself to serve Lagosians in the capacity of Governor on the APC platform at the forthcoming 2015 Elections. Haven been gifted by the Almighty God with the required Trust, Knowledge & Wisdom (TKW) that have earned me success in my private life, business and my community, I seek to replicate this success in the Progressive Governance of Lagos State“.

Watch him talk about his #ThinkLagos initiative with this video tagged “The Lagos I See”!

#ThinkLagos…for a tomorrow that works! Eko o ni Baje o!

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52 Comments

  1. jummai

    November 20, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Fine boy……..girls no go let this one rest ooooo, I would prefer to vote for a ugly governor. He’s too fine for the job.

    • Fae

      November 20, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      Voting on sentiments? Nigeria’s first problem. If its not religion, its culture, ethnic, looks, and countless other reasons.. I would ask that we focus on the candidates mandate and ability to carry out their mandate this coming 2015 election.

    • BB

      November 20, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      Do people have to be ugly to participate in Nigerian politics? I guess that’s why you have all these ugly unqualified and under-educated people running the country. President Obama is considered a fairly handsome president so I don’t see where the problem is. On the same note-everything is backwards in Africa

    • ak

      November 20, 2014 at 7:38 pm

      PS He is not an alumnus of Harvard, or Wharton Business School

      He graduted from University of Benin with a degree in Law in 1998.

      Getting a certificate for passing a few courses over a period of 3 weeks with the adult division of a school does not make you an alumnus.

      Nigerians need to STOP with this nonsense

    • Tola

      November 21, 2014 at 6:47 am

      And you know this how???

  2. Jo!

    November 20, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Maybe 2019…or 2023

  3. Jo!

    November 20, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Maybe 2019…or 2023, cos hunnay, the Lagos APC “gods” have chosen Ambode, as I heard

  4. Ruby

    November 20, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Wishing I was registered to vote in Lagos…I’m already convinced to vote for him. Too early to conclude though…let’s see the other aspirants.

  5. lady B

    November 20, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Lol
    @Jummai’s comment. it doesnt matter. Dear, as long as u have loads of
    money, whether ugly or handsome, girls & women will disturb such
    man, especially if u’re in a high position and ur face will be
    everywhere. No hidden place for such public servants. the likes of
    Obasanjo, Tinubu, Oshiomole, etc to mention a few, are not good looking
    but they hv that which the women seek.

  6. mrs chidukane

    November 20, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Fine boy no pimple, I love your swag and I love your dimple *swoons*

  7. Es

    November 20, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Why should we wait for 2019 or after to vote for this accomplished gentlemen with such high laurels who looks like he would imbibe such fervor and newness into the Lagos govt? We want to wait till our leaders are dying before we vote for them into power. We need new and young leaders; not Grandpas with archaic views and approaches. And how intelligent you sound by saying we shouldn’t vote for him because he’s too fine!!! Because it’s fineness we use for governing, not brains! #olodo I’m not even Nigerian but that’s annoying.

    BN, Oya, post my comment!

    • Fols

      November 20, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      Ah ah, not a Nigerian ke? And you use words like “oya” and “olodo”? U try oh!

    • Nahum

      November 20, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      Eya, Jummai was just kidding about the fine boy thing o. No need to call her an olodo

    • jummai

      November 20, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      If You are not from Nigeria then you must be from Liberia cos its obvious you have no sense of humour because of your present predicament. Pele wa bonbe ( u will survive)

  8. omoibo

    November 20, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Nigeria really needs a breed of new leaders and not the same old recycled lot we have now. We need young forward thinking leaders across the board, all the existing politicians in my opinion have outlived their relevance and have absolutely nothing to offer.

  9. leo

    November 20, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Like him .

  10. OmoEko

    November 20, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Well, I have decided to vote for credible candidates ONLY! If he scales thru the party primary, he SHALL have not only mine but the votes of my entire family members, associates and groups! Insha Allah; Insha Jesus!

    #AmbodeNever…

  11. bamayi

    November 20, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    TKO ! glorified Land seller… YOU ! really.. your money has started deceiving you…. O ti lo dye irun wayray yen si grey abi.. ONIRANU !….

    • AMAKA

      November 20, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      Haaa! Do you have gist? Abeg knack us tory.

    • yelosisi

      November 20, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      hahahahahahahahahaha. i like the way u replied that. u just flipped it in…. hahahahahahaha

    • yelosisi

      November 20, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      hahahahahaha oya joor, my ears are at serious ATTENTION—- GIDIGBA…. Knack us the gist oooo

    • David

      November 20, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      Is there anything wrong in selling lands. Something is really wrong with our generation, do u prefer a 419, or some politician son abi…. Our youths don’t even believe in themselves… Why can’t he become a governor @ 42. Donald duke did it @ 41, ibori did it @ 40, orji uzor Kali did it @ 37, senator David brigidi from Bayelsa, became a senator @ 36, we all are here looking @ wedding pictures weekly, and foolishly underestimating ourselves

      If the constitution says you can contest for governorship from 35 years, do u think if they thought it can’t be done , will they put it there

      David Cameron was 39 years when he was made the leader of the Conservative party, we youths of today are sitting down waiting to inherit our father’s property

    • stone

      November 20, 2014 at 10:34 pm

      His accent is wack though! can tolerate it from the older generation certainly not from his generation. My humble two pence.

    • ola

      November 21, 2014 at 12:36 am

      Person you supose support to win so he can help your generation……Even thus you know his past you don’t need talk this way………..Silly

    • Tm

      November 21, 2014 at 11:27 am

      Bamayi,sorry but you must really have a very low self esteem of yourself if all you can tell us is about him selling lands,did he dupe anyone or steal the lands?,I beg crawl under bed jo

  12. @edDREAMZ

    November 20, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
    .
    I wish him luck though but this lagos election is just like a country i swear….
    .
    .
    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  13. lagosian

    November 20, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    When did Otunba go to Harvard and Wharton? No shade but ever since that first speaker, I am a bit more circumspect about long resumes.

    • Tm

      November 21, 2014 at 11:14 am

      Within the last two years ,he went there for 2week courses in government,it is mainly for business men,lawyers,entrepreneurs etc,

  14. Authentic Sunshine

    November 20, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Never mind “A Plan for the Lagos State……………”
    My my have I got plans for you………. Very naughty plans in my Boudoir…..Ok Bye

    • Tm

      November 21, 2014 at 11:17 am

      He is happily married,stop with the dirty talk

  15. CITYFIRM

    November 20, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    GOOD CITIZEN OF NIGERIAN,THE TIME AS COME AGAIN THAT WE NEED TO BRING BACK THE RIGHT THAT BELONG TO YOU AND I. WE NEED TO TELL THEM WE KNOW WHAT WE ARE CAPABLE OF, WE NEED TO FIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHTFULLY FOR US. PLS WE NEED TO FIGHT FOR THE MANDATE BY CHOOSING THE RIGHT PERSON, THE RIGHT INTEREST, THE RIGHT PERSON WHO AS THE MASSES INTEREST, ARE U FEELING MY PAINS WE NEED TO CHANGE THE WORLD AS A MATTER OF FACT I SEE NEW NIGERIAN. HOW CAN THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF THE LAND SUFFER. PEOPLE DIE EVERY DAY, PEOPLE DREAM FAILS, MANY BUSINESS HAVE CRASH, WHY THE RESOURCE OF THE MASSES ARE BEING CONSTRAINED IN THE HAND OF SOME PEOPLE. TRUE PEOPLE PLS DONT BE MOVED BY WHAT YOU ‘LL BE GIVEN BY THIS PEOPLE CALLED POLITICIAN BUT BY WHAT U FEEL, HOW THEY CONVINCED YOU. KNOW THEIR ACHIEVEMENT, KNOW THEM THROUGHLY. PLS THE FUTURE IS NOW AND THE FUTURE IS UR VOTE ,CASTING OF UR VOTE DETERMINE UR FUTURE PLS SAVE A LIFE, PEOPLE WHO VIEW ARE NOT RESPECTED IN THE COMMUNITIES THE COMMONIES YOU AND I. FIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHTFULLY URS. NOTE, COOPERS NEVER COMPROMISE IT NOT A BUSINESS TIME FOR YOU. THIS IS UR FUTURE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. POLITICIAN WE COME TO YOU NEVER COMPROMISE. WE GO ALL ENTER DECEMBER OOOOOOOOOO IN ADVANCE JOY-AYO IN TIWA OOOOOOOOOOOOOO I SEE NEW NIGERIA.

    • stone

      November 20, 2014 at 10:36 pm

      Please my brother/sister, if you are not educated, i don’t thing Bellanaija is the right forum to air your views. Your right up is simply disgraceful.

  16. donshege(website- Dele)

    November 20, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    TKW- for life. I only pray you make up for the primaries then you have my vote and that of my family members, home and abroad.. The leadership quality in you can never be over emphasised and am sure you can make Lagos better. Congrat- Otunba, Pepper TKW.

  17. tutu

    November 20, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Harvard and Wharton? I’m impressed. He looks young though. I’m voting for APC sha. Whoever scales through the primaries. I heard Ambode is a tout though.

    • carliforniabawlar

      November 20, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      Don’t vote for a party!!

  18. el patron

    November 20, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    why put havard and Wharton first, tell us he went to university of benin first and Havard and Wharton later.. but all these ones is story, win the primaries first, then lets talk
    but with this guy, Koro should nick it.

    • carliforniabawlar

      November 20, 2014 at 9:42 pm

      Sweetheart you must have your resume in the wrong order!! You should always put your most recent qualifications first o since that’s usually where the beef is (hopefully you have committed to doing better for yourself over the years). You don’t want to bore anyone checking you out with the fact that you attended Model College Meiran in 1847, esp. when you’ve done a thousand things since then….

    • stone

      November 20, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      you took the words right out of my mouth.

  19. BabyDee

    November 20, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Boo, you attended Harvard & Wharton yet you still have an isale eko intonation? Sheeeesh,….

    -Babydee

    • stone

      November 20, 2014 at 10:41 pm

      I must confess, i was highly disappointed when i heard him speak. Still willing to give him the benefit of the doubt though!

    • David

      November 21, 2014 at 12:40 am

      What if he just did his masters there for 2 years, so he should have an American accent … Something must be really wrong with many of our youths, they way we think and talk is why many of these celebrities live fake life, and lie to us..

      . Did El Rufai not go to Harvard , did tony elumelu not do a course in havard, does he have an American accent…
      Someone that was born and bred in Nigeria up to university level, just because he went to havard and Wharton for a course, he must now speak like American abi….

      I wish we can actually see the faces of some of these people commenting on social media, some of ur ears need to be dragged… Hiss…

    • Tm

      November 21, 2014 at 11:22 am

      So??,and your point is?.no be eko man

    • Ephi

      November 21, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      I’m sorry to say this but this is a really silly comment! So preferably a politician with tush accent that would rob the city blind?! And we wonder why we are where we are today….

  20. David

    November 20, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Is there anything wrong in selling lands. Something is really wrong with our generation, do u prefer a 419, or some politician son abi…. Our youths don’t even believe in themselves… Why can’t he become a governor @ 42. Donald duke did it @ 41, ibori did it @ 40, orji uzor Kali did it @ 37, senator David brigidi from Bayelsa, became a senator @ 36, we all are here looking @ wedding pictures weekly, and foolishly underestimating ourselves

    If the constitution says you can contest for governorship from 35 years, do u think if they thought it can’t be done , will they put it there

    David Cameron was 39 years when he was made the leader of the Conservative party, we youths of today are sitting down waiting to inherit our father’s property

  21. Peju

    November 20, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    For some strange reaso, I think I’d like to vote for hi. If he scales through the primaries..l

  22. David

    November 21, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Something must be really wrong with many of our youths, they way we think and talk is why many of these celebrities live fake life, and lie to us..

    . Did El Rufai not go to Harvard , did tony elumelu not do a course in havard, does he have an American accent…
    Someone that was born and bred in Nigeria up to university level, just because he went to havard and Wharton for a course, he must now speak like American abi….

    I wish we can actually see the faces of some of these people commenting on social media, some of ur ears need to be dragged… Hiss…

  23. ola

    November 21, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Isale eko intonation………Goin for studies overseas don’t determine the change in your tongue…..People like you go to ghana and start talking like a Briton…………Go sit down babydee…..

  24. olori fuja

    November 21, 2014 at 9:03 am

    TKW… i don’t know whether to laugh or cry … you seem to think that selling land is the same thing as running a state…… Boli Boy probably sees you a joke looking for relevance . you shld start by been a counselor first..lol i am sure u will do very well. there ..

  25. BSL

    November 21, 2014 at 11:04 am

    I know him and really admire him . charity they say starts from home and if you know him from home,you would jump and vote for him cos what he has accomplished through hard work and dedication without no help but from God,he’s surely the man to vote for.
    To those calling him a glorified land seller,is that not better than being a thief or a fraudster and for u to recognise him as a glorified land seller,he has surely excelled in that field so he can put food on his family table.
    To you who thinks bolly boy sees him as a joke;fold your arms and see God at work . Ever read the bible the story of David.
    To all who agrees that the time for change is now,please come out and vote Tokunbo Wahab cos honestly people like him are rare in our generation.
    Let’s all come together and vote a Good man who has the love of masses embalmed in his heart and who’s is truly called a Family man cos the change we all clamour for starts from our Iindividual homes and I can stand boldly and say TKW has excelled in that field and can also take that pass mark to help people of lagos.

  26. adelegirl

    November 21, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Been seeing his really glossy posters dotted about Lagos. Was wondering who he was, what’s his background and why he thinks he has a shot at becoming governor, seeing that very little is known about his political pedigree. I wish him well if he means well and will do well for Lagos State. He is certainly very ambitious, considering… Some more digging needs to be done into his antecedents before I make any decision on him.

    • bsl

      November 22, 2014 at 8:18 am

      If you are willing to know more,pls check votetokunbowahab.com/about.no lies and no polishing.

  27. S-Dee

    November 21, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Okay so I kinda like this guy at a glance. However, I think I may have expected too much hence the little disappointment when I heard him speak. I know how a man speaks does not totally define him but he just looks too charismatic for the way he spoke in this video. Governor Fashola seems to have over-raised the bar in my opinion. If he scales through the primaries (which would be a miracle sort of) then I’ll be happy to give him my vote and see what stuff he’s really made of. #ThinkingLagosasalways…

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