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Ambode VS Shasore: The Head To Head Battle

Ambode VS Shasore: The Head To Head Battle

By Tersoo Achineku

With party primaries only a short time away, it is already clear that the race for the APC gubernatorial ticket would in fact, be a two horsed one. On the front burner are the duo of Supo Shasore who comes up against Akinwunmi Ambode, and in a bid to educate the populace on the kind of men these two are, we at Thelightnews.com have compiled a detailed breakdown of whom these men are. We do wish that this would help in making the choice of the voters easier.


Shasore and Babatunde Fashola

Supo Shasore: The Man Whom Fashola Believes In


Olasupo Shasore, SAN (born 22 January 1964) is a legal practitioner. He is a Litigation Partner at Ajumogobia & Okeke, a leading commercial law firm in Nigeria. He was Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice, Lagos State from 2007 – 2011. Shasore is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He currently serves as Chairman, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Committee of the Section on Business Law of the Nigerian Bar Association.

Shasore led the Lagos delegation to the 2014 Nigerian National Conference. At the conference, the delegation made a case for a ‘special status’ for Lagos. The delegation also canvassed and achieved consensus on several recommendations:

  • to restructure federal revenue allocation to create an increased distributable pool of funds for the states from the Federation account;
  • to devolve legislative and executive power to sub-national level;
  • to create State Police Jurisdiction.

Shasore has authored three books:

  • Possessed – A History of Law & Justice in the Crown Colony of Lagos (2014)
  • Commercial Arbitration – Arbitration Law & International Practice in Nigeria (Lexis Nexis 2011) Johnson & Shasore
  • Jurisdiction & Sovereign Immunity in Nigerian Commercial Law (Practice and text book) (NIIA 2007

Shasore was born in Lagos Island, Lagos in 1964. His father Taoheed Olakunle Adio Shasore was a diplomat and Africa policy expert, who later became Chief The Shasore of Lagos of 8 Sasore Court, Lagos Island. His mother Bilkis Oladoyinbo Adufe was a civil servant and a businesswoman.

Shasore started his education at Christ Church Cathedral Primary School, Lagos in 1968. He completed his primary education at Broadfields Primary School, Middlesex, England in 1974, and thereafter started his secondary education at Orange Hill Grammar School, Middlesex, England. He graduated from Federal Government College, Lagos in 1980 with his West African School Certificate – Grade 1. He attended Igbobi College Yaba, Lagos from 1980 – 1981. Shasore graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Ife, Ile-Ife in 1986. He earned a Master of Law (LLM) from the University of Lagos in 1990.

Olasupo Shasore served as Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice, Lagos State from 2007 – 2011. As Attorney General, he led the review of the Criminal Code Law, and the Administration of Criminal Justice Law. He also authored and issued the first Prosecutors’ Guidelines (2011), and initiated the first African Regional Conference of the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP).

During his time as Attorney General of Lagos, Shasore chaired the Mortgage and Property Law Reform Committee, which produced and recommended the Mortgage & Property Law (2009). He also authored the Home Ownership and Mortgage Policy (2011). As Chairman of the Lagos Home Ownership Scheme (Lagos HOMS), he oversaw the development of two hundred homes per month for mortgage-assisted purchase for the people of Lagos. Shasore also initiated the policy and crafted the tenant friendly Tenancy Law of Lagos State, to balance the inequality between landlords and tenants.

As Chairman and later Vice-Chairman of the Lagos State Procurement Agency (State Tenders Board) between 2007 – 2011, Shasore supervised the award and execution of all major infrastructure and capital projects in Lagos State, providing roads, hospitals, schools and housing.

Olasupo Shasore was called to the Nigerian Bar on 22 October 1987. He became a member of the Inner Bar and was conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 2006. He is a member of the Body of Benchers of Nigeria, and a Notary Public for Nigeria. Shasore leads the Commercial Litigation & Arbitration practice group at Ajumogobia & Okeke. Over the course of his career, he has acted as counsel in a number of leading decisions of the Court of Appeal in Nigeria and the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Over the course of his career, he has received several appointments, including:

  • President, Lagos Court of Arbitration
  • Chairman, Lagos State Waterways Authority
  • Chairman, Lagos State Law Reform Commission
  • Chairman, Lagos State Executive Council Committee on Power
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Chairman, National Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Reform Committee (2012)
  • Chairman of Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Section on Business Law, Nigerian Bar Association
  • Member, London Court of International Arbitration, Africa User Group
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria
  • Member, Nigerian Society of International Law and International Association of Prosecutors
  • Member of panel of experts – Panel of Recognized International Market Experts (PRIME)
  • Member, Advisory Committee – International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA)

Olasupo Shasore has been married to Gbemisola Shasore (née Shonola-Soyinka) since 1993. Mrs. Shasore is a public relations practitioner and an event management consultant. She has had a notable career in charity and non-governmental work as President, International Women’s Association; Charter Member, Zonta International; Chair, Access to Knowledge Ltd GTE. Their marriage is blessed with three children.

Shasore is a regular worshipper at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, Lagos (Anglican Communion). He has served on the Church’s History Committee and is a member of the Cathedral Standing Committee.






Akinwunmi Ambode: The Veteran With A Vision

Akinwunmi Ambode (born June 14, 1963) is an accountant, an administrator and a public finance management expert. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Brandsmiths Consulting Limited – a firm that specializes in public sector finance management. Ambode was formerly the Accountant-General of Lagos State, Nigeria, and held many sensitive financial positions in the Lagos State government in a 27-year career in the Lagos State Civil Service. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and a Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management. He is the founder of La Roche Leadership Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on developing the next generation of leaders. He is married to Bolanle Patience Ambode (nee Odukomaiya) and they are blessed with children.

Akinwunmi was born on June 14, 1963 at the Epe General Hospital, Epe, Lagos, as the sixth of ten children. His late father, Festus Akinwale Ambode was a teacher while his mother, Christianah Oluleye Ambode (nee Oresanya) was an entrepreneur who ran a thriving sewing business in her prime. In 1967, when Akin was still four years old, his father moved to the mainland part of Lagos with the family and continued his teaching career until his death in 1981. Akinwunmi Ambode began his education at St. Jude’s Primary School, Ebutte Meta, Lagos, Nigeria in 1969. In 1974, while still in Primary 5, he sat for the National Common Entrance Examinations and was admitted to Federal Government College, Warri in the same year.

Ambode spent 7 years in Warri, where he completed his Ordinary and Advanced Levels and had the distinction of achieving the second best result in all of West Africa in the Higher School Certificate Examinations in 1981. He was on the school’s Hockey and Cricket teams and was part of the then Bendel State Cricket team while still a student.

Ambode proceeded to University of Lagos where he studied Accounting, graduating at the age of 21 in 1984. He completed his mandatory[National Youth Service Corps year serving with the Central Bank of Nigeria, Sokoto, Sokoto State, where he started his relationship with the Public Service.

Civil service career

After his NYSC year, Ambode commenced his career at the Lagos State Waste Disposal Board (now LAWMA) as Accountant Grade II. He enrolled for Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) exams and at the same time was awarded a Federal Government Scholarship to pursue a Masters Degree in Accounting at the University of Lagos. By the time he was 24, Ambode had qualified as a Chartered Accountant and had completed his Masters Degree programme in Accounting, specializing in Financial Management.

His career was fast-tracked and in 1988, Akinwunmi Ambode was appointed the Assistant Treasurer, Badagry Local Government. In 1991, he was posted to Shomolu Local Government as Auditor. He was later deployed to Alimosho Local Government as Council Treasurer. Ambode was posted back to Shomolu as Council Treasurer and later on to Mushin Local Government as Council Treasurer. He criss-crossed many Local Government Councils in different roles in a 10-year period and got a first-hand experience of the direct impact of governance on the citizenry.

In 1998, Ambode was awarded the US Fulbright Scholarship for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program, in Boston University, Massachusetts, USA. His Fellowship Year was spent studying Public Leadership with emphasis on Finance and Accounting. During this programme Ambode had professional internships at The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Cabinet Office of Administration and Finance (Governor’s Office), City of Boston Treasury Office as well as with the World Bank and IMF.

On his return from the programme, Ambode became acting Auditor General for Local Government. This position was confirmed by the State House of Assembly in 2001.

In January 2005, Ambode was redeployed to mainstream public service as the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Finance. By February 2006, Ambode was given the added responsibility ofaccountant general for Lagos State, in charge of all the financial activities of the state and directly responsible for over 1400 accountants in the state service. Under his watch, the State Treasury Office (STO) revolutionized the way Lagos State finances were raised, budgeted, managed and planned. In his six years as the Lagos State accountant general, the state’s financial performance improved visibly with the budget performing at a remarkable average of 85% annually. Ambode believes that “public financial management is about ensuring that public money is well spent and it is made to stretch as far as possible. It provides leaders and public-sector managers with information to make decisions and to know if they are using resources effectively.

The public finance consultant

After 27 years in the civil service, Ambode voluntarily retired in August 2012. He founded Brandsmiths Consulting Limited to provide Public Finance and Management Consulting services to government at all levels, its parastatals and agencies. Brandsmiths, in collaboration withPrice Waterhouse Coopers, has trained government accountants and finance personnel to prepare them for the cut-over to the International Public Sector Accounting System (IPSAS) which is to become effective in 2015.

Social engagement

Ambode is a very active member of the Federal Government College, Warri Old Students Association (FEGOCOWOSA) and is credited with revitalizing the Lagos branch of the Association. Ambode was a two-time chairman of the Lagos State Branch, and, until recently, was the National President of the Association, a position he held for three years. In those three years, he executed key projects in the school in conjunction with the alumni network to improve the educational and living standards of the students.

Community service

His belief in mentoring and passion for passing on leadership skills gave birth to La Roche Leadership Foundation, which he founded in 2012. This is a non-profit organization that has a mandate to develop the educational and leadership skills of young Nigerians, to inculcate in them leadership values as a way of grooming future leaders in all spheres of life. La Roche is presently spearheading an initiative, ‘The Flags Project’, to install Nigerian and Lagos State flags in all government owned schools in Lagos State. The Foundation has also donated tools to technical colleges to support training of artisans.




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