How Sanwo-Olu abandoned work, secretly attended multi-billion naira party of woman suspected to be side chick in Grenada
Details of how governor Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State spent days partying in the Caribbean Island of Grenada in commemoration of the 50th birthday anniversary of Abuja-based businesswoman and socialite, Aisha Achimugu, has emerged.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu who flew back to the country on Wednesday morning in a private aircraft from the Carribean is said to have taken residency in one of the most expensive resorts in the world.
Many officials of his government according to Premium Times did not know his whereabouts for days, with some saying he was attending an official engagement in London and others simply saying he was travelling abroad.
The paper reported that the governor was reveling at a party at Calivigny Island, an 80-acre private and exquisite location which costs about $132,000 per night.
Those familiar with the event said organisers rented the Island for seven days, amounting to about $924,000 in total, in addition to other charges.
Mr Sanwo-Olu and other participants alternated between Calivigny Island and Silversand Grenada, an exotic five-year-old seven-star luxury resort situated in Grand Anse beach, where some events of the flamboyant celebration were held.
Those familiar with the governor’s itinerary said he left Nigeria on Wednesday, 17 January for Mrs Achimugu’s birthday carnival which began with “a scrumptious welcome breakfast” and “a spectacular dinner with an explosive finish” that day. Other guests had arrived in Grenada on 16 January.
But Mr Sanwo-Olu was only able to join the party on 18 January, the third day of the festivity. He was there till 23 January, leaving his state without his leadership for days.
Though, it remained unclear why the governor left his duty post in Lagos, flew 7,585 kilometres to Grenada for a birthday party, at a time the people who elected him to office were grappling with severe and unprecedented economic hardship.
Also, another yet unresolved question is how the governor funded his trip and stay in that Caribbean Island.
Aisha Achimugu, founder and managing director of Abuja-based Felak Concept Group, turned 50 on 22 January. The relationship between the socialite and Mr Sanwo-Olu remained unclear but the governor was at the party to honour her.
Some of those who attended said it was one of the most opulent parties they have ever witnessed or heard about. The celebrant rented the Calivigny Island for one week and reserved rooms for her guests at Silversand Grenada. Several guests were also said to have been flown from Nigeria to the party location by chartered jets.
The government of Lagos State is yet to issue any statement in respect to the disturbing revelation.