Lawal, who was not in the running before, is now the most favoured for the throne.
Born on July 24, 1970, Lawal obtained a degree in botany from the University of Port Harcourt in 1992.
In 2008, he obtained his post graduate degree in violence, conflict and development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Lawal began his career at the raw materials research and development council at the federal ministry of science and technology in 1994 as a scientific officer.
He later joined the Nigerian police force and was commissioned as a cadet assistant superintendent.
As a police officer, he served as ADC to Tinubu who was governor of Lagos from 1999 to 2007.
Lawal retired voluntarily in 2008 as a superintendent of police.
A year after, he was appointed as senior special assistant on special projects by Babatunde Fashola, then governor of the state.
He was also the coordinator of the agriculture-based youth empowerment scheme (Agric-YES).
He was first appointed commissioner for agriculture and cooperatives in 2011.
In 2015, he was again appointed commissioner of housing by Akinkunmi Ambode, then governor of the state.