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6th December 2022

Chief Bola Tinubu replies Ambode, insist he has failed Lagosians

APC postpone Governorship primaries in Lagos, Enugu and Adamawa
APC postpone Governorship primaries in Lagos, Enugu and Adamawa

Chief Bola Tinubu has released a statement replying Governor Ambode after the Governor granted a world press conference where he accused the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state of claiming to be Democrats but are not showing signs or actions of sucha; as Bola Tinubu insist he (Ambode) has failed Lagosians and destroyed the  labour of almost twenty years.

Chief Bola Tinubu in his statement insists the APC and especially Lagos is a Democrats state, and the Governorship primaries holding on Monday 1st October 2018 will further prove this, as the party has adopted a direct primary for all the aspirants under the party, as against the indirect primaries allegedly being clamoured for by Governor Ambode.

Chief Bola Tinubu who in his statement praised his administration and that of his immediate predecessor who is now the Minister of Power, Housing and Works Mr. Babatunde Fashola said the team in the last year before Govenor Ambode, laboured to put Lagos where it is today, but the story is no longer the same since Ambode took over three years ago.

The National Leader of the APC touched on so many areas where most Lagosians have complained and are still complaining about, especially in the area of sanitation and the bad roads and the huge taxes.

While let me allow you go through the statement and give your own personal judgement, as the statement already looking like Chief Bola Tinubu telling Ambode it is time to go. See the statement:

GOVERNORSHIP PRIMARY STATEMENT 30th September, 2018 Tomorrow, our party and the people of Lagos will have an encounter with destiny. We shall hold our governorship primary.

With the holding of direct primaries to elect governorship candidates in Lagos and other states, the APC takes a groundbreaking step toward greater internal democracy and progressive governance for the benefit of all people.

Chief Bola Tinubu replies Ambode, insist he has failed Lagosians
Chief Bola Tinubu replies Ambode, insist he has failed Lagosians

While our party is young, it has grown fast and has travelled far in a short time. This speaks well of the character of you, the party’s rank-and-file members. What, in other nations, has taken political parties generations to achieve, we have done in a few brief years.

No other party in Nigeria dare attempt what we have already dedicated ourselves to do. I thank and commend all APC members and all Lagosians who have lent their support to this historic and humane mission upon which our party has embarked.

We are democrats in the truest sense of the word. As such, we forever search for what is good and right for the people. With this ideal as our guide, tomorrow’s primary cannot be shaded by selfish ambition or the perceived personal grievance between this or that person.

Something much greater waits in the balance. What is at stake is nothing less than the future of the people of this state and how we can best maximise our collective destiny. By resort to direct primaries, the party places the people’s future soundly in their hands.

As democracy would have it, you shall be the authors of the party’s nomination and hopefully our next state government. I trust in the wisdom of the people and will abide it. However, as a leader of the party and as a former governor of our beloved and excellent Lagos

I would be remiss if I did not make a few observations regarding the primary. My goal is and shall always be a better Lagos. To this objective, I have dedicated the greater part of my public life.

Roughly 20 years ago, a corps of dedicated and patriotic Lagosians, put aside personal interests and rivalries, to put their minds and best ideas together for the good of the state.

Out of this collaborative effort, was born a master plan for economic development that would improve the daily lives of our people. Bestowed on me was the honour of a lifetime when I was elected to be your governor in 1999. My administration faithfully implemented that plan.

The government of my immediate successor, Tunde Fashola, also honoured this enlightened plan. Where state government remained true to that blueprint, positive things happened.

During my tenure and Governor Fashola’s, Lagos state recorded improvements in all aspects of our collective existence, from public health to public sanitation, from education to social services, from the administration of justice to the cleaning of storm and sewage drains.

Businesses, large and small, invested, hired millions of workers and thrived. All Lagosians were to fully participate and justly benefit from the social dividends and improvements wrought by this plan.

From the common labourer, to business leaders, to professionals and our industrious civil service. We all were to be partners in a monumental but joint enterprise.

None was to be alienated. None was to be left out. And none were to be pushed aside. This is especially true for those who contributed so much to our development, whether as a business leader who has invested heavily in Lagos, the homeowner who struggles to pay his fair share of taxes or as someone employed in the hard work of keeping our streets and byways clean so that others may go about their daily tasks unimpeded.

I make no pretence that the master plan is perfect. It can always be fine-tuned. However, whenever a government departed from this plan without compelling reason, the state and its people have borne the painful consequence of the improper departure.

I am encouraged by the emergence of a candidate in this primary who has served the state in senior positions in my administration, the Fashola administration and even in the current one.

While possessing a wealth of experience and exposure, he is a young man endowed with superlative vision and commitment. Most importantly, he understands the importance of the blueprint for development.

He esteems it as a reliable and well-conceived vehicle for the future development of the state. He also knows the value of reaching out and working with others in order to maximize development and provide people the best leadership possible.

We walk into this primary strong and confidently believing in the right course we are to take. We shall emerge from this primary even stronger and more confident that we have taken that course by returning Lagos and our party to their finest path.

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