By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsur Olowopejo
As the question on the possibility of second term for Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State continues to generate controversy, the governor yesterday said seeking for a second term would be predetermined by the party structure through due process.
The governor, however stressed that for the nationâ€™s democracy to yield its required objective, there was need for the elite to change its attitude and be more involved in electoral process in the interest of the general populace.
Fashola who made the remarks at 2009 Alumni Day of Lagos Business School , explained that election was very important because it wasÂ the process that will determine whether the quality of â€œour life will improve or deteriorate.â€
While, responding to call from the audience to contest for a second term in office in the 2011 gubernatorial election, Fashola said it was too early to start preempting what would happen in general election but that due process will be followed to the letter.
His words: â€œI see this whole thing as a journey through a process which must come through a political platform. I belong to a political party, that is the Action Congress and at the Moment, my party has not called for nomination of candidates. So it is like a journey and when you get to your bus stop each one of will alight carefully.â€
Speaking on the topic titled: â€œEthics and good corporate citizenshipâ€ he posited that democracy does not guarantee good leadership or citizenship but focuses on ensuring that there isÂ participation in the selection of leaders.
He added that whether the leader is intelligent, compassionate, and tolerant of religious beliefs and practices does not depend on the system of government but rather on the role that citizens play towards the process of electing such leaders.
His words: â€œOur current attitude towards election remind me of one of those statement that typify that every society gets a government it deserve, the last election has come and gone and I wonder how many of us voted.â€
He added that what the failure of elite participation in electoral process brings was that it would subject them to obey laws made by mediocre whom they left the public offices for.
He likened governance to the leadership of an organisation, saying that just as it would be difficult for companies to succeed in a situation where shareholders failed to pay for their shares in a company, same way issues of taxation, civic responsibility, role of citizens in election and DNA of citizens are critical in the government ability deliver good governance to the people.
Fashola, explained that taxation does not pre-eminent qualification for citizenship but equalises citizenship, adding that with the current implementation of taxes in the state, incidence of willful destruction of public facilities is diminishing because people have realised that it is their money.
â€œThe fundamental planning tool like census can become a political issue if we do not know how many we are as a basis to project for the future. If we do not resolve this fundamental issue quickly we will not get it right.â€