I want to be Lagos gov – Ikuforiji

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…seeks media support on traffic law
LAGOS—SPEAKER of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Wednesday expressed willingness at having a shot at the governorship of the state in future.

Ikuforiji made the remark in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, in Alausa, Ikeja.

“To tell you that I don’t want to be governor of Lagos State in future, I’ll be telling lies. I want to be the President of Nigeria; but the scripture tells me that it is only God that crowns. I am an ambitious person, but I believe in the Almighty.

“You can have the ambition, but because I am a Muslim, and because I know that tomorrow is not mine, I know it is only the Almighty that knows what tomorrow is like.  I think that two- and- a- half years is too long for speculation,” Ikuforiji said.

Recounting his political journey, the Speaker said it took him 30 months to become the Speaker of the Lagos House of Assembly.

“Today, I thank God that I was not the Speaker in 2003 because I had more time to study the system to know what it entails.

“My tenure as the speaker of the assembly has witnessed unprecedented growth and development of the institution. With that, I will give it back to Him because I am a believer and that is the honest truth. I don’t play politics with the peoples’ mind”.

Ikuforiji explained that when he came visiting Nigeria from his US base in 2003, his intention was to contest the chairmanship of his local government area, Epe.

Meantime, the speaker also yesterday urged media to further enlighten the people on the benefit of the traffic law, restricting the operation of motorcycle, popularly called Okada in the state.

Commercial motorcycles were restricted from 475 out of the 9,000 Lagos roads by the traffic law.

He said, “this is one area where the Fourth Estate of the Realm needs to intervene. I have often said it that I always get misunderstood by my friends in the Fourth Estate and there is no way we can move forward without the media.

“Like this issue of the traffic law our people need to be educated and further enlightened. Okada is not banned but only restricted, he added.

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