BY GBENGA OKE
National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) and former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday in Lagos lambasted the President Goodluck Jonathan administration describing it as a failure.
He also declared that Lagos state is not ready for an experimental governor which the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) parades.
Tinubu said this during the kick off of Lagos APC campaign rally in Ikeja.
According to him, Lagos state is yearning for another technocrat that will further turn the fortunes of the state around.
He, however, reiterated that the APC governorship candidate, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode remains the best candidate to govern Lagos state.
The mega rally which was to begin by 12pm could not take-off until about 1pm as security operatives had serious problems controlling the mammoth crowd that besieged the venue.
Vehicular movement was brought to a stand still along the Oba Akinjobi street, GRA as APC supporters thronged the Archbishop Vining Memorial Church Cathedral field (Old Airways groud) as early as 9am.
Notable personalities present at the rally include Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Princess Adejoke Adefulire; former deputy governors of the state, Mr Femi Pedro and Princess Adebisi Sosan; Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Adeyemi Ikuforiji; Senator Gbenga Ashafa, Prince Oluyole Olusi, Lagos State chairman of the APC, Chief Henry Ajomale; Chief Yomi Finnih and Mrs Abimbola Fashola among others.
Jonathan’s govt, a failure — Tinubu
Tinubu, who took a swipe at the Jonathan administration expressed dismay at the dwindling fortunes of the nation’s economy.
His words: “Nigeria is going through trial right now and the fortunes of the country will further dwindle if you continue to vote for the President who is full of excuses. He recently admitted that he has failed and we cannot continue to vote for such a person”.
Tinubu, however, maintained that the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket was capable of turning the nation around.
He said “we need a straightforward, honest and capable Nigerian that will move this nation forward; someone who will be that agent of change our party preaches and that is exactly what Buhari/Osinbajo ticket stands for. So we need to rise up and chase out this PDP at the forthcoming polls else this nation will be ran aground”.
Why Ambode is the best man
On why he settled for Ambode as the party’s standard bearer, the former governor explained that “what we have seen in the last eight years is performance, unbroken promises, employment, skills development, road construction, health centres and hospitals and several achievements.
Whatever anybody that says, who is the founder of those talents?”
Commending the performance of the outgoing governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, he said “our prayer is that our children will perform better than us and that is why I am a proud man today because my successor in office who I brought, Governor Babatunde Fashola has performed exceptionally and that is why I can beat my chest today”.
Speaking further, he said “when youths came to me that they want another dynamic governor, I told them not to be in a hurry and that help is on the way but I can categorically state today that we have found someone in the person of Mr Akinwunmi Ambode and I can say the revolution is here and Lagos will experience another level of development with Ambode”.
Calling on the people of Lagos to resist any attempt by the PDP to allegedly rig itself into office, Tinubu said Lagos is not a laboratory.
His words: “When we were in AD, the PDP candidate in Lagos was with us but he failed. He also joined us in APC and contested the primaries with Fashola, he also failed and when we told him to come and learn the ropes in governance, he refused and joined DPA but nothing came out of it. Before we could open our eyes again, he has joined PDP”.
PDP government is full of deceit — Fashola
In his remarks, Governor Fashola said the PDP led government is full of lies and Nigerians cannot afford another four years of President Goodluck Jonathan.
He stated that the PDP led government has failed in its responsibilities to provide power, security and tackle corruption.
Faulting the President’s claim on Buhari’s failure to equip the military, he said “Mr President is a man full of excuses and he keeps claiming those who were in office before him refused to buy guns and that is why he cannot curb the insecurity ravaging the country”.
He argued that “General Buhari left office since 1985 and President Jonathan claims he refused to equip the military. Does he want to use the 1985 military equipments to fight the 2014/2015 insecurity that is ravaging this country. We should not forget that our military performed in places like Sierra-Leone and other peace keeping missions outside Nigeria and yet Mr President keeps claiming nothing was done by former heads of state”.
Calling on Lagosians to vote for continuity, Fashola stressed that the party has found the man to do the right job.
Lagos will be economically viable under my govt —Ambode
In his speech, the APC candidate, Mr Ambode stated that he will ensure Lagos state is economically viable and safe for all under his administration.
According to him, the last 16 years of APC in Lagos have been full of positive change and hence there is need for continuity to further develop the state.