…says he is a performing governor
By Olasunkanmi Akoni
IMMEDIATE past Governor of Lagos State, Sen. Bola Tinubu, has joined other prominent Lagos indigenes to lent his support for the continuation of his predecessor, Governor Babatunde Fashola, in office, saying he has performed creditably well, contrary to the widespread rumours making the round that the former governor does not want Governor Fashola to run for a second term.
This came just as Governor Fashola stressed the need for the preservation of traditional institution, culture and values in the interest of the future generations.
Tinubu made the remarks yesterday at the official handing over of Obaâ€™s palace, â€œIga Idunganranâ€, Lagos Island as part of events to commemorate the 7th coronation anniversary of Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu I.
Among the dignitaries at the event were former military administrator of Lagos State, Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson; the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona; Oba Olateru Olagbegi, Olowo of Owo; Oba Ojora of Lagos; Alara of Ilara; former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Prince Bola Ajibola; Alhaji Femi Okunnu; Senator Ganiyu Solomon and representative of Alake of Egba land, Alhaji Lateef Adegbite.
Tinubu made the declaration which elicited applause from the dignitaries and other guests at the occasion.
Commending Fashola for achieving the dream of building a befitting and modern palace for the Oba of Lagos, Tinubu described the incumbent governor as an achiever and a performing governor that deserved everyoneâ€™s support and cooperation in taking Lagos to higher heights.
The immediate past governor noted that the realisation of the new Obaâ€™s palace was an evidence of Fasholaâ€™s dedication to duties and beliefe in shared vision of the past governors who had in one way or the other contributed to the upliftment of the palace into a modern building,
He said when the current democracy started in 1999, Lagos was in total bankruptcy but due to endurance of all, â€œLagos has become what it is today and it will only get better with the type of Fashola in administartion.â€
Okunnu, Oba Adetona, Olagbegi all spoke glowingly of Fasholaâ€™s administration and for making the building a reality in their own life time.
Fashola acknowledges Tinubuâ€™s efforts
The governor in his brief comments, acknowledged the efforts and support of his predecessor Tinubu, who he said initiated the move to build the new palace.
â€œWhat we are here to commemorate is the dream that has been for long as successive military administrators and governors have contributed in no small means to the palace renewal with Tinubu administration being most impactful.Also, it was not just a government project but a project pursued with passion by Oba Akiolu.â€
While stressing that everyone has a role to play in preserving their heritage, Fashola disclosed plans by his administration to bring in experts to work out ways of fully preserving the history of Lagos State.
â€œWe will continue to ensure the renewal of Obaâ€™s and chiefsâ€™ palaces in the state. Already, some palaces are at different stages of completion. I feel humbled and delighted to have contributed in one way or the other to the preservation of our traditional institution,â€ Fashola said.