By Monsur Olowoopejo
Lagos—As the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP crisis intensifies, Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has urged the party to resolve its crisis and form a vibrant opposition in the country, saying; “the country’s democracy needs opposition.” Fashola, in an interview, said that the country’s democracy cannot survive without a vibrant opposition to checkmate the party in government (All progressives Congress, APC).
According to him, “We have been in opposition and it is necessary. Today, those who were in opposition for 16 years are now preparing to get into governance, and those who were in government before now see how opposition life is.” The governor noted: “It is important that opposition must remain. The country’s democracy needs opposition.”
Explaining the importance of vibrant opposition in democratic governance, he said “for instance, the two dominant parties in United States of America, USA, are either in or out of government. While one serves as opposition for some years, the other is in government and vice verse. Speaking about his successor, Fashola said; “ in a sense, we have gained and for my successor, Akinwunmi Ambode, he stands at the threshold of history because all the issues that affected the state may ultimately come to an end during his tenure.
“By the vote of Nigerians, APC is now the party that will form the government at the center and in Lagos. We are also happy that we also have a lawyer as the Vice President of the country. He will understand the importance of law,” the governor added.
Meantime, the state government yesterday, presented to the public 31 research projects from various fields of human endeavour carried out through N126.2 million state’s grant. The projects were aimed at promoting infrastructural development and economic growth in the country. Governor Fashola said at the occasion that research and development is germane for economic growth of any country or state in the world. According to him, the research projects on exhibition at the event were funded through the state’s Research and Development Grants, LRDG.