A political group based in Lagos south west Nigeria has urged residents of the State in all political parties to come together and return the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode unopposed in the next year’s governorship election.
The group by the name ‘Honourable Yepe Support Group for Ambode’ held a rally tagged ‘Mother of all Rally’ on Sunday, 12th of August 2018 to mobilise a massive congregation of holders of the Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) and enlighten them on the essence of participating in an election.
The convener and founder of the group, Dr. Abdulhakeem Abdullateef who also doubles as the Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs said that residents of the state must prove to all Nigerians that they were ready to develop a common attitude toward the forthcoming gubernatorial election in 2019.
“We have experienced a governor who has integrated execution into strategy by doing more than he says. A governor who follows the tenets of good governance, rule of law, constitutional democracy, and all inclusive governance. We are not ready to change a winning team.
“We must be united regardless of our political parties and ideological differences in coming together to allow Akinwunmi Ambode complete the massive infrastructural renewal which are visible in all sectors throughout the five divisions of Lagos State.
“Let no political party contest gubernatorial election in Lagos State. This will encourage future governors to do well knowing full well that Lagosians are reasonable people who will always put their political differences aside as a mark of respect for a selfless and hardworking governor like Akinwunmi Ambode.” Abdul Hakeem said
He said that the unanimous agreement would reduce election cost and allow for more works to be delivered by the Governor before the expiration of his first term in office.
“If you look at the budget of INEC for the election, one way Lagosians can assist in reducing the huge amount to be spent on the forthcoming election is by not contesting against Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in the election. It will also remove the distractions associated with campaigns as the governor will be able to concentrate in ensuring timely completion of all ongoing projects.” he said
The commissioner explained that the governor has performed very well in the last three years with programme initiatives that affect every inhabitants of the state.
According to him “The governor restructured civil service and saves the state billions of naira. The crime rate in the state has dropped due to serious investment in community policing as well as the acquisition of security equipments for the use of the Police and other members of the Armed Forces. The governor also instituted a N25bn Employment Trust Fund which has improved the entrepreneurial base of the state. The massive construction of road networks including federal, state and local government inner roads. This is in addition to the Light up Lagos project which has added to making Lagos a liveable city.”
He attributed the peaceful coexistence permeating in the state to religious strategies applied by the government and other proactive measures to ensure a peaceful atmosphere.
He however urged residents of the state to key into the vision of the state government towards achieving the Smart City status, thereby allowing for provision of more basic infrastructural renewal projects across the state and make life more meaningful for everyone.