Former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, has openly expressed his support for the governorship aspirant, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, against Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, in the All Progressives Congress, APC, primary coming up on Monday.
Tinubu who campaigned for Sanwo-Olu expressed his support just as he stated the crime of the incumbent, Ambode.
In a statement he issued on Sunday ahead of the primary, Tinubu stated that with a person like Sanwo-Olu, the state would achieve the required economic growth and general development.
Said he: “I am encouraged by the emergence of a candidate in this primary who has served the state in senior positions in my administration, the Fashola administration and even in the current one. While possessing a wealth of experience and exposure, he is a young man endowed with superlative vision and commitment.
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“Most importantly, he understands the importance of the blueprint for development. He esteems it as a reliable and well-conceived vehicle for the future development of the state. He also knows the value of reaching out and working with others in order to maximize development and provide people the best leadership possible.
“With people like him at the helm, the state will write the proper history for itself.
“When the final word is given let it be said that we want all Lagosians to look to the future with the hope and optimism that our best days remain before us and not behind us.”
Tinubu identified the crimes of Ambode as the refusal to follow fully, the blueprint for the development of the state as laid down by his (Tinubu’s) government.
He said the blueprint was the type that should allow all, irrespective of status fully participate and justly benefit from the social dividends and improvements brought by this plan.
He said although he might not have put up a perfect master plan, it could be fine tuned.
To totally depart from the master plan without a compelling reason by Ambode, he said, had brought about painful consequence of the improper departure.
“To ignore this blueprint for progress in order to replace it with ad-hoc schemes of a materially inferior quality contravenes the spirit of progressive governance and of our party. Such narrowness of perspective does not bring us closer to our appointed destination; it takes us farther from that destiny.
“For reasons unknown to me and most Lagosians, we have experienced such deviations from enlightened governance recently,” he said.
He noted however that the trend must be arrested before it went very bad.
“We must arrest this trend before irreparable harm is committed against the people and their future. For the record, let it be known that I shall vote in this primary because I see it as one of extreme import to our state and our party. Just as I shall vote, I equally urge all party members to do so,” he said.