The Executive Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, has revealed to Nigerians why President Goodluck Jonathan should not be re-elected in 2015.
Fashola, who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) while addressing members of the Yoruba Tennis Club and their Island Club counterparts at their respective Club Houses in Onikan, Lagos on December 24, Wednesday, scored the Jonathan-led administration very low and urged Nigerians to vote it out in the next general elections.
The governor, who insisted that change of leadership is an imperative at the national level, pointed out that Nigeria is too important both globally and continentally to be left in the hands of those who“play politics with the lives of her citizens.”
Fashola said the national government, formed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has failed to deliver its most important responsibility, which is the security of life and property of citizens and protection of the country’s territorial integrity.
He further noted that Nigerians handed over a whole country to the ruling party in 2011, but lamented that the same party is now returning to Nigerians to ask for another leadership mandate with only part of the country, having lost some parts to the Boko Haram terrorists group ravaging the north-eastern part of the country.
“They are returning now to ask for our votes with only a part of the country that we gave them because some parts of the country have been lost to people we didn’t elect. So, in that most important responsibility, they have dropped the ball,” he said.
Fashola, who expressed disappointment that the PDP has politicised everything, stated that nothing is too much for the party to sloganize about. He alleged that the PDP-led Federal Government is playing politics with a sensitive issue of the more than 234 female students that were abducted by Boko Haram on April 14, from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.
The governor further took a swipe at the PDP-led for claiming that Nigeria is the biggest economy in Africa, and wondered why smaller economies could provide electricity for their people while the self acclaimed “biggest economy” could keep her people in darkness.
“Please ask them why smaller economies could get petrol easily for their people and why we have to queue for hours and days to get petrol in a biggest economy in Africa,” he said.
Fashola also questioned why the so-called biggest economy in Africa is trying to buy arms from a smaller economy to secure the country, and why the nation’s currency, the Naira, is now trading for N180+ per U.S. Dollar, while the South African Rand is trading at R11 to one USD.
The governor said what matters are the quality of the life and prosperity of the citizens and not the size or number being bandied by the PDP-led government, and tasked Nigerians to recall the last time the President went to present the Annual Budget in the National Assembly, an obligation, he said is a constitutional one.
Fashola also alleged that the Federal Government played politics with the Ebola Virus Disease containment as it almost turned the very grave situation into a political trophy.
He lauded the APC-led administration in Lagos state in the area of Education, Security, Power and the financial sector despite the very perilous economic and security situation in the nation.
It would be recalled that Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe, the Chairman of the PDP in the South-West, said Governor Fashola had not done so well to merit the praise he received from residents of the state.
Meanwhile, President Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo will spend over N4b on food and travels in 2015, according to the details of the budget proposal submitted to the National Assembly by Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.