A former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu, Wednesday, at a campaign rally of the All Progressives Party, APC for Lagos West Senatorial district explained why Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje, ditched the party.
Tinubu said, “In 2007, we had governorship primary and Fashola won but he (Agbaje) failed and refused to accept the result. I told him to accept the fact that Fashola was more diligent and experienced than him but we told him to remain in the party and we would teach him the way but he refused.
“You see, when a toddler is trying to run when he cannot even walk properly, his mother has to guide him so that he will not fall and break his teeth. He left and joined the Democratic Peoples Alliance. The DPA presented him as its candidate but he failed, we beat him mercilessly.
“Later, he wanted to return to the party and we asked him if he would become a commissioner but we knew it was unlikely because he had even refused to be the deputy governor. Before we knew it, he had gone to join the Ebola party. God forbid that Ebola takes over Lagos.
“See where we are coming from and where we are going. They say they want to replace us in Lagos. Someone who cannot take care of himself wants to take care of Lagos. Don’t experiment with Lagos.”
Tinubu said Agbaje, a pharmacist, lacked requisite political experience needed to manage the state economy. Tinubu said Agbaje was no match to his party’s governorship candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode, a former public servant in Lagos. Tinubu credited Ambode, then accountant-general of the state, with the financial re-engineering that enabled Lagos shore up his internally generated revenues, and to be able to pay salaries when the former President Olusegun Obasanjo seized share of the state’s local governments allocation.
The former governor was believed to have propped Ambode to contest the office, and consequently drawing the bile of some of his lieutenants, who equally indicated interests in the same enterprise.
Sharing Tinubu’s belief, Governor Babatunde Fashola said Ambode would be a worthy successor. Fashola expressed satisfaction at being able to ensure 24-hour power supply to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and other government facilities. He acknowledged Ambode as a worthy successor and expressed optimism that he would do better than he in other sectors of the state.
Fashola also cut President Goodluck Jonathan some slack, blaming the current insecurity on past administrations.
“I have never said I cannot do my job because my predecessor failed,” Fashola said, (and) “To say that you cannot buy guns because Maj. Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) failed to do so is flimsy. Our military were one of the most respected and did well in Sierra Leone and Liberia.”
“Even if Buhari did not buy guns, is it the guns of 1985 that he wants to use to fight today?” the governor queried.
Ambode, on his part, promised to run the state economy efficiently despite the vagaries of oil price in the international market. He also assured entrepreneurs of loans accessibility and that he would set up an employment trust fund.