The campaign train of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, hit the ancient town of Ikorodu on Saturday, with the leadership of the party assuring Lagosians in general and Ikorodu people in particular of continuation of its excellent performance in the state.
Led by the state Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), the campaign train arrived to a tumultuous reception from the mammoth crowd of people who have been waiting eagerly for the governor and Ambode.
Speaking at the event, Fashola described the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in the state, Jimi Agbaje, as lacking governance skills.
He said: “The PDP candidate said a few days ago that only three per cent of the state budget is allocated to education.
“This revelation shows that this man does not know anything about governance and does not even study the budget of the state he aspires to govern.
“He should come and learn from us.
“We have been well tutored in art of governance by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and we are delivering the goods to the people of Lagos State.”
According to Fashola, apart from the fact that 16 per cent of the budget is allocated to the education sector, there are other education-related allocation in other ministries.
“Budget for renovation, rehabilitation and construction of schools is domiciled in the Ministry of Works, the one for which we feed school pupils is in the Ministry of Health,” he said.
Fashola advised the people to vote for Ambode because he has experience in governance and has been proved to be capable.
He added: “This man worked with me for six years and he was excellent.
“When their party (PDP) unjustly and illegally seized money belonging to Lagos council, it was Ambode who managed our finance successfully ensuring that our newly created councils survived.
“I was managing the legal aspect with Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, while Ambode was in charge
of finance and the result was the survival of the councils and the resounding success of grassroots governance you are witnessing today in Lagos State.”
Ambode, on his part, assured Lagosians that he will build on the remarkable achievements of Fashola to make life better for Lagosians.
He said: “For the past 15 years, Lagos has been run on the path of excellence.
“Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu laid a solid foundation of infrastructure development on which Babatunde Raji Fashola has built and is still building durable and remarkable structures.
“We will continue from where Governor Fashola might have stopped with desire to continue the administration of excellence in Lagos.”
Ambode, a former Accountant General of the state, further said he will work hard to protect, consolidate and improve on the solid infrastructure development of the state.
Apart from Fashola and Ambode, others present at the rally were: the state Deputy Governor, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire; the party’s Chairman in the state, Chief Henry Oladele Ajomale; Ambode’s running mate, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule; the state Commissioner for Transport, Comrade Kayode Opeifa; his Information and Strategy counterpart, Lateef Ibirogba; Woman Leader of the APC in the state, Kemi Nelson;
House of Representatives member for Ikeja Federal Constituency, James Abiodun Faleke; and the First Lady of Lagos State, Dame Emmanuella Fashola.
Via Eagle Online