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Lagos Gov. Fashola Unhappy with Pres. Jonathan’s Speech at PDP Lagos Rally

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FasholaLagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola, is unhappy about the speech that President Goodluck Jonathan gave at the PDP 2015 flag-off campaign in Lagos.

Speaking on Thursday during the Edo Town Hall meeting, Fashola is said to have stated that the president was unable to illustrate any accomplishments he had made in his last six years or reforms he hoped to implement if re-elected.

Here are excerpts from Fashola’s remarks, as reported by Premium Times:

“Today, you have listened to a vice presidential candidate telling you in 29 minutes many things you will never hear at a rally because the time for such discussions doesn’t exist for many Nigerian want to interrogate people making empty promises, the governor said.

But we chose to be different because we are bustling with ideas. We know ideas can change things. He (Osinbajo) has spoken to you for 29 minutes. He has been on this assignment for only three weeks and he has discussed power with you, he has discussed employment with you, he has discussed agriculture with you, he has discussed welfare scheme, health care, youth development with you without reading any speech. He has been there for three weeks only and he has not been yet elected.

Now what is on the other side (PDP), because I spent about an hour listening to the president in my state? For almost the same period I saw a very angry president. I saw a president who is lamenting about people judging his performance and blaming all those who ruled before him, forgetting that he has been on this job for six years.

And he kept saying ‘they say we don’t have a plan’ and for almost 45 minutes he did not reveal a plan on security, he did not reveal a plan on corruption. I listened to him. Now after six years without being able to articulate what he has done and what he will do but blaming everybody and forgetting that he is the Commander-in-Chief. If the kitchen is becoming too hot as it’s becoming obvious he must get out of it.”

…this election is going to be about job approval. It is not about where you come from; it is not about how young he is; it is job approval after six years. Are you happy with your situation?

So if after six years he has not been able to explain to you what he is doing with your time, with your resource – 52 % revenue formula, do you want to continue another four years?”

73 Comments

  1. ak

    January 9, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    He has spoken the plain truth

  2. halyma

    January 9, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Fashola for president!

  3. Tolu

    January 9, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    You have spoken the truth sir. Jonathan must go and change must occur. Very corrupt and inept government. I choose change. I choose Buhari

  4. Funsho

    January 9, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    No

    But i pray Buhari wont come with troubles too

  5. lami

    January 9, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    He has hit the nail on the head

  6. x-factor

    January 9, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    sound argument!

  7. Bobo

    January 9, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Drops Mic and walks away!

  8. PACE

    January 9, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    You can’t give what you don’t have. GEJ lacks the know how fit for a president and as such cannot deliver. Gone are the days when I’ll be surprised at his actions/inaction. Putting up with a wife such as Dame and doing nothing to improve her level of intelligence says a lot about him.

  9. Southsouthchairman

    January 9, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    God bless you bros for saying the truth

  10. bosma

    January 9, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    I hate jonathan bad luk

  11. BN lover

    January 9, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Fashola all u ve said is the truth and sincerely if u were APC’s candidate for president I would ve voted for you, if it was another person….i mean a fresh face,i wud ve voted n ensured my friends n family did same, but no APC came out we Buhari…..i will rather vote and support a president I’m sure will not do anything new or worthwhile than a man I’m certain will support child bribe marriage, will not know the advantage of going to school,or a man dat doesn’t know that he is too old for certain things,retire home and rest

    • ms.b

      January 10, 2015 at 3:32 am

      With your statement, and the number of likes you have, it shows why nigeria is still where it is. Our problem isn’t just d leaders we have, but also the reasoning of d masses. Most of us have a very low IQ when it cums to reasoning properly n moving for the right thing. How can he advocate for all that in a democracy wia evry decision d president wants to make has to be passed tru d legislators??? Kai! Naija ppl,smh… sad!

    • fleur

      January 10, 2015 at 7:35 pm

      Love this. So true

    • ada1

      January 12, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      my thoughts exactly! if APC had brought out fashola for president, mehn, it’ll be a landslide win. instead to “please”the northerners, they brought buhari. the devil i know in GEJ is better for me than the “angel” i dont know in buhari.

  12. ada nnewi

    January 9, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Gbam!!!…GEJ supporters please crawl out from your hiding places and tackle his statement with sound logic if you can…

    • Iris

      January 10, 2015 at 1:01 am

      I am sure many GEJ supporters are only supporters because the alternative is worse. If Fashola was APC’s candidate I think GEJ would have fewer supporters.

    • The CmK

      January 12, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      Going from GEJ to Buhari is synonymous to going from frying pan to fire.
      APR clearly do not care about Nigeria. If they did they would have brought someone else.

  13. bruno

    January 9, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    when are they doing the presidential debate. I want to see GEJ fumble. lol. he is the worst speaker known to mankind.

  14. ehirabor

    January 9, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Jonathan must go. YES! Maybe after d next 4 years. Because buhari is definitely not the change for nigeria. God bless Naija

  15. imose

    January 9, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    All i am saying Nigerians know the power of your votes!!! Only a leader who has done well for our economy deserves a 2nd term. #Wedeservebetter

  16. YASMINA

    January 9, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Fashola should sit his pretentious ass down. He only performed during his first term and he has the mouth to talk. Please go in the streets and hear how lagosians dislike this man. All this social media tinz na wash. Why hasnt he finished building the 8 lane road and monorail project that he started since God knows when? Why did he increase the LASU school fees? Why is there no running water in Lagos state? A whole Lagos state? With the 30 billion Lagos state gets in taxes and revenues?

    Why are there no functional drainage systems to reduce floods and ridiculous traffic in Lagos? Why has Tinubu turned Lagos state treasury into his personal bank account? Fashola should just sit down somewhere jejely. People who live in glass houses do not throw stones.

    • simi

      January 9, 2015 at 7:37 pm

      Dear @yasmina, I stay in Lagos,I am Lagosian, I walk on the street, i like him (Fashola), i have water, I can walk through Oshodi, I can drive through lagos and enjoy over 15mins no bump ride (tho pot holes still exist), mind you the drainage system can only be fixed if we (lagos residents) would stop littering the floor…. Please if you want to bash fashola feel free, but arguing blindly with no physical proof is baseless….
      Moreover you would have made much sense if you defended your candidate by helping him state what he spent 6 years doing…

    • YASMINA

      January 9, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      And you conveniently avoided answering the questions put forward.

    • YASMINA

      January 9, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      The same Lagos that is constantly on the list of worst cities in the world to live in? The same Lagos I live where it’s possible to spend ridiculously long hours on the road because of the horrible gullies? I’m a Lagosian and Fashola has performed poorly what with the funds available. Let”s call a spade a spade.

    • diamond

      January 10, 2015 at 1:07 am

      God bless u simi.

    • James UDOH

      January 10, 2015 at 6:37 am

      Speak for yourself. Been in lagos for 36years of my life. I own a house here & have been paying land use charge for God knows how long & we’ve not seen anything done. Forget the media hype – fashola is a huge WASH!!

    • TONY

      January 10, 2015 at 4:31 am

      @YASMINA, Fashola was given 8 years and we all know what he has done. What has your president done in 6 years? Simi gave her points so i expect you to give yours too. I lived in Lagos during the 90s and early 2000s before i moved to PHC. Coming back to Lagos for a friend’s wedding in 2013, the changes i saw amazed me. Omo if not for anything, i walka for Oshodi freely and went back to PHC to tell my family the good news. Fashola try. Oga Jona want chop all the money for Naija with his wife and him no want do any work. Diaris God o….chai.

    • prince ajibade

      January 10, 2015 at 11:38 am

      you are just an agent of darkness and backwardness. I’m a lagosian but resides in Abuja, mind you not in a village, I live in a place where I pay 800k per annum for a one bedroom flat (Garki 2 behind old FERMA) and I can boldly say that nothing good has come out of this government. from the president to FCT minister. is there something we don’t pay for in this country and what can you stand for that you benefit from a government that you’ve don’t so much for. there are things I cant say on this platform but trust me, this administration is A FAILURE!!! don’t seat on the fence and judge, go close to those that have fact and close to the present administration.

    • Stanley

      January 10, 2015 at 11:17 pm

      man u just hating on him…. Which Gov had done anything beta than fashola… Jonathan has bin ruling for the past 12 years of his life and no change at all.. A change we need, New Party new govt, let give someone else a try.. this is not an monarchy were a child passes down to the oda.. PDP HOW MANY YEARS

  17. Nk

    January 9, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    When a man lacks depth, what in heavens name were we expecting. Don’t accuse anybody, just tell us your own agenda””?

    In spite of all the problems inherited from the past regime, which we all know and empathized with you in the past but we have given you 6 years sir, what have you come to the party with? Common na………Question for the Gods. Stop passing the bulk oh Mr GEJ. Take responsibility as the first sign of a true leader

  18. kz

    January 9, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH SIR. THERE IS NO TWO WAYS TO THIS ISSUE, JONATHAN IS A BAD FAILURE AND REFUSES TO ACCEPT THAT. IT IS OBVIOUS THAT HE IS FINALLY GOING TO DISGRACE HIMSELF WITH THE RESULT OF THE ELECTION WHICH WILL PROVE TO HIM THAT Pple are TRULY TIRED OF HIS INEPTITUDE, SLUGGISHNESS, INCOMPETENCY WHICH SUM UP ALLTHE WOES AND DETERIORATION THAT NIGERIAN ARE ENCOUNTERING TODAY. GOD BLESS GOV. FASHOLA AND GOD BLESS NIGERIA!!! TIME FOR CHANGE IS HERE

    • NagosBigBoi

      January 9, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      We go vote am out…..just like people for Sri Lanka just do to their president! Dem surprise am!

  19. kz

    January 9, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH SIR. THERE IS NO TWO WAYS TO THIS ISSUE, JONATHAN IS A BAD FAILURE AND REFUSES TO ACCEPT THAT. IT IS OBVIOUS THAT HE IS FINALLY GOING TO DISGRACE HIMSELF WITH THE RESULT OF THE ELECTION WHICH WILL PROVE TO HIM THAT Pple are TRULY TIRED OF HIS INEPTITUDE, SLUGGISHNESS, INCOMPETENCY WHICH SUM UP ALLTHE WOES AND DETERIORATION THAT NIGERIAN ARE ENCOUNTERING TODAY. GOD BLESS GOV. FASHOLA AND GOD BLESS NIGERIA. GMB/OS FOR CHANGE!

  20. bella no nija

    January 9, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    kai!!! i tire honestly. Governor Fasholar was brutally articulate. if only someone like (Gov Fashola) with this intellect and concern for the growth of Nigeria becomes president….. at least something profound will come out of that four years assigned to him- president.

  21. el patron

    January 9, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    sound mind talking now.. GEJ is not sound enough to rule a country like Nigeria, we have suffered for six years, We can see the future four years now, we shouldn’t make mistake with the next four year.. vote for CHANGE now. I don’t know Buhari I only know of his mistakes and accomplishments from History, My elders and from listening to Fela’s music.
    And if anything is constant its the DISCIPLINE and that’s what we need right now
    Discipline in our security, discipline in our educational sector and all other aspect of our economy.
    God has really blessed us so much, we don’t need to suffer like we are doing now,
    we need to steady our ship in these stormy waters and get back on course so we can sail to our treasure island.

    • dee virtue

      January 10, 2015 at 2:21 pm

      Well said. We need a man who can instill discipline not the man who will keep excusing & pardoning thieves. GEJ should know that where there is law, there is punishment for breaking that law.

  22. on top ya matter

    January 9, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    To be honest why do people just keep targeting Buhari…. granted maybe you have a very good reason but id rather see what Buhari can do with the four years assigned to him than re-electing Jonathan. six years and i am googling on the internet exactly did we Nigerians achieve… even Gov Fashola himself says.. i quote “Now after six years without being able to articulate what he has done and what he will do but blaming everybody and forgetting that he is the Commander-in-Chief” at least lets give Buhari the benefit of the doubt and if he messes up then we can then say Buhari was not a good candidate (President) or commander-in-chief to represent Nigeria. how many years do you want Jonathan to become president. even if he was the best president (clearly not) he should step down and give other people who are qualified the opportunity to represent Nigeria. To be brutally honest i think 6 years is more than enough to prove that you are capable to rule, if within that six years and people are still asking what exactly did Jonathan do that was profound or that made Nigerians proud and yet we are still scratching our heads to find the answer then Nigerians you already know that he is not qualified to rule for any extra years, even though his plan is to vindicate himself, chop more money, or sit on that presidential seat and be chopping fufu and egusi…. please we dont want. pack ya bag and go…. please what else do you want to show us that you have not already……

    • prince ajibade

      January 10, 2015 at 11:51 am

      exactly. let Buhari come and prove himself. let’s even have a feel of change. PDP has ruled us now for 16 good years. lets experience something different and see if PDP is truly the party to hold on to or otherwise. I’m from the west but my vote is for BUHARI. I want him to come and show us what he is capable of

  23. anonymous

    January 9, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Yesmna or wats dat ur foolish name ur soo daft n dumb, am a lagosian an I graduated frm lasu 4 four solid years I was on scholarship they usually return our fee (we lagosians)after each session an nw dey r all paying 25k….we love fashola and very soon he’d become our nxt president so f**k off…

  24. Y

    January 9, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    I listened to the president and, with due respect Mr. Fashola, he didn’t apportion blames. No, he addressed the criticisms against him. If he didn’t do it the opposition will claim the criticisms are true, hence, he didn’t want to talk about them.
    Some people are thrilled by Fashola’s comment as if it’s some speech by an independent, non – partisan university lecturer who has no agenda.
    And for all his records, Fashola is just a member of the APC. Not a presidential candidate, not a running mate. APC didn’t consider him to be good enough. That’s how they reason. It’s a shame.

    • Peaches77

      January 10, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      I need not add more. And to Fashola, no I did not see an angry president.

  25. PErEZ

    January 9, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Mr Fashola let me say that APC has failed this 2015 Presidential elections by fielding GMB as their party flag bearer, it’s like our intentions are to put the gear of this Nation in an auto reverse, must an old Man rule this Nation? I don’t think so. Nigeria needs a credible leader which I don’t see in GMB nor the siting President who acts out of fear and with no Political and vested will to tackle National issues as they arise. I won’t say he hasn’t performed as a President because they have been institutional changes in Nation. If there’s no distraction from North Eastern States I would say categorically that GEJ would have achieved more success than what we have witnessed. I would rather stick to the devil I know than the angel in GMB I don’t know. His policies are old fashioned and doesn’t represent a new Nigeria we are envisioning.

    • Missy J

      January 9, 2015 at 10:28 pm

      “Must an old man rule this nation”…????
      How old is the present pope?
      How old is the president of Tunisia?
      How old is the president of Uruguay?( The Uruguayan president is one of the best presidents in history, Read about him)
      When the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo contested in the presidential election in 1983 he was 74 years old
      When first premier of Eastern region, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe contested in the 1979 election he was 75
      Ronald Reagan became the American president at the age of 70 and served two terms of 4years each
      Moraji Desai became the prime minister of India at the age of 81, Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the age of 74 and they all demonstrated great wisdom in nation building.
      So at 72 no one should be worried about Muhammadu Buhari’s age cause leadership is about responsibility and not carrying a keg of kerosene.
      Leadership has no age limit. I prefer a man who is tied to a stake and about to be killed but who still commands authority and can effect the needed changes in the country to a healthy,young and agile know who is insensitive to his people.
      You talk about auto reverse the country??? Why do you people talk as if you don’t know how these things work? You think Obama and Putin take decisions concerning the country on that own?? Do you think Obama studied medicine? Do you think he studied economies? But he’s able to ditch out political sanctions that is swallowing Russian economy, America produced the Ebola vaccine…you think he did that all on his own? As of last year Russia had the highest growing economy, were you told Putin has a degree in Econs? All these are made possible by the help of the men which make up their cabinet. Good luck is a good bad but he doesn’t have the vision. He is working with the wrong people.

    • tunmi

      January 10, 2015 at 1:24 am

      Go ahead Missy J, throwing down facts like nobody’s business. I just love when people use facts to support their argument. (Applause emoticon

    • fleur

      January 10, 2015 at 10:43 pm

      I agree but in a country where over 60% of the pulsation in under the age of 50, having old men constantly presented as the ones who can do good is BAD

    • chuka

      January 12, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      There’s a difference though. A man never grows old if his mind has been actively engaged in worthwhile activities all his life. In fact, such a mind becomes a reservoir of knowledge for self and nation. It is different if all you spent your years doing was waiting to run for presidency at every election, and this, after vowing each time not to contest again. Such a mind may have atrophied, hung up on that one blinding desire- to be president!

    • Olu

      January 9, 2015 at 11:08 pm

      ur opinion is respected .. the fact is change is here, just cast ur vote for ur candidate.

    • ufy

      January 10, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      All those attacking Gej sud pls take several seats.buhari will never win,i repeat never!if u like criticise him and talk rubbish from now till tomorow come February 14 GEJ would win.the buhari u ppl r talking about what did he achieve in his tenure ehn?corruption did not start with Gej it’s been in the system,u dnt expect majic to happe over night,APC is just a power thirty party,very aggressive looking for all means to win,u will be disgraced in this election.apc take note

  26. Beautiful

    January 9, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Fashola I can understand now why some people call you a pretender, huh , so Bokohari is the best your atrocious APC can offer, you have the mouth to say GEJ is not sound when you have a stack illiterate under your nose who may not even understand the dynamics of modern economy…. so much for hypocrisy!!!!

    • the universal chik

      January 10, 2015 at 8:14 am

      Whenever you argue base your claim with proof, that makes your argument credible.

    • prince ajibade

      January 10, 2015 at 12:25 pm

      you be real OLODO. akuya

  27. true talk

    January 9, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    I am not interested in any party o, the candidate is my business Jimi Agbaje for governor Lagos state and Buhari for president. Let us see the power of good Nigeria.

  28. Que

    January 9, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    My mama says we should’ve just bought Jonthan shoes and left him in Bayelsa state jejely….

    While we’re on this matter, given the pros and cons of both parties, I’d chose a gamble with Buhari solely so that Nigerian leaders can understand that an 8year tenure is neither a birthright nor a guaranteed occurrence…

  29. Missy J

    January 9, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    It’s so funny how Buhari’s achievements can be mentioned with ease. They all took place in a year before some of us were born while President Good luck who has been here for 6years and his achievements are not 3o years ago which make it easier to remember cannot be be mentioned lol even GEJ will have to rack his brain to remember his own achievements.
    I’m of the opinion that GEJ would have performed better but was distracted by the insurgency but he didn’t react well to it and he doesn’t show promise of reacting better if re-elected. Have you guys listened to Prof. Osinbajo? He lectured Presido and co. on how to go about state matters so if Buhari is old school don’t worry we have the Prof behind him.

  30. dee

    January 9, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    @perez what has your new fashioned GEJ done for you! so he was distracted from giving the nation good power supply too? GEJ supporters have no point! he said he appointed female ministers, aviation stole money, finance saw our naira fall! we need change! let our old fashioned Buhari come and school us and send your corrupt asses to jail!

  31. shine

    January 9, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    Gov. Fashola u r on point. Dis country is too big 4 President Jonathan. Nigeria problem is nt money but honest leader. Even if d prise of crude oil hit $500/br without honest leader is d same.vote 4 GMB Vote 4 future of our children n on generation unborn. It is sad after sponsoring my 2 younger one 2 higher institutions n they find difficult 2 get a job.

  32. Politbru

    January 10, 2015 at 1:40 am

    NIGERIA IS FULL OF HYPOCRITES. AT THE DAWN OF DEMOCRACY, THE LAGOS PRESS WAS AGOG WITH QUOTES FROM SO MANY PRO DEMOCRACY POLITICIANS SAYING UNPRINTABLE THINGS AGAINST MILITARY RULE AND RETIRED GENERALS. FAST FORWARD TO 2014/15 THEY ARE ALL QUEUING BEHIND BUHARI. A NATION WHOSE LEADERSHIP CLASS LACK PRINCIPLES, VALUES AND INTEGRITY CAN NEVER MAKE PROGRESS.

  33. Justice King

    January 10, 2015 at 2:45 am

    Jonthan this,Buhari that etc,none of u all will deliver Nigeria 4rm this pit i saw her falling in,Why?bcos the power that suposed to be elected & voted peacefully,is being HIJACKED,by so called rulers & not leaders,4rm the first head of state to the present one now,if u became president 2day & u want to contest again,u hav e 2 set out of ur seat 1 year interval b4 the election, Nigeria is falling into a bottomless pit,pls,we need YAHWEH’s intervention o,let YAHWEH choose the person that wiill LEAD us,ELI ELI LA NIGERIA SABACTANI!

  34. ms.b

    January 10, 2015 at 3:42 am

    The devil I don’t know, is better than the devil I’ve tried. I take risk, I rather vote buhari!

  35. glory

    January 10, 2015 at 4:55 am

    politics is a dirty game.Let he whom d crown fits wear it.dis politicians are all d same,fake promises and lies.Pls u guys shouldn’t waste ur precious time ova arguments,cos whether u like it or not,they knw d winner already.c’mn we all knw who d winner is.hw many presidents hv ruled for 4 yrs without cmn bck 4 anoda tenure?.pls I and my family won’t waste our precious time and life goin out 2 vote cos dis so called politicians are takin us 4 a ride.All I pray 4 is dat God delivers us from bloodshed durin d election and preserves us.

  36. ChincoBee

    January 10, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Gbam
    Gbammer
    Gbammest……I dislike all these Speech Reading Leaders

    Am tired of ranting. Like seriously,whats the pride of a president that can’t boast of things he has achieved over the years?
    What bothers me is this same question “When you become president,how hard is it to make decisions?to delegate?to do atleast half of what you promise” please is it that hard?I know fashola definitely aint a saint but he worked and we can see that. After a while,i wanna believe there are forces behind these presidents not doing anything. Do they wanna take this money to heaven or what?or they really believe the name “Kokumo” exists?

    O su mi jare

  37. My own

    January 10, 2015 at 7:58 am

    All hail the media. My own is that no one should think that this minute number of folks on the Internet and crying change represents the rest of population. We have different opinions and GEJ is my option just like many others. Ask Ekiti people what happened and how all the media propaganda didn’t stop Fayose from getting massive votes. *dropsmike #saynotopostelectionviolence #wedonotallstand4whitewashedchange #whydidntFasholarun4thepresidentialprimaries #oristhekitchentoohotforhim?

  38. the universal chik

    January 10, 2015 at 8:30 am

    I currently have no candidate, needless to say. A commander can hardly have all the answers but he must be willing to check and from the right source. Gej has been criticised because many of his decisions have been poor. I can say though fashola hasn’t been perfect but he can be said to have carried out quite a number of projects and can defend them. Now for a fact we cannot say GMB is better because we hardly know him, but we should realise we make the decision of the next four years if its good or bad and we should be properly informed and aware of those choices. We shouldn’t argue about the man rather we should argue his track record and his future for us cos either way we’re affected. Thank you.

  39. Folake

    January 10, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    “The January 2014 global study of cities in the world done by the British Economist Intelligence Unit has ranked Lagos, Nigeria, as the 3rd worst liveable city in the world. Lagos has degraded further from its awful status in 2012 as the 4th worst city.
    On a scale of 100 Lagos now has the third poorest score of 39.0 of all cities in the world assessed. The study titled ‘livability’ assessed particular characteristics of each city, such as its crime levels, the threat of conflict, the quality of medical care, the levels of censorship, the city temperature, the quality of its schools and its transport links.”
    ………Reported by British Telegraph
    [January 2014]

    …………(2) LAGOS WORK IS CUT OUT
    Lagos state government has earned $40 billion in revenues between 1999 and now. The money – less salary and running expenses – was partly shared between Bola Tinubu, and Raji Fashola under corporate guise in the worst scam ever in modern Yoruba history. Lagos state last year floated a loan bond of about 80 billion Naira and got public investors to subscribe for repayment with interest but once the bond was fully subscribed, Raji Fashola took 40% of that money – about 35 billion Naira or so – and handed it over in cash to Bola Tinubu, via a bogus corporate front.
    This patently corrupt deal was ostensibly to buy back Lagos state ‘concession rights’on the Lekki tolled Expressway, according to Raji Fashola. But what the corrupt and clever by half Raji Fashola did not say is that the land at issue belongs to Lagos state and was never sold to Bola Tinubu’s company in the first place. Or did Bola Tinubu’s company invest 35 billion Naira developing the road.

    In other words, by sheer fraud, Raji Fashola paid Bola Tinubu 25 years profit upfront, without any further work. A lien was then imposed on Lagos portion of federal revenue for the next three [3] years to pay for this 80 billion Naira debt, by all Lagos residents.
    This transaction must count as the worst fraud ever in Yoruba history since Nigeria became independent on October i, 1960.
    On May 21st, 2014, the Lagos State Commissioner for Finance, Ayodeji Gbeleyi, confirmed that Lagos state debts, as at May 2014, stood at N435 billion – including N275 billion in bonds – equivalent to 2.7 billion United States dollars
    (as at that date).
    Now, discounting monthly interest rates on the commercial portion of this debt, gross Lagos’ debt is now equal to all of the expected revenue allocation to Lagos in the next two and half years, currently standing at $3.7 billion, without equivalent benefits on the ground; to show for it – dollar for dollar.

  40. Toks

    January 10, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Yasmina I totally agree with you, people in glass houses do not throw stones. I am tired of this Thiefnubu’s puppet and mouthpiece acting all righteous we see through all your rubbish. Your Oga is just using you as a mouthpiece during this election and will render you totally irrelevant once the elections are over.

  41. NNENNE

    January 10, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Buhari is part of the old. He does not represent change.

    On a serious note, our government must pay immediate attention to refuse disposal, recycling and environmental pollution. This is a crisis looming. The nature of our refuse has changed. The days of using leaves and papers to wrap things are gone. Even our villages are littered with refuse. Africans are traditionally clean people. How come no one is seeing this.

    We need our gutters to be closed too. All levels of government, from traditional rulers to local government chairmen to the president should get involved.
    The generation yet unborn will not forgive us if we do not star doing something today.

  42. Butterfly

    January 10, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    That is y I like the real voters (Market men and women), they may be uneducated but they sure do know what to do. They go out to vote, they encourage and follow up on family members and friends to do the same while the educated Nigerians sit behind phones, tablets and laptops to argue abt facts and history. Just go out there and vote for who and what U believe in Simple!

  43. Peter

    January 10, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Do you expect Fashola to applaud GEJ ? They belong to different parties for crying out loud. That’s politics for you!

  44. Biola

    January 10, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Change is the only constant thing in life. I choose change! Nigerians rise up and take a risk. GEJ must go !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. clifford

    January 11, 2015 at 4:57 am

    The only trump card his suporters throw is the power of incumbency. but we should also understand that incumbent loses election as examplified by the siri lankans. i used to be pro GEJ. His unending mistakes has exposed him too much. The igbos say two knives in the kitchen…. the one with handle is not sharp and cant be used.. the other sharp and no handle cant be used. I refer to GEJ and GMB

  46. femifromlagos

    January 11, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    One of the bizzare thing about defending Gej is that there is no legacy that his supporters can point to as his achievements. So, when anyone criticizes him, they abuse the person and divert the discussion away from the imcompetence of the president. Even at the level of the presidency, the discourse is about the person of GMB and not an oppurtunity to showcase the many achievements of the imcumbent. How GEJ cant use his achievements to campaign is still a mystery. Simi, ignore some of these commentators. There exist a band of Nigerians on the payroll of the state, whose duty is to troll online forums and promote the president. Fashola has his shortcomings but he is not at the same mental level as our president. When we eventually stumble on the missing thesis of his phd or the non existent students he ever taught, it will be interesting to do a proper evaluation of his contribution to academia because he has nog made a great contribution at the presidency.
    I have lived in Lagos all my life and I can say that Fashola has done well. If GEJ did a fraction of it, this election will be a walk over and not this tough for him.
    You are of ourse free to vote him if you so desire but please dont re write history on his behalf or try to drag everyone to his level of mediocrity in order to justify his election. My aged mother voted for him in hope but he has been a big letdown and all of us are voting for Buhari.

    • jake ro

      January 12, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      Like any of your leaders has left any legacy since your independent from the brits.

  47. Diuto

    January 12, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    I wonder why APC didn’t consider nominating Fashola as one of their presidential candidates cos I believe he’s the only person that can win GEJ in an election without controversies unlike GMB. Anyway its Nigeria & if a northerner wasn’t chosen, another set of issues would hav arisen. #TribalisticCountry

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