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Tinubu endorses Sanwoolu, says Ambode departed from Lagos Development Masterplan

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Former governor of Lagos state and All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader Bola Tinubu has released a statement on the party’s primary elections for a gubernatorial candidate in the state.

Tinubu stated that the current administration, led by Akinwunmi Ambode has deviated from the state’s masterplan for economic development.

“Whenever a government departed from this plan without compelling reason, the state and its people have borne the 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,” Tinubu wrote in the statement released on Sunday.

Tinubu’s statement can also be said to be an endorsement of Ambode’s main rival Jide Sanwoolu.

“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,” Tinubu said.

“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,” he added.

The statement came shortly after Ambode addressed a World Press Conference where he declared he’ll be contesting in the primaries on Monday.

Ambode also launched personal attacks on Sanwoolu, saying he was arrested in a nightclub for spending fake American dollars. The governor also said that Sanwoolu had undergone rehabilitation at Gbagada General Hospital, adding that he’s unfit to run the state.

See full statement below:

Tomorrow, our party and the people of Lagos will have an encounter with destiny. We shall hold our governorship primary.

With the holding of direct primaries to elect governorship candidates in Lagos and other states, the APC takes a groundbreaking step toward greater internal democracy and progressive governance for the benefit of all people.

While our party is young, it has grown fast and has travelled far in a short time. This speaks well of the character of you, the party’s rank-and-file members.

What, in other nations, has taken political parties generations to achieve, we have done in a few brief years. No other party in Nigeria dare attempt what we have already dedicated ourselves to do.

I thank and commend all APC members and all Lagosians who have lent their support to this historic and humane mission upon which our party has embarked.

We are democrats in the truest sense of the word. As such, we forever search for what is good and right for the people. With this ideal as our guide, tomorrow’s primary cannot be shaded by selfish ambition or the perceived personal grievance between this or that person. Something much greater waits in the balance. What is at stake is nothing less than the future of the people of this state and how we can best maximise our collective destiny.

By resort to direct primaries, the party places the people’s future soundly in their hands. As democracy would have it, you shall be the authors of the party’s nomination and hopefully our next state government.

I trust in the wisdom of the people and will abide it. However, as a leader of the party and as a former governor of our beloved and excellent Lagos, I would be remiss if I did not make a few observations regarding the primary.

My goal is and shall always be a better Lagos. To this objective, I have dedicated the greater part of my public life. Roughly 20 years ago, a corps of dedicated and patriotic Lagosians, put aside personal interests and rivalries, to put their minds and best ideas together for the good of the state. Out of this collaborative effort, was born a master plan for economic development that would improve the daily lives of our people.

Bestowed on me was the honour of a lifetime when I was elected to be your governor in 1999. My administration faithfully implemented that plan. The government of my immediate successor, Tunde Fashola, also honoured this enlightened plan.

Where state government remained true to that blueprint, positive things happened. During my tenure and Governor Fashola’s, Lagos state recorded improvements in all aspects of our collective existence, from public health to public sanitation, from education to social services, from the administration of justice to the cleaning of storm and sewage drains. Businesses, large and small, invested, hired millions of workers and thrived.

All Lagosians were to fully participate and justly benefit from the social dividends and improvements wrought by this plan. From the common labourer, to business leaders, to professionals and our industrious civil service. We all were to be partners in a monumental but joint enterprise. None was to be alienated. None was to be left out. And none were to be pushed aside.

This is especially true for those who contributed so much to our development, whether as a business leader who has invested heavily in Lagos, the homeowner who struggles to pay his fair share of taxes or as someone employed in the hard work of keeping our streets and byways clean so that others may go about their daily tasks unimpeded.

I make no pretence that the master plan is perfect. It can always be fine-tuned. However, whenever a government departed from this plan without compelling reason, the state and its people have borne the 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.

This trend is that which most concerns me as the primary nears. 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.

We must vote in a manner that returns Lagos to its better path, the one that promises a just chance for all to enjoy the fruits of our prosperity. We must always pursue our goal of a Lagos energised by creative dynamism, tolerance of others, and guided by a leadership capable of extending a collegial hand to all stakeholders, far and wide.

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. 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.

We walk into this primary strong and confidently believing in the right course we are to take. We shall emerge from this primary even stronger and more confident that we have taken that course by returning Lagos and our party to their finest path.

19 Comments

  1. Emmanuel

    September 30, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    Talking nonsense. Gibberish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Lilo

      October 1, 2018 at 1:03 pm

      Lmao. As if Tinubu is the founding father of Lagos …the way he writes report cards for all these governor. At the end of the day, he who pays the piper dictates the tube. You can dine with the devil and complain when he takes food away cos you done have table manners.
      Baba Ojuyobo – no one will depart this word with a penny. Ride on with your kingmaker things

  2. Emmanuel

    September 30, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    This same man rubbished Fashola openly during a rally in Lagos and singing the praise of Ambode. . i was crying when i was listening to him saying that about someone (Fashola) that has done so much, only because he was against your greed. How dare him start talking about Fashola in his statement. Obasanjo has played all his cards and where is him today in Election 2019. The same thing will happen to Tinubu soon. A word is enough for the wise.

    • jade edo babe

      October 1, 2018 at 2:47 pm

      My broda, politics na real dirty game. Today, you sing the praise of somebody bcos d person licked your yansh or na your boy/girl then if the person got on you nerves maybe didnt lick d yansh enough, you dump am.
      Naija politics is low of the lowest, no care for the people just how much money u can steal is the goal. Tinubu, keep in mind hell don’t know face and money.

  3. Stanley

    September 30, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    The masterplan of chop give brother chop

  4. baby4u2

    September 30, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    What the heck is this. Isn’t the person elected by the people to be given a chance to finish two terms if they can. How can you move to remove the person like that. Tinubu is getting messy, Lagosians please start speaking up. This is madness.

  5. Osa

    September 30, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    Was the reason for endorsing sanwaolu supposed to be the unofficial one? ??

    • nene+

      October 1, 2018 at 12:04 pm

      My conclusion is that Ambode governed during the most difficult time in our country. Even though I am a vocal anti APC cultism, I seem to be really soft on Ambode. 2015 saw the worst form of citizens deprivation, so many became jobless, people could no longer afford simple fee for refuse collection hence the indiscriminate dumping of refuse every where in Lagos. As for the roads Ambode please resolve. Love his humility and empathy. He is also friendly to business unlike Fash!

  6. word

    September 30, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    He deviated from the master plan abi he deviated from baba’s pocket? Anyway, i kinda respect Tinubu’s patience sha. He held it together even when things were not in his favour, so APC Lagos wont look weak. But when will Lagos be free from this grip?

  7. nwa nna

    October 1, 2018 at 12:27 am

    Departure from the master plan? FOH!
    Not supporting any side but it sounds to me like Ambode has either reduced or plugged some of Thiefnubu’s access to his personal piggy bank aka Lagos state government coffers. Nigeria is one big joke, likes of Tinubu ought not to have any relevance in a sane society.

  8. Dayo

    October 1, 2018 at 1:03 am

    Thief…

  9. Tamuno

    October 1, 2018 at 2:41 am

    Oh my Lord.
    I believe its same master plan Tinubu didn’t see the need to have executed for the development and benefits of lagosians during his time as a governor. Come to think of it, these so called godfathers are just vultures

  10. Mywifeisfiiiiiiiiiiiiine

    October 1, 2018 at 3:30 am

    A vote for Ambode is a vote against Tinubu and every bullshit that he stands for. He has held Lagos and Lagosians hostage for 20 years and it is time for the people of Lagos to stand up and say enough is enough. Let every man and woman born of a woman realize that Tinubu is just an ordinary man and needs to be cut to size. #avoteforamboisavoteagainsttinubu

  11. Patrick

    October 1, 2018 at 4:52 am

    This is the rubbish we deal with, why won’t all this past leaders just stay out and give the up and coming a chance? The people are to blame, clamoring Around the same people that have robbed and still orchestrating the robbery of their future.
    Not an Ambode supporter but it’s just ridiculous that certain people can decide the fate of all!! Wake up Nigerians!!

  12. Xo

    October 1, 2018 at 6:19 am

    Pls vote away anyone that keeps trucks on the roads. Lagos is dirtier, unsafe and just difficult to live in, in this administration. So vote Ambode away!

    • TheRealist

      October 2, 2018 at 11:50 am

      @XO, we saw the same truck debacle under Fashola, because the federal government controls NPA and the Ports, not Lagos state or Ambode.

  13. Oma

    October 1, 2018 at 6:42 am

    Just negodi

    A na-asu so oyibo

  14. mulikat

    October 1, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Foolish only to milk dry lagos, is Tinubu want, go away, 1 foolish old corrupt ex Gov,will decide who lagosian should vote for.Ambode do a good job, he refused to put money into Godfather acctant, he use the money for good things for lagos people, so Tinubu all this money you and your wife sit on,is not enough, you still want monthly salary plus Oil well,no way,pack well your time is over.i pray God Almight put you and the rest of naija wicked corroupt leaders into finial sleep,so that naija can be free like ghana with furure. Ambode call on UN,EU,ECOWAS e.t.c many eyes to cheek all voteing place, cos Tinubu will change people vote to is own houseboy vote.we all know you will win due to your work, but foolish wicked heart Tinubu ,God where are you, put him asleep for ever people like Tinubu, useless ugly man, lagos is not for you and your masterplan, of pocketing money and shareing for life for Godfather e.t.c, hwo long,if not Amry should come back all this politics of Godfather ,this man is next to rule ,will dispair,what a nonesse,not people will vote who they want again, i tried

  15. olajumoke

    October 2, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    What if Tinubu dies tomorrow? abi he thinks he will not die again??? these people just forget that they are only dust!

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