Lagos 2015: Tinubu has not anointed anyone, APC governorship aspirant, Tokunbo Wahab, says

Tokumbo Wahab

At 42, Tokunbo Wahab, is the youngest gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the run up to the 2015 general elections.

In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES, the lawyer and activist talks about his chances of picking the party’s ticket and the issue of consensus candidate ahead of the party’s December primaries.

PT: How has your campaign experience been so far?

Wahab: It’s been very exciting, very rigorous. But it has also given me the opportunity to traverse the nooks and crannies of the state, interfacing with the Lagos citizens, the rich, the poor, the well-to-do, and the not-so-well-to-do. People from all walks of life. And it’s given me hope that this project is God’s project and we are on the right track.

PT: You are the youngest of the aspirants in the APC as well as one of the least known. How do you fancy your chances against such people as Leke Pitan, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Femi Hamzat, and the rest?

Wahab: Now, you’ve asked two questions. Age, yes, I’m the youngest on my party’s platform. At 42, the closest to me of all the other aspirants is a 50 year old, my friend and my egbon, Dr. Femi Hamzat. For me, we’ll be bringing the freshness of ideas, the vitality of the youth, a clear vision. We’ll be bringing on board the three CD’s – the capacity to run Lagos, the competence to run Lagos, and the character to run Lagos. Lagos of the 21st century is not a Lagos of old. This Lagos of the 21st century, a mega city, requires these elements and that’s what we are putting on the table.

What are my chances? That’s a very interesting question. The demography of Lagos today shows that people of my generation, 45 and below, form 70 percent of the population. That means we have the numbers. So what we are doing is we are galvanising the numbers and the base. And if you have observed, our coming out in the past few weeks was intentional. Because as a lawyer, I believe in the rule of law. INEC opened up the political process formally some weeks back and that was when we moved into the political space. Before then we’d been making consultations with citizens across the state. It was upon lifting of the ban on campaigning that the first set of posters were pasted, ‘Think Lagos for a tomorrow that works’ which was a teaser. It was a week later that we now launched our real posters. I don’t think there is any favourite in the race today. Lagosians are wiser, Lagosians are taking their time to ask questions, Lagosians are looking for a credible candidate that will continue and consolidate on the gains of the past few years. And that is what we are offering Lagosians.

PT: Can you expatiate more about these things you will be offering Lagosians if, perchance, you become governor tomorrow?

Wahab: The theme of our campaign is Continuity and Consolidation, by way of progressive governance. From 1999, our precursor party, Alliance for Democracy, which I was a member, to Action Congress, to Action Congress of Nigeria, to APC now, we’ve built a momentum. The national leader, former governor Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, built the foundation. The incumbent has been able to actualise and build on that foundation. So we are going to continue where he’s going to stop. Take for instance, on deepening infrastructure, we know for a fact that but for the military intervention in 1983, Lagos would have had a metro line 31 years ago. Now what we were not able to do 31 years ago is now being actualised by way of the blue line, fast rail running from Outer Marina through Iddo down to Okoko. That is opening up the west of Lagos with that blue line. What the blue line will achieve in form of multiplier effect is that you can now be able to implement your low cost mass housing on that corridor, because the cost of land on the west corridor of Lagos is not the same cost of land in central Lagos. Also, the economy in Badagry will naturally pick up because there is an infrastructure to carry it. That is the rail. People can live in Badagry and commute and work in Lagos every day. People stay outside London for instance, in Kent, in Oxford, in Manchester, and they come to work in London on a daily basis by way of rail. By road it takes you three-four hours. So these are the multiplier effects.

Now we go to the east corridor also, we continue the development. We have to ensure that we prepare the ground for the development that will come to the east. As we speak, there is a Lekki Free Trade Zone. As we speak, there is a refinery that will commence operation in the next few years. As we speak, do we have the infrastructure to carry that refinery? Now there is a design for an airport at that same corridor, a deep sea port. These are infrastructures that we must put in place if we don’t want Lekki-Akodo corridor to be worse than Oshodi in the next five years. That is continuity and consolidation.

Now I spoke about multiplier effect. If you put these infrastructure in place, decongesting Lagos central business districts, what you would achieve is that you can now start using those platforms of infrastructure to access mass housing, low cost housing, and then address the five million housing shortfall in Lagos. It’s not rocket science, it’s simple logic.

Also, in the course of our electioneering campaign, we set up our website. And our people had been asked to advise and give their opinions on what should be our scale of preference. And it’s been infrastructure, low cost housing, employment, education, healthcare.

What’s our plan for education? We have to also continue to invest in our primary and secondary schools, we have so many of them cut across the state. In Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu’s first tenure, we tried our hands in feeding for primary school pupils. Maybe we have to look at that again. Because it encourages children to come to school. By the way, the same thing was replicated in Osun by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and it has worked very well. If we have to find a way of tweaking it to see how we can attract our young boys and girls off the streets back to the classrooms. And then we deepen our investment in vocational education so that we shall not continue to call foreigners to come and do some of these menial jobs like tiling, plumbing, roofing in our construction sites.

We also know for a fact that the incumbent governor has invested heavily in agriculture, the agric youth empowerment scheme, Agric YES at Araga is a huge success. That scheme, we must see how we can replicate it beyond Araga. Now what does that scheme represent? It calls in the youth, Lagosians, to come and be part of the agricultural revolution in Lagos. When you go through the regular training, they will now set you up by way of setting up a cooperative, give you the forms to set up your own agric settlement, they give you the land. By so doing, we are getting ourselves involved in food security for Lagosians. We shall continue on this path. I’ve also said it severally that we have so much investment in security, but we can’t still rest on our oars, we shall deepen the purse, we shall make it continuously attractive to the private sector to invest in Lagos Security Trust Fund because the main reason you have government is for the security of lives and property.

Then we come to the issue of creating employments. If we are able to open up the west and east of Lagos, automatically, investments will come to those corridors. When investors come and investments come, they can now be able to absorb the teeming unemployed youth in Lagos State. Anything short of that we shall be scratching the surface. These are things we intend to do in the next 1,460 days.

PT: You’ve talked about using free meals to lure kids to school, what about motivation for the teachers, who usually complain of poor remuneration? Do you have any plans for that?

Wahab: That’s a very valid question. We must continue to train and re-train our teachers. We must continue to give them incentives to remain in the classrooms and offer their best to our children. Why am I saying this? The teacher’s reward should be here on earth. Let the new Lagos that we are looking at reward hard work. Let the Lagos that I see tell you that irrespective of your status, teacher, driver, we shall give you recognition. I’m from a very humble background and I know what it is to get to where God has taken me to today. So for me, the teacher is the fulcrum of the educational system. And if they are not happy, the system cannot be functional. So we shall continue to give them opportunities to advance within the system. That’s an incentive on its own.

PT: A lot of critics have accused the current government of being elitist and secret, not opening their books to public scrutiny. What do you think about that?

Wahab: I don’t agree that this government is elitist. This government is a democratic government…

PT: And their financial dealings are not open for public scrutiny…

Wahab: It’s in the public domain. There is a Freedom of Information Act. Once you apply, you can get any information. If there is any government in this country today that is very transparent, open, we should give it to Lagos State government. They are running a modern day government, no secrets in Lagos State government.

PT: Sometimes, when you apply for information, they will tell you the FOI does not apply to state governments.

Wahab: But Lagos cooperates….

PT: Sometimes they don’t cooperate. I’m speaking from a personal experience.

Wahab: I’m not aware of that. Then if they don’t, there are ways you can source your information. Look, why will you have a government that will not want to make its dealings open to the people? In whose interest? Not its own interest. If you allow that, you are shutting down information system. And you are going to encourage rumours; rumour mongering becomes the past time if there are no information. So I think it’s also in the government’s interest that we open up the communication space. Let people have access to communication, let them know how it is, let them ask questions, let them have answers. By so doing, you are on course.

PT: What about the issue of being elitist?

Wahab: I don’t agree with that. I have been to every part of the state.

PT: What do you think about the ban on Okada riding?

Wahab: Is there a ban on Okada? There is a restriction. Restriction on major highways. I have addressed this issue severally that we should not politicise this issue. For you to understand where we were, check the statistics in respect of Okada-related deaths, Okada-related accidents, Okada-related crimes, check the statistics. It has shown that there has been a tremendous reduction since the restriction came into being. So what we should encourage is enlightenment and let the citizens and Okada riders know that this is in everybody’s good. In a good clime, we should not be talking about this Okada riding in the 21st century. But it is what it is. It is a form of employment for our people. So what the government has done is to restrict their movement on certain roads, and that is less than four per cent of the road network in Lagos State. About 492 roads out of the 9,133 or so roads. We should encourage information flow and enlightenment to see the positives in this action, rather than trying to throw away the baby with the bath water.

PT: Can you address this issue of aspirants meeting to pick a consensus candidate who would go head to head with the party’s ‘anointed’ candidate. Is there anything like an anointed candidate?

Wahab: Now, let me say this. I will give you a background to this meeting of last week Friday. On the 9th of November, the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, convened a meeting of all the aspirants. At that meeting, he made it very clear that there is no anointed candidate in this race. That everybody has a level playing field. And the so-called anointed was seated there. If he had been anointed, he will stand up and say ‘I am the anointed candidate. Why are you denying me?’ That didn’t happen. So people can go and drop names, it’s okay it’s a political season. I can as well come out and say I’m the anointed. It’s your word against mine. That aside. At that same meeting, the leadership of the party did advise that aspirants should be meeting and relating on issue of the party. And last week Friday, in furtherance of that advice, we convened a meeting of the aspirants. The so-called person was invited like I was invited, all the aspirants. He did not attend the meeting and surprisingly stories were awash in the papers yesterday, some national dailies reported that the meeting was to forge a consensus. No. The meeting was to discuss the delegate issue. We have less than two weeks to the primaries, as we speak we don’t have a list of delegates, we don’t have the guidelines. And we are stakeholders as aspirants. That was what the meeting was all about. So if somebody goes to the press and concocts a story, it’s to what purpose or intent? That’s the question you should ask those persons spreading the rumour. They even went as far as lying that a non-aspirant, in the person of the national legal adviser, was at the meeting.

PT: The Legal Adviser was not at the meeting?

Wahab: He doesn’t have any business with us there. He is not an aspirant. That tells you how desperate some of these elements are. And Lagosians are wiser, Lagosians are craving a positive change, Lagosians will not fall for that hoodwinking. What is wrong as aspirants converging, after the meeting with the national leader, that said we should be meeting? Somebody coming up to concoct a story on a non-existent consensus agreement against him the anointed. Who said he is the anointed candidate? Have we gone to primaries? So people should just please read in between the lines. These elements are trying to heat up the body politics of the state.

PT: So you are saying the party does not have a favourable disposition towards a particular candidate?

Wahab: As far as I’m concerned, there is no favourite. Lagosians, party men will determine who the next candidate of the party will be.

PT: And do you think the party leadership has provided a level playing field for all the aspirants?

Wahab: If we had a meeting on the 9th of November and the national leader makes it clear that all of us should go and work on the field and let the party determine who the flag bearer would be, what other assurance do you want? So as far as I’m concerned, it’s a level playing field, the electorate will determine it.

PT: Have you encountered any kind of challenge in your campaigning so far?

Wahab: We’ve been moving extremely smoothly and the level of reception we’ve received across the state (is amazing). We are not going around with rented crowd, genuine party members and citizens welcoming us. It’s given us hope that we are on the right track and we are doing the right things.

PT: What’s the level of your optimism ahead of the December primaries?

Wahab: Very very high. It’s my first time of throwing my hat in the race. Because I know for sure that you don’t need a cognate experience for you to be governor or president. All you need is a clear vision, and we are saying I, Tokunbo Wahab, I’ve got the character, I’ve got the capacity, and I’ve got the competence, with a clear vision to run the 21st century Lagos.

PT: What does your family think about you going into active politics?

Wahab: I’ve taken time to discuss with my two children and my wife, that’s my immediate constituency. And I’ve made them see reason why I have to offer myself, because I think I have the capacity to run Lagos. I have convinced them, and they are convinced on this same project, we are on the same page. That’s why I have the temerity to say let me now convince other Lagosians. So they are good to go and they are praying with me.


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  • Christian Youth League

    THE CASE FOR CHRISTIAN GOVERNOR IN LAGOS STATE in 2015

    After 16 years of un-interrupted Muslim rule of Lagos state, from May 1999 till May 2015,
    a successive Christian governor of Lagos state shall become mandatory and non-negotiable
    to avoid creating by default an Islamic State of Lagos.

    And just as it is un-acceptable for the Leader of Boko Haram (Mujahedeen Shekahu Abubakar)
    to select the Archbishop of Lagos, so it is un-acceptable for Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu or his thick as thieves
    Islamist satrap – Oba Akiolu of Lagos – to endorse or select a successive Christian governor of Lagos state.

    All ploys by both men, as Muslims, to personally choose the Christian governor of Lagos state
    is no more than a clever by half exercise in futility which should be ignored and rejected by all
    right-thinking Lagosians. For just as no member of Boko Haram militia – as an Islamic terrorist organization –
    is acceptable to Christians for any purpose, so is a member of the All Progressives Congress [APC]
    – as an Islamist party – also un-acceptable to the Christian community in Lagos state in 2015.

    The choice of a successive Christian governor of Lagos state must be on a non-Islamist party platform.
    All Christians in Lagos state shall proceed from this first principle. If it will mean voting en masse for
    the preferred Christian candidate on the party platform of a completely new political party, so be it.
    The coming governorship election in Lagos state is NOT about political parties. Rather it is to remove
    the cancer of insidious Islamism injected into Lagos politics by Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his
    side-kick; Alhaji Raji Fashola, and secondly, to bring both dubious men to justice for theft of portions of the
    $40 billion dollars that Lagos state earned as gross revenues from 1999 till date.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      And who the eff are you to purport to speak for me as a Christian living in Lagos?

      • Onike24

        Bros, Jo ignore them, If this administration spends half the energy not to talk of resources they expend on propaganda on good governance, they would not even have to campaign! They are an amoral bunch, simples…. C

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          Reality is that the Islamic oligarchy built around Tinubu is speedily enslaving Lagos and the entire SW,the facts on the ground say so !!

          • Misrata

            Indeed Christians in Lagos state are now entitled to react anyway they want to the ACN/APC Islamism.

          • Omo’oodua

            “Everybody in Yorubaland is looking for a way to liberate themselves once again from (APC)
            – the pretenders who claim to be progressives but are the opposite of anything progressive.
            They say they are ‘progressives’ but they admit all the corrupt people from the PDP
            and bring them together to form the All Progressives Congress [APC].”

            “What is progressive about ex-Governor Nyako, for example? Now that the Yoruba people have
            known that the APC is worse than PDP – in corruption, impunity, and, lack of internal democracy,
            we have to vote against APC”

            ……….Senator Femi Okunrounmu

            (Yoruba Leader and Co-orodinator of the last National Conference)

            [July 26th, 2014]

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          Hey, Sis.

          How bodi and family?

          No mind these insensate beings who don the toga of religion just tool the unwary.

          My humble self has evolved beyond such base considerations, j’are!

          These are the type that ignores the Holy Bible when they read the lines, “Man is not defiled by what he eats, but by what he thinks (and what comes out of his mouth)!”

          • Onike24

            We thank God oh! Just so sick and tired of the crap that We are fed day in day out. …

      • Christian Youth League

        Mr. Kay Soyemi Esq – here is your answer…..

        “We are fighting a religious war. We are fighting against the Christians in Nigeria.
        We are fighting against Christian President Goodluck Jonathan and his Christian brethren”.

        “We are not fighting any ethnic war. Those saying we are fighting an ethnic war
        are telling lies to the public. They try to brainwash the people. No, we are fighting
        a religious war. We are fighting against Christians. We are fighting the Christian President,
        Goodluck Jonathan and his Christian brethren”.

        ……….………..Abubakar Shekau

        (Leader of Boko Haram)

        December 28, 2013

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          So you reckon you can “reverse brain wash me too”?

          Does this make you the ‘Christian’ equivalent of the boko haram leader, madman Shekau?

    • Okikiola Beckley

      Yorubas don’t give a hoot about the religious leanings of their leaders until Jonathan and co started polarising Nigerians along religious lines thinking that will enable them to capture the Xtain votes en block.

    • Akiika

      You are sick, get help!
      Give me the name of one politician that his/her religion indoctrination has influenced him/her to be a good administrator?
      Most of these politicians that you are labeling Christian/Muslims don’t even practice these religions, they only proclaim it for political reasons. Money is their god, that is why they’ll do anything to get it!

  • GbemigaO

    Good interview and good thought process but will they let you win? That is the question!

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  • Words on Marble

    “The coming 2015 governorship election in Lagos state is NOT about political parties. Rather it is
    to remove the cancer of insidious Islamism injected into Lagos politics by Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu
    and his side-kick; Alhaji Raji Fashola, and secondly, to bring both dubious men to justice for theft
    of portions of the $40 billion dollars that Lagos state earned as gross revenues from 1999 till date”.

    ……Christian Youth League

    [November 30th, 2014)

    • Al Jihadi

      “[On this clamour for a Christian as Lagos state governor]….we should not introduce something
      that will start affecting the consciousness of the people. We shouldn’t put in the people’s
      consciousness what they were not thinking about before. Even if you look at it closely
      you will find that the dominant people in Lagos state are Muslims”.

      ……..Alhaji Tola Kasali

      (Lagos Commissioner for Rural Affairs under Bola Tinubu)

      [October 25th, 2014]

      • Dr. J. Balogun

        You see. This now makes everything clear. Thank you Premium Times contributors.
        I read a slew of un-informed opinions, by contrast, in Nigerian newspapers today.
        In Vanguard, i read Richard Akinola saying APC is not an Islamic party. Nonsense!
        I also read Simon Kolawole write in Thisday that Boko Haram militias are not Muslims.
        Pure rubbish opinion un-supported by Koranic verses to show how Boko Haram diverges.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    The following criteria are constant for Alhaji BAT endorsement and anointment:

    1. The candidate must be looting and plundering compliant .
    2. The candidate be compliant to the preservation and further expansion of the fraudulent BAT monopolistic grip on Lagos state economy.
    3. All contracts and political appointments MUST pass through the BAT monopoly (ie friends & family) before other citizens.
    4. Fundamentalist Islamic credentials coupled with Anarchist political extremism credentials………an absolute requirement .
    5. The candidate must be ready for the role of second-fiddle on political issues…….just like Fashola .

    The above requirements are absolute requirements for the greedy man at Bourdillon !!

    • Public Records

      @ Tawanda,

      …….IN CONSEQUENCE, LAGOS IS NOW THE 3RD WORST CITY IN THE WORLD

      “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 further degraded 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]

      • Encore

        Editor Premium Times,

        The real Ebola in Lagos state is corrupt un-accountability and it is still on.
        Alhaji Raji Fashola, the unfortunate state governor, has gone to say in court
        that Lagosians have no right whatsoever to ‘Freedom of Information’.

        But did Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu – the putative APC Party Leader;
        also consent that all the 18 million Lagosians have no right to freedom of information?
        If yes, why did he endorse this un-disguised autocracy? And assuming he’s daft,
        how about Alhaji Adeyemi Ikuforiji – the APC Speaker of the Lagos House of Assembly?

        What basis did he too see for this nonsense policy inside Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution
        for him to go along; and, why did he join this vile conspiracy against hapless Lagosians
        who’re now virtually turned into slaves without civil liberties or democratic rights?

        But then, what did Alhaji Ade Ipaye (the APC attorney-general in Lagos state today)
        say about this barbaric violation of the civil rights of Lagos state people to be fully informed,
        accurately, of their state affairs? And is there no other Alhaji inside Lagos state APC
        government who personally has requisite honesty with proper education to know that
        ‘democracy’ strictly means ‘accountability’ as eked out by freedom of information?

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Good call !! It is pertinent to mention that courtesy of Alhaji BAT and Alhaji Fashola, Lagos is the most indebted state in the developing world.
        The duo have recklessly and greedily mortgaged the future of generations of unborn Lagosians even as they strive to completely Islamize the entire political terrain !

    • Shanu Onileere

      EKO TI BAJE PATA PATA O!

      “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 further degraded 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]

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Alhaji BAT”The Oracle of Bourdillon” has already gotten his name in the infamous record books……he owns more landed property in Yoruba land and Lagos than any living person !

        • Ms. Dunni Macarthy

          There must be a full forensic probe of Raji Fashola and Bola Tinubu next year!
          The Commission of Enquiry must sit in public with judicial powers to convict for theft.

          • Fola Doherty

            Tawanda,

            So what’s progressive about the APC government in Lagos that’s
            now cost Lagosians 40 billion dollars plus another un-precedented

            debt overhang of another $3.7 billion dollars today for God’s sake?

          • Koku Gomez

            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.

            Discounting monthly interest rates on the commercial portion of this debt, gross Lagos state government debt is now equal to all of the expected federal revenue allocation to Lagos state
            in the next four (4) years, now standing at $3.7 billion, based on the additional one billion dollars

            loan which Raji Fashola took four months ago.

          • Paul Oseretin

            “It would come as no great surprise if Bola Tinubu’s boasted great wealth
            did NOT derive from any stupendous inheritance – ancient or modern.
            I have also become aware that he (Bola Tinubu) is a beneficiary
            of most of the lucrative contracts in all the (Yoruba) ACN
            states, without exception”.

            …………Chief Tom Ikimi

            [August 26th, 2014]

          • Mrs. Flora Okezhime

            With $40b dollars income and 16 years in power all that APC produced in Lagos state
            is $3.7b debt plus three (3) million school cert failures now killing and robbing at will.
            If that’s not the meaning of incompetence, then; what’s the definition of incompetence?

          • Udoji A. Ikeji

            “The opposition party [APC] has not been able to concretize a message
            for the election, a message that appeals to people, it hasn’t come up
            with alternative programs that people can see and make a difference,
            in terms of the difference between themselves and the president
            who is in office.”

            “So i really worry that in terms of substance the opposition party [APC] has not
            been able to articulate a strong enough message that would resonate with people.”

            “I worry that the politics of Nigeria has been clouded so much by ethnicity
            by religion, and what is called zonal politics where people have been fed
            with messages that suggest that unless someone from their particular
            ethnic group or religion is in office that they would have no advantage.”

            ………..Clement Nwakwo

            (Head, Legal Policy and Advocacy Centre)

            [11th November, 2014]

          • Figaro

            Theft has created a crass elite structure in Lagos having no sensible member
            a Nigerian youth can look up to as innovative and morally upright role model
            amongst the treasury thieves prancing around in criminal garb as politicians.

          • F. Doherty

            Tawanda,

            So what’s progressive about the APC government in Lagos that’s
            now cost Lagosians 40 billion dollars plus another un-precedented
            debt overhang of another $3.7 billion dollars today for God’s sake?

          • Yoruba Ronu

            “APC regime runs Lagos State with impunity and has turned Lagos State into an animal farm
            where some people are more equal than others. In Lagos state where workers earn N18,000
            as minimum wage, and where the daily living income per family hovers around $2 (about N325),
            tuition fee as high as N150,000 represent a death sentence for the educational aspirations of the
            Lagos youth population. This must not be allowed. Lagos also has the worst transport extortion
            regime in Nigeria, Africa and perhaps the world.”

            ……………Dr. Frederick Fasheun

            (Founder O’odua Peoples Congress, OPC)

            (July 21st, 2014)

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Most of that indebtedness was ploughed into Alhaji BAT proxy accounts world-wide,Landed properties all over the choice cities of the world,private jets and airlines,expensive medical trips,expensive hotels,massive bribery for court verdicts,election rigging etc
            There is no chance that the suffering masses of Lagos and other SW states will recover any penny of the looted assets but the first step to forestall future calamity is to remove this man and his increasingly dangerous rampaging kleptocratic fiefdom !!

          • Sholoko

            “The only way to stop us from stealing is to stone us. The Nigerian followers are
            as guilty as the Nigerian leaders. The Nigerian institutions are all compromised;
            and there is no alternative to them as it is. Nigerians appear not to be against stealing
            and corruption but only against how long you stay stealing and being corrupt.
            Don’t ever expect those in public office to fight corruption on these facts.”

            ….…..APC Governor, Rotimi Amaechi
            (Rivers state)

            (June 30th, 2014)

          • Ahoy Seadog

            Nobody can believe this rotten Lagos state got; and, spent 40 billion dollars in revenue!

      • Jimi Savage

        HOW ALHAJI RAJI FASHOLA AND ALHAJI BOLA TINUBU DESTROYED LAGOS…..

        Between Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Raji Fashola in Lagos state, the second highest fraud ever takes place in Nigeria. Lagos debt has since quadrupled from $611 million dollars in 2007 to $3.7 billion by mid-2014. The debt went up in September by one billion dollars World Bank loan on the back of another ₦87.5 billion last November when Raji Fashola issued bonds to borrow at 14.5% interest rate.

        Raji Fashola later took out ₦35 billion in cash from those bond receipts and handed it over to Bola Tinubu through the instrumentality of (a) Lekki Concession Company, (b) ARM company, and, (c) Hitech company; all in a bogus “buy-back deal” of a supposed concession right on the 15-kilometre Lekki Expressway.

        A sum of ₦571, 594 billion was got as federal allocation from May 2007 under Raji Fashola.
        Another ₦1.52 trillion was got in the same period as internally generated revenue.
        Despite these oodles of cash, Lagos state has no enduring physical asset to show
        for all of the $40 billion dollars Lagos state received as revenues from May 1999 to date.

        At the current exchange rate of 168 Naira to one United states dollar, Alhaji Raji Fashola has recklessly burnt up Lagos state finances. For every one billion Naira of Lagos state’s $3.7billion-dollar debt
        today, Lagos state now has to look for extra 13 billion Naira in repayment. At 168 Naira to a dollar,
        Lagos government will now have to repay ₦168 billion.

        That means an extra 13 billion Naira on every one billion dollar loan (excluding compound interest accruing). That means that if just two (2) billion dollars of the 3.7 billion dollars Lagos debt today
        consists of commercial bank loans, Lagos debt has jumped up by a whopping 26 billion Naira two days ago, excluding compound interest repayments.

    • Public Tribune

      “As a leader of the party (APC) i received petitions against imposition
      on daily basis during any electioneering process and yet some people
      would prefer that we must keep quiet. What is the usefulness of featuring
      candidates rejected by the (APC) members of the party only to satisfy
      the political gusto of some few individuals?”

      “This menace has wiped away the needed sense of political responsibility
      among our office holders and now people have been comparing us negatively
      with our opponents.”

      “Our understanding and definition of imposition is more scientifically
      determined than his (Alhaji Bola Tinubu’s) understanding of it. Where in
      a primaries(?) election an aspirant scored the majority votes and the
      loser was rather imposed by an overlord, can he (Bola Tinubu) give us a
      worse instance of scientific imposition than that?”

      ………….Muiz Banire

      [November 9, 2014)

      • By popular demand

        THE CASE FOR A CHRISTIAN GOVERNOR OF LAGOS IN 2015

        After 16 years of un-interrupted Muslim rule of Lagos state, from May 1999 till May 2015,
        a successive Christian governor of Lagos state shall become mandatory and non-negotiable
        to avoid creating by default an Islamic State of Lagos.

        And just as it is un-acceptable for the Leader of Boko Haram (Mujahedeen Shekahu Abubakar)
        to select the Archbishop of Lagos, so it is un-acceptable for Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu or his thick as thieves Islamist satrap – Oba Akiolu of Lagos – to endorse or select a successive Christian governor of Lagos state.

        All ploys by both men, as Muslims, to personally choose the Christian governor of Lagos state
        is no more than a clever by half exercise in futility which should be ignored and rejected by all
        right-thinking Lagosians. For just as no member of Boko Haram militia – as an Islamic terrorist organization is acceptable to Christians for any purpose, so is a member of the All Progressives Congress [APC]
        as an Islamist party – also un-acceptable to the Christian community in Lagos state in 2015.

        The choice of a successive Christian governor of Lagos state must be on a non-Islamist party platform. All Christians in Lagos state shall proceed from this first principle. If it will mean voting en masse for the preferred Christian candidate on the party platform of a completely new political party,
        so be it. The coming governorship election in Lagos state is NOT about political parties.

        Rather it is to remove the cancer of insidious Islamism injected into Lagos politics by Alhaji Bola Tinubu and his side-kick; Alhaji Raji Fashola, and secondly, to bring both dubious men to justice for theft of portions of the $40 billion dollars that Lagos state earned as gross revenues from 1999 till date.

      • R. Taire

        IS APC AN ISLAMIC PARTY?

        Firstly, the Action Congress of Nigeria [ACN] which last year morphed as APC,
        has NEVER presented a Christian as its governorship candidate in Yorubaland.
        So, the question is, why did APC never do so? Alhaji Lai Mohammed –
        the APC Spokesman – said it is because APC chooses its candidates ‘on merits’.

        So, what does Lai Mohammed’s explanation mean? Very simple, it means
        as far as APC is concerned, Yoruba Christians have no merits to hold top posts
        unless they are appointed either as assistants to Muslim overlords, or, as Commissioners
        taking instructions from a Muslim governor.

        Fact two: APC was formed with 100% Muslim national executives and registered
        with the National Electoral Commission [INEC] as such. What does this second fact
        mean? Very simple, it means morning shows the day. Not only does APC consider
        Yoruba Christians useless, APC also by starting out with 100% Muslims as interim
        national executives, invariably deems all Christians in Nigeria as worthless.

        In the light of these two clear facts the next logical question is this “What is an Islamist Party?
        Very simple – again. An Islamist Party is an association registered as a political party
        but which internally decides the question of ‘merits’ for its members based solely on Islam,
        by pre-judging every non-Muslim; and in particular a Christian, as un-qualified
        for top government position on its party platform. Therefore, is APC an Islamic
        Party? The answer is, yes!

        • Pastor Jones

          “A corrupt tree cannot bring forth good fruit. For out of the heart proceed
          evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, and,
          blasphemies. The love of money is the root of all evil; which, while some
          coveted after, they erred from faith and pierced themselves with sorrows.”

          “For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own
          soul? The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro
          of those that seek death. There are thorns and snares on the path of the
          crooked. Anyone who guards himself prudently will stay far from them.
          Brethren, you shall not steal. Theft entails deceit; and in a heart where
          the spirit of deceit is, there, the spirit of God cannot be.”

          ………Holy Bible

        • Chuks Anyiam

          Of course APC is an Islamist party. Only the Christian invitees to the party don’t know that!

  • emmanuel

    Ebola has only played games with Ambode, he knows who he is giving his support.

    He only wanted the Christians not to talk about exclusion anymore, so he flagged Ambode one who had the State Purse at a time. Meanwhile, the real deal is to have the Jihadists edge him out on their own accord through the coup that is on, thay way it would be – see what these boys have done? But a Muslim is still the joker for them.

    Lagos politics has always been religion based nor be today. It is only Christians who do not know their right from their left who say i do not bother about religion.

    Wonder why Funso Williams had to die?” same reason, Lagos Religion politics.

    Christians wake up and wise up

  • MushinSpeaks

    Lagosians has the best candidate to vote for in the APC! The CHANGE must continue! Change we want, Change we need!

  • Akiika

    @mushinspeaks:disqus, @emmanuel, @tawandaincommunicado:disqus….are you guys for real? Let’s assume your supposition that APC is an Islamist party is true, would you compare the level of development in Lagos to any state in the whole of Nigeria? Is it a crime to be a Muslim? Are Christians better administrators (we have a living example in Jonathan)? What has religion got to do with competency and credibility. I hope you know Musiliu Obanikoro, PDP anointed candidate is also a Muslim. You guys are unbelievable!

  • Goriola

    I don’t care who becomes governor in lagos come 2015 provided he or she can continue the developmental streaks of Gov BRF. Only idiots fan the ember of religious violence using politics as smokescreen. I will join any religious and politics argument when a Muslim is elected governor of Imo, River, Abia or Bayelsa state. Rubbish.

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  • kinsly

    I really hope and pray that Saraki ends in jail.

  • Debaptist

    I can’t understand Saraki, honesty there is something wrong with this man, even Panama papers just published his name is everywhere. He should disqualify himself from public office if he is wise.