The Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, on Wednesday said the state needs to be politically aligned with the federal government.
Mr. Fashola asked Lagosians to reflect on various failed promises of the Peoples Democratic Party in the last 16 years. He said the Lagos government has continued to maintain all federal facilities in the state.
“The assets the Federal Government left behind almost became a burden but for our resilience to maintain them. Today the Federal Government is owing Lagos N51 Billion which remains unpaid”.
Mr. Fashola went on to address the anti-Igbo speech by the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, and assured every ethnic group in Lagos of their safety.
“This is the place where the Late Chief Adeniran Ogunsanya and Owelle Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe consummated the handshake across the Niger and played politics without bitterness. Tell those who try to divide us that our greatest strength has always been our diversity. Tell them that you feel safe here, and that I have continuously assured you of your safety as the basis of our mutual co-existence”.
He urged Lagosians to come out en-masse on Saturday to vote for the All Progressives Congress’s candidate, Akinwumi Ambode.
Governor Fashola lamented that only about 1.5 million of the 3.8 million eligible voters voted in the March 28 election.
“Out of 5.8 million registered voters and 3.8 million PVC collections, only about 1.5 million turned out to vote, on the 28th March 2015. Think of all the pain, the effort, the sleepless nights it took to get the PVCs to you. Think of the best way to show that the effort was not wasted or in vain. It seems to me that the best way is to have all these 3.8 Million voters come out to vote,” Mr. Fashola said.
Mr. Fashola said by refusing to vote, Lagosians will “surrender their decision to a few and you will be bound by the consequences of your choices. By refusing to vote, you do a great disservice to many who have lived before you, who fought very hard at great personal costs to themselves, to earn you this right. By refusing to vote, you dishonour the sacrifice of patriots before you who fought for the right to vote”.