Lagos State: Needless Canvassing of our Governor By Ojuekanmi Tope Emmanuel
Once again, one can reiterate that Fashola has not only kissed the blarney stone but his pen has also been immersed in the ‘blarney waters’. Whatever proceeds from his mouth and his pens are always six-of-one and half-a-dozen of the other, in both force and emotions.
This will probably be his last missive before the highly-touted gubernatorial election process, particularly of Lagos, is laid to rest. He has swiped the last stroke featuring nuggets like ‘Think hard, think clearly, and think deeply’; and a series of thought-welling up questions. He has once again dug reminiscence out of Lagosians, spooling out the worst caricatures of the oppositions and the sexiest pose of their incumbent counterpart.
He has expediently drummed up emotions, and watered down whatever sympathy Lagosians have reserved for the umbrella boys. He is sabotaging whatever consolation prizes left to compensate their counterpart, after losing the mother lode.
For a truth, needless is all these canvassing in order to ensure that the 3.8 million PVCs in circulation are converted to votes to ensure continuity of the incumbency. All the facts and figures he is echoing are facts and figures that are already impressed on our mind. They make up the still life pictures that dot our landscape; the realities we wake up to see every day.
People can make promises, anybody can prophesy and Murtala Mohammed made promises of paradise to Lagosians when he was moving the crown from Lagos to Abuja. But some people have been working hard to see that the promises are becoming a reality day by day, tenure by tenure. It seems to me that the best way to contribute our quota to the great work is to help our vanguards and the leaders at the helm retain the power to make these positive decisions as they come, one after another.
Lagos state has a record IGR and we will not allow some party see it as one another oil bloc to run their party and finance their polity. Their most basic goal is to find a sure livelihood and a viable source to ensure a going concern for their business. They will not milk our juice and largesse to fatten their ways. Lagosians know that changing the structure of things now will mean descent to pander, to abysmal pits and to ground zero. No!
The scorecards of Ambode may not be loud and singing like that of Fashola but the stellar performances of Fashola are phenomenal, so much so that his successor will be pressured to perform no less. And one thing we do know is that the same pot that brewed Fashola is brewing Ambode.
Ojuekanmi Tope Emmanuel