Nobody is above Lagos State, Its time to respect Lagosians-Jide Sanwo-Olu

Let it be heard by all that I hold the people of Lagos state with
great respect and affection. Their welfare is my utmost concern
and it is what drives my pursuit for the governorship nomination of
the APC. As such, I also hold the office of governor of our state in
high esteem. I shall never consciously do anything that will
undermine the dignity of the office nor will I engage in personal
attacks against the holder of that officer. My pursuit of office will
continue to be based upon issues that matter to Lagosians and not
on attacks against someone’s character, even when he attack
mine. For anyone to engage in unwarranted character attacks
against me, reveals more about that person’s character than it
says about mine.
Thus, I felt sad for Lagos as I watched Press Conference by
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. Many things he said was beneath
the dignity of our people and the exalted office he now holds.
Perhaps the tension and anxiety of the moment got the better of
him. If given a chance at cooler reflection of what he said, I am
sure he would regret his descent into such low conduct. In this
vein, I forgive him and hope he regains his balance and proper
comportment no matter the outcome of tomorrow’s contest. After
all, we are both here to improve Lagos not to wrestle in its streets.
However, I must clear up some inaccuracies in the Governor’s
statement. His allegation of that I was arrested for spending fake
dollars at a night club in the United States was untrue. In fact, the
governor knows I travelled to the United States just last month. I
would not have been allowed to travel or even get a visa if I had
been involved in what the Governor falsely alleged.
That the Governor claimed I underwent some unidentified type of
“rehabilitation” at the Gbagada General Hospital was also
shameless and untrue. Promulgation of salacious rumor should
not be part of the job description of a governor. This is not the
stuff of high office.
People should question whether it is ethically right for the
Governor to turn what should be confidential medical information
about a citizen into a weapon of political warfare?
But for avoidance of doubt, let it be stated that I never received any
treatment whatsoever at the Gbagada General Hospital.
Today, instead of making a convincing defense of his
performance, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode sought to sow fear into the
hearts of Lagosians.
But Lagosians are an intelligent and brave people. They can see
through the smoke and the fog. I am here not to tear my opponent
down but to help build Lagos up.
With me, you will hear about progress on education, health,
sanitation, proper tax levels, economic development, infrastructure,
jobs, public services and other things that enhance the lives of
people. I am a serious person and this primary is a serious matter.
I have not the time or inclination to attack character when there
are so many real issues to address.
We will continue to focus on the issues that matter in the lives of
the people of Lagos. Lagosians want an answer to the sanitation
crisis cast loss of jobs caused by Mr. Ambode’s Visionscape
misadventure.
Our people will want to know why Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has not
been able to build a single General Hospital in the State when his
immediate predecessor Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) built 11
General Hospitals. Lagosians are waiting to hear what our
solutions are. They want to know why hundreds of competent civil
servants got summarily dismissed and how this has undermined
public services.
As a candidate for the party’s nomination and hopefully as your
next governor, my approach will not be to sling insults but to
propose solutions to the problems of the day.

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3 Comments

  1. Good information

  2. Yes

  3. U turn is coming

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