Biodun Ajiboye, a leader in the All Progressives Congress, has said that the future of Lagos State must not be entrusted to someone without relevant experience. The APC chieftain said that, of all the candidates running for office, only Sanwo-Olu has distinguished himself with his performance over the past few years. They are opposed to the hatred being depicted by some, he said, in reference to the recent ethnic unrest in Lagos that broke out in the weeks following the last election.
Yet he was quick to add that he agrees with the opinion that only a properly competent candidate should be allowed to govern Lagos. In terms of GDP, he said, Lagos is the most important state in Nigeria. He claimed that Lagos needs a strong leader in order to continue functioning. He suggested that the concept of "not being young to rule" could not fly in Lagos, where more seasoned leaders are required to implement reforms. The traffic problems in Lagos, he argues, are not significant enough to detract from the APC's record of success.
"There are instances when we talk directly to the circumstance in an effort to find solutions," he remarked. I have nothing against Igbos in general, and I have nothing against an Igbo running for governor of Lagos state, provided that he or she is a competent leader. We consider the Igbo to be our brothers, and in the past they have served as commissioners in Lagos state.
But, Lagos's future cannot be left in the hands of merely anyone. The state's progress is undeniable. From 1999, Lagos has had clear growth as evidenced by data. No single Nigerian state brings in N51 billion per month from sources within the country. The city of Lagos has come much too far for the traffic problem to be used as an excuse to roll back the city's growth. It is generally agreed that Lagos is the most developed region in Nigeria.
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