Grand Patron of the Buhari/Osinbajo Mandate Group in Lagos State, Chief Lanre Razak, has congratulated the State Governor-elect, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, attributing his landslide victory to the tremendous goodwill the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, enjoys among Lagosians.
He said the triumph of the APC gubernatorial candidate over his counterpart in the PDP, Mr. Jimmy Agbaje as well as the election of 40 lawmakers also from the APC into the State House of Assembly was the best way for the Lagos electorate to appreciate the former two-term governor for his invaluable contributions to the socio-economic development of the nation’s Centre of Excellence.
In a statement in Epe on Tuesday, Razak said the people should expect good governance and more dividends of democracy from the incoming governor who will assume office on May 29 considering his pedigree as a former private sector guru and an active participant in the Lagos public service for many years and gave the assurance that Sanwo-Olu would always put the interest of the ordinary people of the state first in his service to fatherland.
Razak also a former commissioner for public transportation in the state said: “I want to assure Lagosians that there will be more socio-economic transformation during Sanwo-Olu’s tenure as governor and the people of Lagos State as well as other Nigerians will be happy that they have made the right choice in electing him and putting him in charge of affairs.
“But let me make this strong appeal to them that all they need to do is to cooperate fully with the incoming governor by paying their rates and taxes as and when due and should watch Lagos grow in leaps and bounds in infrastructural development and human capital like never before witnessed in the state and everybody will be happy for it.
“He has the fear of God and will always put the interest of ordinary Lagosians first in the development of the state. He believes that God gives power through the people who will be his first priority in office because good governance is about the people”.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his running mate Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, won a landslide victory over their PDP opponents, Jimmy Agbaje and Mrs. Oluyemi Busari , who many observers had expected to give Sanwo- Olu a tough fight in the race.
However, this was not to be as the political machinery of the national leader of the APC, Tinubu that backed Sanwo-Olu for the contest was too much for Agbaje and his party.
Razak who is also the Balogun General of Epe, attributed Sanwo-Olu’s overwhelming acceptance and support by Lagosians to Tinubu’s sterling performance while in office and subsequently the continued trust and confidence the people of the state have in the leadership of Asiwaju.
Tinubu’s leadership traits and administrative style while in office as governor for eight years he maintained remain second to none and a golden era of the state, adding that serving and incoming governors across the states should draw from his fountain of wisdom and wealth of experience.
It would be recalled that the PDP governorship candidate, Mr. Jimmy Agbaje, had during electioneering claimed that the state was under the firm grip of a political godfather from whom Lagosians must be liberated.
But Razak also a member of the Lagos Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), said on the contrary: “That Tinubu’s track record of meritorious service and provision of people-oriented development projects in the Nigeria’s Centre of Excellence has not be surpassed by any governor till date.
“He left Lagos in a higher level of social and economic development than he met it, making the state the most prosperous among the 36 states. For instance when he assumed office in May 1999, the state internally generated revenue, IGR was about N600million monthly but today the state is raking in an average of over N30billion in IGR per month which is the highest by any state government nationwide.
“From the records also, there was no noticeable additional tax burden imposed by his administration on payers. Rather all he did was to bring about very scientific financial engineering which entailed blocking of all revenue loopholes and the payment of all government revenue into the same account, the Treasury Single Account, TSA to meet the development needs of Lagosians”.
Under Tinubu according to Razak, Lagosians not only heaved a sigh of relief and enjoyed unprecedented developmental strides but that “what the people have done by massively voting for Mr. Sanwo-Olu and other APC candidates in the state is to appreciate and say thank you to Asiwaju for his extremely uncommon leadership traits.
“Whereas Marcus Buckingham sees leadership as primarily, the act of gaining the confidence of followers, Asiwaju has gone a notch further by putting to shame those who are pathological liars, very lazy, politically naïve and didn’t understand what they were saying by telling our people that Lagos is in slavery or under bondage.
‘’I congratulate and thank Lagosians who trooped out to speak with their PVCs and vote APC candidates during the elections. They have elected not only the right people but rejected those who wanted to throw them into bondage, cause hardship and possibly loot the state’s treasury.
“That cannot happen in Lagos State in the 21st Century. We thank Asiwaju Tinubu for being there for us the people of Lagos State. Besides, there is no basis to compare the leadership qualities of our revered Asiwaju Tinubu with that of the outgoing President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki who was also a former governor of Kwara State for eight years.
“Therefore, Lagosians had no reason to adopt the ‘O to’ ge’ (enough is enough) campaign slogan employed by Kwara people in the 2019 general elections which saw the overwhelming defeat of Dr. Saraki in the senatorial poll and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP candidates in the state during the general elections.
“There can’t be ‘’O to ge’’ syndrome in Lagos State because Asiwaju is very humane and generous. I am very sure that 60 percent of his earnings go to charity and to support the vulnerable members of the society unlike Saraki. Consequently, our own slogan in Lagos is ‘Adu pe’ (Thank you) which is the situation that subsists in our state.
“We Lagosians thank the Asiwaju for the human capital and infrastructural transformation of Lagos State.
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