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Lagos APC Faults The Economist’s Opinion On Ambode


The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has said The

Economist’s opinion on the performance of the Lagos State Governor, Mr.

Akinwumi Ambode is wrong headed and based on faulty assumptions that

have no linkage with the reality on ground. The party said that The

Economist merely passed a judgment on a governor that has a four year

renewable mandate by flashes of incidents that are not only correctable

but are being corrected by the governor.


 In a release in Lagos, sighed by the Lagos State Publicity Secretary of

the APC, Joe Igbokwe, the party says that the conclusions the magazine

drew about the capacity of Governor Ambode is pedestrian and is clearly

in sync with the street lingo of the opposition in Lagos. It said that

Governor Ambode is displaying a deep commitment to governance in Lagos

that will ensure he will emerge one of the best governors in this



 “We wonder how a reputable institution like The Economist could rush

into quick judgment on the capacity of a governor elected for four years

on traffic and security hitches that have traceable origins and are

therefore solvable. The traffic and security glitches have endured for

few weeks and the governor has openly identified the causes and had gone

cracking while, as at today, results have come in as the traffic hitches

have gone down while security has greatly improved.


 ” We did state last week that the traffic snarls were as a result of the

governor’s directive to traffic managers to be more humane and

considerate in dealing with motorists. The abuse of this directive and

the sabotage of the  traffic officers led to increased traffic snarls

which has made the governor to wield the big stick and effect changes at

the echelon of the traffic management agency. We can report today that

the traffic situation has significantly improved and promises to get

better in the coming days.


 “We did also report that the momentary upsurge in crimes was an attempt

to dare the good natured face of Ambode’s regime. The governor has not

only beefed the security manpower in the state but has procured numerous

security gadgets, including helicopters and raided numerous black spots

in the state to deal with the issue. It is worthwhile that the security

glitches have given way to better security of lives and properties in



 “Because The Economist did not go further in its analysis beyond these

two issues, we are minded to believe that it believes other critical

sectors of governance do not matter. But we can tell The Economist and

other naysayers that Governor Ambode is fully meeting the huge

challenges of governance in Lagos. Such areas that are witnessing huge

activity like road construction, employment, education, infrastructure

maintenance, health, judiciary, etc are receiving the energetic

attention of Governor Ambode, in line with the rich governance tradition

in Lagos. We want to assure The Economist that Governor Ambode is fully

wedded to his demanding job and is making great impact on governance in



 “We recognize The Economist as a strong and dynamic institution, a

reputation built over the years through dint of hard work and

commitment. We therefore expect  that The Economist should do everything

humanly possible to defend this hard-earned respect and recognition. It

amounts to great a disservice to this well respected institution when it

goes into gutter journalism and sensational publications to score cheap

political points. When gold rust what will iron do?”


 ” Lagos APC wants to assure Lagosians that they have a hard working

governor who has been in the system and understands the problems and

prospects of the state very well. As Lagosians have seen, the governor

has tremendous energy to work and has continued to traverse the state to

feel the problems and direct solution to them. We want to firmly state

that there is no doubting the capacity of Governor Ambode to govern

Lagos and at the end of the first four years, Lagosians will be the best




 Joe Igbokwe


 Publicity Secretary,

 Lagos APC.

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