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Lagos APC Faults The Economist’s Opinion On Gov Ambode

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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 [above] 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 dispensation.

“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 have 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 Lagos.

“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 Lagos.

“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 judges.”

Joe Igbokwe

Publicity Secretary,

Lagos APC


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