Friday, January 9, 2015

Fashola Fires back at president Jonathan right after the president's Visit to Lagos state

The governor of Lagos State, Babatunde
Fashola, has dismissed the speech
presented by President Goodluck
Jonathan at the inauguration of the
Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,
campaign, in Lagos on Wednesday,
saying it had become obvious that the
president could no longer rule the
Speaking in Benin City, the Edo State
capital on Thursday during the Edo Town
Hall meeting, the governor said the
president spent close to an hour
delivering his speech without being able
to explain what he had done in the last
six years had been in power or what he
would do if re-elected.
Mr. Fashola, who spoke after the vice
presidential candidate of the All
Progressives Congress, APC, Femi
Osinbajo, unfolded the party's
programme, said Mr. Jonathan did not
only exhibit unnecessary anger but was
critical of his predecessor without
unfolding his plan for the country.
"Today, you have listened to a vice
presidential candidate telling you in 29
minutes many things you will never hear
at a rally because the time for such
discussions doesn't exist for many
Nigerian want to interrogate people
making empty promises, the governor
"But we chose to be different because
we are bustling with ideas. We know
ideas can change things. He (Osinbajo)
has spoken to you for 29 minutes. He
has been on this assignment for only
three weeks and he has discussed power
with you, he has discussed employment
with you, he has discussed agriculture
with you, he has discussed welfare
scheme, health care, youth development
with you without reading any speech. He
has been there for three weeks only and
he has not been yet elected.
"Now what is on the other side (PDP),
because I spent about an hour listening
to the president in my state? For almost
the same period I saw a very angry
president. I saw a president who is
lamenting about people judging his
performance and blaming all those who
ruled before him, forgetting that he has
been on this job for six years.
"And he kept saying 'they say we don't
have a plan' and for almost 45 minutes
he did not reveal a plan on security, he
did not reveal a plan on corruption. I
listened to him. Now after six years
without being able to articulate what he
has done and what he will do but
blaming everybody and forgetting that
he is the Commander-in-Chief. If the
kitchen is becoming too hot as it's
becoming obvious he must get out of it."
Mr. Fashola, a member of the APC, who
will complete his second tenure as
governor in May, said the coming
election would be about job approval.
He said, "This election is going to be
about job approval. It is not about where
you come from; it is not about how
young he is; it is job approval after six
years. Are you happy with your
"So if after six years he has not been
able to explain to you what he is doing
with your time, with your resource – 52
% revenue formula, do you want to
continue another four years."
The governor said unlike the PDP
presidential candidate, Mr. Osinbajo was
a man who had not done the job but able
to explain his party's agenda just three
weeks after he was named a vice
presidential running mate.
He said he knew Mr. Osinbajo very well
having served as attorney general and
commissioner for justice in the
administration of former Governor Bola
Tinubu the same time he (Fashola)
served as Chief of Staff.
"I know this man. He was AG of Lagos
State when I was Chief of Staff to
Governor Tinubu. People have
introduced him as a pastor, yes he is.
But he is also a professor of law. He
became a professor at 33 or so. So he
has taught many lawyers and he still
teaches. He also goes to court and he
still preaches religion. That is the
versatility of the man," he said.
"What many people do not know, which
the PDP people agreed – God bless the
soul of Late Umaru Yar'Adua, who said
the election that brought him to power
was flawed they rigged everything that
was 'riggable'. It was Professesor
Osinbajo that challenged all of us saying
'we can't let this thing go without a
challenge. Let us go and go get forensic
expert because I believe that the ballot
papers was thumb-printed not by
legitimate voters and he brought
somebody and one by one it showed
where either the same person voted 100
times… they used palm kernel. That is
the capacity of the man who wants to be
your vice president."
Earlier, Mr. Osinbajo had asked the
audience to vote for change in the
coming election.
"We must change everything that
affects us in Nigeria and this is our
opportunity. February 14, 2015 is that
opportunity. We have no choice but to
make a change. There is no time to
waste. We have a great opportunity to
change this country," he said amid
cheers from the audience.
The APC vice presidential running mate
said the priority of the APC "is first
employment because we need to get
the young people back to work".
He said, "If we continue at the rate we
are going, we will have more people out
of work; we would have doubled the
people out of work now by 2016. We are
churning out people from the university
and institutions but we are not engaging
them. It is important that we find
Mr. Osinbajo explained that the party's
manifesto has outlined how it would
tackle the power challenge, education,
and other issues.
He said, "Let us not assume that running
this country is rocket science, that
running this country is difficult. It is not.
Other countries that have less resources
than us are well run. All we need to do is
to put people who know. I pray that God
gives us the opportunity to run this
country and the country will be
unrecognisable in one year."
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