Ambode at General Muhammadu Buhari’s Interactive Session with Organized Private Sector

Ambode at General Muhammadu Buhari’s Interactive Session with Organized Private Sector

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode, today was at the state house Marina, venue of an interactive session tagged “GMB Means Business”, where the APC Presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd), engaged members of the organized private sector.

The theme of the session was “Mission to Rescue The Nigerian Economy”.

General Buhari presented party’s people and research-based manifesto aimed at halting the downfall the Nigerian economy has suffered. He added that the APC’s message of Change is a positive one.

I Predict End Of Jonathan’s Administration – Ambode; Says ‘We Must Keep Lagos Working’

I Predict End Of Jonathan’s Administration – Ambode; Says ‘We Must Keep Lagos Working’

The governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has predicted the end of the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan next month, saying the presidential election on Saturday, 14th February 2015 points to a new dawn for Nigeria under the leadership of General Muhammadu Buhari, the APC presidential candidate.

Ambode spoke at the star-studded presidential rally of his party which held at the Teslim Balogun stadium, Surulere, on Friday, 30th January, 2015.

In a statement signed by his Director of Media and Communications, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, the APC governorship candidate said the message from Nigerians who are tired of Jonathan’s rudderless policies is to vote in a new government at the federal level, while maintaining the continuity of excellence that Lagos State has witnessed in the past decade.

Ambode’s speech at the occasion where he was formally presented with the party flag reads thus:
“Ever since Nigeria’s independence in 1960, there has never been any time that Nigerians and democracy been so united than this moment. I am, on behalf of all ordinary Nigerians and well-meaning stakeholders, predicting and announcing the end of Jonathan’s administration come February 14, 2015.

“This is the message from all Nigerians who are tired of transformation without motion. But we want continuity in Lagos. The last 16 years have witnessed an irreversible growth and development of Lagos State. Asiwaju Bola Tinubu commenced the giant strides in 1999, laying a solid foundation for Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN), which he has actualized till date.

“In our party’s tradition of excellence, I assure all Lagosians that I will continue in that tradition of excellence that we are known for. Lagos will work for all of us. We must keep Lagos working. It is all about cognate experience. We do not want trial and error in Lagos. There is no room for experiment.

“We must vote General Buhari come February 14th. Do not be scared by their magical mathematics. They say 16 is greater than 19 as we saw during the election of the Governors’ Forum. They also say seven is greater than 19 as they have done at the Ekiti State House of Assembly. We will not allow this type of arithmetics come February 14. We assure General Buhari of 85 per cent of the votes in Lagos State.”

Speaking further on the sideline of the rally, Ambode, who is a University of Lagos-trained former Accountant General of Lagos State, hinged his economic developmental plans for the state on four pillars. According to him, the blueprint of his economic agenda will be anchored on Economic Development, Infrastructural Development; Social Development and Security as well as Sustainable Development and Environment.

The APC candidate said under his Economic Development pillar, “We will create jobs, provide skill-based trainings, pursue investment relentlessly, embark on innovations and new technologies, broaden the economy, and pursue the Project T.H.ESE.” Project THESE is Ambode’s innovative approach to harnessing the potential in Tourism, Hospitality, Entertainment/Arts and Sports to achieve Excellence in job creation and social development.

Under his Infrastructural Development pillar, Ambode, a Fulbright Scholar with specialty in Public Finance Management, said: “We will seek to provide reliable power and energy, integrated transportation system, including tapping into the potentials inherent in our waterways.”

He added that his Social Development and Security Pillar would ensure the provision of good and quality education as well as to improve on provision of technical and vocational skills to shore up the labour gaps in the market. “We shall deliver a first-class health system, as well as secure the lives and property of all Lagosians,” he stated.
On his Sustainability and Environment pillar, Ambode said he plans to combat erosion and flooding and undertake effective and efficient solid waste management across the State.

Ambode who got his first degree in Accounting at 21, and became a Chartered Accountant at 24, with a Masters degree in Financial Management, as well as being an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Wharton Business School said his quiet achievements over the past 30 years were all designed to prepare him for greater leadership roles and responsibilities.

“If Lagos is a project, I dare say that I have served as a plumber, a builder, a carpenter and a foreman. I am now seeking the support of Lagosians to put me in charge as the Project Manager.

“I seek a clean, secure and a more prosperous Lagos, driven by a robust economy and grounded on equity, fairness and justice,” adding that in the collective determination to make Lagos rank not just as one of the fastest growing economies in Africa, but to make the state become one of the most livable and business-friendly cities in the world, “Lagos cannot afford to baby-sit a governor without cognate experience at this point in its development, but should elect a governor who will hit the ground running by continuing with the good works of the incumbent governor,” he said.

Ambode attends Consultative Meeting towards a successful and violence-free 2015 election

Ambode attends Consultative Meeting towards a successful and violence-free 2015 election

The All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate in Lagos state, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and his running mate, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule joined other stakeholders in the forthcoming elections in a consultative meeting towards a successful and violence-free 2015 General elections.

The meeting was hosted by the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, CP Christopher Kayode Aderanti and was held at the Grace Akpoyibo Hall of the Police Headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos.

The stakeholders present at the event included different party candidates, political party leaders, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials, International and local observers, the media and representatives of all Nigerian security outfits.

In his opening remark, the Commissioner of Police urged for cooperation from all the stakeholders in order to ensure a smooth electioneering process in the coming weeks.
He assured the stakeholders that the security operatives will remain apolitical, while also urging the electorates to be vigilant and avoid any form of violence.
He particularly appealed to the candidates to educate their supporters on the need to shun electoral violence and malpractices.

Speaking at the event, Akinwunmi Ambode thanked the Commissioner of police for the reassurance of violence free elections. He identified that the security agencies are very critical to the success of the elections and urged them to remain non-partisan in the discharge of their duties during the elections.

“I do recognize that security is key to the achievement of violence free elections. The electorate and the entire electioneering process should be protected in order to exercise their civil rights. I urge you to be neutral, and not fail, the elections and the process will fail if you fail. I urge you to stand up to be counted for fairness and neutrality”, Ambode said.

He added, “I am totally against electoral violence. We stand for peaceful and positive Change. I look forward to smooth and peaceful elections come February”

The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner for Lagos, Mr. Akin Orebiyi, had earlier urged the stakeholders to embark on massive voter education in order to make them conversant with the workings of the forthcoming elections, particularly about the importance of shunning violence and the collection of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs). He stated that only 2.3 million out of 4 million eligible voters in Lagos have collected their PVCs,
He further appealed to the candidates to ensure that they run issue-based campaigns, and shun inciting, abusive and provocative statements throughout the election period.

The gubernatorial candidates and party chairmen of all the political parties present took turns to sign a memorandum of “NO ELECTORAL VIOLENCE”, to wrap up the consultative discuss.

“I SEE A SAFE, CLEAN AND MORE PROSPEROUS LAGOS” – says Akinwunmi Ambode at TVC

“I SEE A SAFE, CLEAN AND MORE PROSPEROUS LAGOS” – says Akinwunmi Ambode at TVC

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos state, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has stated that the thing that grants legitimacy to any government is selfless service to humanity.
He stated this today while answering questions as the special guest on a public affairs Television programme, “Your View”, held at the TV Continental Studios in Lagos.

Mr. Ambode received questions about his gubernatorial intention and his actual plans for the education, transport, housing, taxing, and the implementation of policies.
For all these, Mr. Ambode promised to employ his vast administrative experience to generally create an upgrade of the institutions in state, an upgrade that will encourage development, fuel a much thriving economy, and bring much ease to the livelihood of all Lagosians.

Ambode said, “As a example, we will create and encourage vocational training in our schools to bridge the unemployment gap, condense our taxes for ease of payment, surely build on the major success of the present government’s housing reforms, give governance back to the local governments, and also introduce Free Lunch into the already implemented Free Education policy”.

He added, “I see a safe, clean, and more prosperous Lagos, and I am sure that by God’s grace and with the support of all Lagosians, we will together make our Lagos the envy of all”.

While displacing the rumored “Godfatherism” and “indigeneship” sentiments, Ambode confidently urged for an objective look at his competence and capabilities to serve and also at his hard-earned victory at the party primaries. “I have the qualities to serve Lagos state, I have been diligent, very competent and I understand the issues of governance; and my emergence has nothing to do with Godfatherism.”, he said.

“I went through a primaries that I won convincingly, after I had pleaded for delegates’ votes by visiting all the local governments, and they willingly voted for me. This goes to show that the people accept me and want me to lead them”.

After the TV session, Akinwunmi Ambode proceeded to Radio Continental’s early morning talk show, “Talk Nigeria”, to share his thoughts about the forthcoming elections in Lagos. He reiterated that the reason behind his gubernatorial intention remains to serve Lagos exemplarily.
In his words, “I epitomize the story of the common Nigerian or Lagosian that can rise from a humble background and become who he or she wants to be, and that is what I want to give back to the people through the art of selfless service. Thank you”

The TV programme was broadcast live and will be re-broadcast at midnight today on the same station.

Why there must be change of National Government in 2015 – FASHOLA

Why there must be change of National Government in 2015 – FASHOLA

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, says an alternative to APC Government in Lagos State is to experiment with life and future of Lagosians. “Lagos is too important to Nigeria, to Africa, across the world, to be entrusted to those who want to experiment with it”. The Governor advanced reasons why change of leadership is expedient at the national level saying Nigeria is too important both globally and continentally to be left in the hands of those who play politics with the lives of her citizens.

Addressing the quality gatherings of members of the Yoruba Tennis Club and their Island Club counterparts at their respective Club Houses in Onikan, Governor Fashola said the national government, formed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has failed to provide its most important responsibility, which according to him, is the security of life and property of citizens and protection of the territorial integrity of the nation.

The Governor, who noted that Nigerians handed over a whole country to the ruling party in 2011, expressed regrets that the same party is now returning to Nigerians to ask for another leadership mandate with only part of the country, having lost some parts to insurgents.

Noting that the Party has reneged in its primary duty to secure the territorial integrity of Nigeria, the Governor warned, “They are returning now to ask for our votes with only a part of the country that we gave them because some parts of the country have been lost to people we didn’t elect. So, in that most important responsibility, they have dropped the ball”. He added, “That is the alternative that is being offered you in Lagos. The choice is yours”.
Akinwunmi Ambode with Fashola on Christmas Eve
(L-R): Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, Chairman, Island Club, Prince Ademola Dada, former Governor of Lagos, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, former Governor of Osun State, Prince (Dr.) Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Chairman Skye Bank Plc, Dr. Olatunde Ayeni and the Lagos State All Progressives Congress Governorship Candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode at the event
Governor Fashola, who expressed dismay that the party has politicized everything, noted that nothing is too much for the party to sloganize about, recalling the way the national government played politics with the very sensitive issue of the more than 200 abducted secondary school girls in Chibok in Borno State.
The Governor also recalled that the PDP-controlled Federal Government has also orchestrated about how it made the country “the biggest economy in Africa”, wondering why smaller economies could provide electricity for their people while the self acclaimed “biggest economy” could keep her people in darkness.

“Please ask them why smaller economies could get petrol easily for their people and why we have to queue for hours and days to get petrol in a biggest economy in Africa”, the Governor said, also wondering why the so-called biggest economy in Africa is trying to buy arms from a smaller economy to secure the country.

He pointed out that the nation’s currency, the Naira, is now trading for N180 per Dollar. While the South African Rand is trading at R11 to one United States Dollar adding that what matters is the quality of the life and prosperity of the citizens and not the size or number being bandied by the PDP-led government.

To buttress his point on the little importance the Federal Government places on the economy of the country, Governor Fashola tasked the people to figure out the last time the President went to present the Annual Budget in the National Assembly, an obligation which, according to him, is a constitutional one.

The Governor also noted that the Federal Government also played politics with the Ebola Virus Disease containment as it almost turned the very grave situation into a political trophy, “even though they knew little about how the battle was fought and won in Lagos which was the epicentre”.

Conversely, Governor Fashola said, the All Progressives Congress controlled Lagos State Government has done well at many fronts including the Education, Security, Power and the financial sector in spite of the very precarious economic and security situation in the country.

On Education, the Governor expressed pride that the public confidence in public schools have risen tremendously pointing out that a recent poll result on the issue returned 53 percent of Lagosians preferring to have their children in State owned primary schools as against 47 percent that opt for private schools while 69 percent as against 31 percent now prefer to have their children in State owned secondary schools.

He said in spite of the average West African Examination Council (WAEC) results, if the Lagos State result is isolated to stand on its own, the State has moved from seven percent pass for students who obtained five credits at a sitting in 2007 to 45 percent in 2014, Lagos Standing alone.

Attributing the success recorded in this area to the support and taxes of the residents, Governor Fashola told the audience, “When you understand the ratio of private schools to State schools, which is about four private schools to one State owned school, you will appreciate the enormity of the task we undertake. But we are happy to undertake this challenge because Lagos is working with your support and with your taxes”.

In the area of Security, the Governor said the poll results also showed that 77 percent of Lagosians now say they feel secure while 89 percent say crime has been greatly reduced, added that this is in spite of the increasing global crime index and Nigeria’s security challenges.

He expressed gratitude to the Board members of the State Security Trust Fund particularly its Executive Secretary, Mr. Fola Arthur-Worrey, who, he said, have continued to provide the institutional capacity to keep the Rapid Response Squad going, adding, “We have been inventive, we have been determined and we have been unyielding as far as crime fighting in Lagos State in concerned”.

Governor Fashola said although the national government has continually given excuses and indulged in blame trading about failure to deliver Power, his administration has lit up public spaces in the State “in spite of this national abdication of responsibility”, citing the Yoruba and Island Clubs as examples of such public spaces where operational costs have been taken off by the provision of Power through the several Independent Power Plants built by his administration across the State.

“So when people come and say that there is no Power, they only speak of their inefficiency and incapacity to deliver Power. Electricity, as an invention, is over 100 years old so there is no excuse for Nigerians to continue to live in darkness”, the Governor said adding that businesses in Lagos now run late into the nights.

On the Financial Sector, Governor Fashola said the State’s the financial indices remain stable adding, “It is the only State in the Federal Republic of Nigeria that still enjoys an A in positive outlook in Fitch rating.

“I am proud because many sectors of our national life show progress and results of the hard and dedicated work of the Public Servants of Lagos State. The unemployment index in Lagos State is eight percent compared to the national index of 24 percent; and this is in spite of our size because this is the home of every Nigerian”, the Governor said.
Akinwunmi Ambode, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule and Senator Gbenga Ashafa
(L-R): The Lagos State All Progressive Congress (APC) Governorship Candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, All Progressives Congress (APC) Deputy Governorship Candidate, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule and the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Senator Gbenga Ashafa
Urging Lagosians to ensure retention of the APC Government in the State in 2015, Governor Fashola thanked members of the two clubs for their cooperation and support adding, “You have worked with us, you have sacrificed, you have counseled, you have suggested and we have taken our destiny in our hands to show that in spite of the odds, nothing is impossible when the people of Lagos are determined to do it”.

“I could go on and on and on; but we are all living witnesses of what we have built here. You are the ones who chose the change that you now experience. Some people told you then that we were overtaxing you. But those who said so have now turned around to say that they are going to increase VAT. They have come back to where we started from”, the Governor said.

He noted that Lagosians have the responsibility to keep the change that has been achieved so far adding, “You will do so with your votes; that is your Power. Please ensure that you go and collect your Voters’ Card in order to protect what you have built in Lagos. Lagos is too important to Nigeria, it is too important to Africa, it is too important across the world, to be entrusted to those who want to experiment with it”.

Urging Lagosians to vote for the APC gubernatorial candidate for Lagos, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor Fashola declared, “Our Party has held successful and well-organized gubernatorial primaries and the most successful candidate, has emerged as our flag bearer. Almost all of the aspirants in that contest have worked in our Government and they have contributed to the progress we now have”.

The Governor, who said Ambode served with him for six years as an Accountant General, asserted, “He comes to the table with a lot of experience because he was part of the process that built what we have achieved. He understands how government works, he will not be learning from Day One.” He continued, “You should elect him as my successor because he is very experienced. The alternatives to him would be an experiment, an experiment with your lives, an experiment with your businesses and an experience with the future of your children”.

Thanking members of the Clubs, Governor Fashola expressed pride his administration had worked with them to explode many myths adding, “I am proud because Lagos is working. In spite of tumbling oil prices, Lagos is not in arrears of workers’ salaries. We are still paying our workers’ salaries and also add a bonus”.

“This is not because we are not affected by the revenue losses. But we are able to keep going because a Party and a Government that know what they are doing manage the affairs of the State. You and I and these men and women behind me achieved it together so it is a collective effort”, he told the audiences.

In his welcome remarks earlier, Chairman of the Yoruba Tennis Club, Mr.Babaseyi Joseph, regretted the downturn in the nation’s economy and the quality of life of Nigerians saying in spite of the problem of Boko Haram “with no solution in sight”, the nation’s economy has remained fragile as the Naira continues its nosedive.

Describing the fall in the price of crude oil as a strong indication that serious effort should be made for the diversification of the Nigerian Economy for sustainable development, the Chairman, who expressed confidence that this is achievable, cited the Horn-free Day declared by the State Government saying several individuals have significantly reduced the noise level in Lagos State by sounding their horns only when it is absolutely necessary.
“If this can be achieved, then why can’t we all work together to ensure that we move away from the dependence on one major commodity, that is crude oil. In achieving this let us all work together to move the country forward. The country belongs to all of us,” he said.
Chairman of Island Club, Prince Ademola Dada, in his welcome remarks, described Governor Fashola’s eight years in the saddle as Governor of Lagos State as a glorious tenure in the Lagos House and prayed that whoever would succeed him would share his philosophy for the people of Lagos State.

Recalling that when the Governor assumed duties in 2007, not many people, especially those in the establishments, gave him a chance to succeed, the Chairman, however, added, “But you have performed creditably well matching up chains of achievements in all spheres. Your enormous capacity for work astounded many watchers of public affairs. You followed the footsteps of your predecessor keenly and brought governance to the grassroots”.

Also present at the Yoruba Tennis Club were the APC Vice-Presidential candidate, Professor Yemi Osibajo, the Lagos State APC Gubernatorial Candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Vice Chairman of the Club, Mr. Ayodele Martins, members of the State Executive Council including Secretary to the State Government and APC Deputy Governorship Candidate, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluranti Adebule, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba, among others while at the Island Club were former Governors of Lagos State, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, Brigadier Raji Rasaki and Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, as well as other top government functionaries and members of the Organized Private Sector.