LAGOS GOV RACE: I Have Not Anointed Anyone, Says Tinubu

Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former governor, Lagos State.

Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former governor, Lagos State.

As governorship aspirants under the banner of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN)  warm up for the Lagos Government House in 2011, former governor of Lagos State,  Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has declared that he had not anointed anyone  for the coveted  seat.

Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former governor, Lagos State.

The former governor stated emphatically that he could not singlehandedly pick a  governorship candidate for the party in Lagos State.

His response puts paid to the impression created by some politicians that he had  thrown his weight behind one of the aspirants jostling to be governor of the state.

The former governor, who was on a visit to the State House of Assembly, Alausa,  yesterday, was asked who his anointed candidate for Lagos State was and he said: “I  am not into that, I am not a pastor. I don’t have the anointing oil or the spiritual  power.

“I am just a party leader and leadership is about collective decision process.   You too have the right of endorsement; you have the right to be in position of  influence.”

Tinubu also said he was not disturbed by those who were allegedly threatening his  life, adding that he was used to such threats, having faced graver situations during  the military era.

“This is not the first time I am facing such a threat. I have been in it since  1991, 1993 and 1994 during the military dictatorship and our crusade to bring  democracy to the country,” he said.

“If those so-called opponents are becoming a danger and we all become afraid to  lead the crusade for full democratisation, for true federalism, for justice in our  society, then we are finished as a nation,” he added.

Tinubu also saluted the bravery of the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido  Sanusi, for defending the cause of democracy when he accused members of the National  Assembly of consuming 25 percent of the nation’s budget.

He described the lawmakers as greedy and called on ACN lawmakers in the National  Assembly not to join the crusade against Sanusi for saying the right thing.

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The former governor who spoke at a four-day training conference for local  government legislators at the Eko FM Multi-Purpose Hall, Ikeja, Lagos, said the  lawmakers, who constitute 0.01 percent of the population should not be so greedy as  to take more than one percent of the budget.

He commended Sanusi for exposing the greedy lawmakers, adding that he was proud of  him.

In his address to the councillors, Tinubu admonished them to examine themselves  always so that they can serve the people better.

“If you must be people-focus, there must be accountability, soul searching and  accountability. Government programme must fit the needs of our people.

“You must not be an overbearing executive in any part or arms of government. The  legislators at the grassroots are not there to bake cake or take slices from the  bread of our state, they are there to serve the people. And if it is all about  service, then, they have to show commitment to the people,” he stated.

Tinubu also expressed his support for separation of powers in a democracy but warned  that it should not be abused. “We must not abuse it. There is no way anyone can stop  you from performing your constitutional duty. We must salute all arms of our  government in the state for the exemplary format today,” he said.

He urged the councillors to continue to ask questions on, “how long have we  reviewed the revenue allocation formula? How frequent is the period recommended by  the constitution, and if is in every five years, has there been changes in the  environment, population and the needs of the society?”

—Kazeem Ugbodaga, Eromosele Ebhomele, Yisa Jamiu

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