Chairman of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Lagos State, South West Nigeria, Chief Henry Ajomale has given reasons why the party decided to endorseÂ Governor Babatunde Fashola to vie for a second term under the flagship of the party.
The ACN, at its National Executive Council, NEC, meeting in Lagos yesterday formally endorsed Fashola after a long period of silence as to who would fly theÂ flag of the party in coming governorship poll in Lagos.
The loss of a constituency in Ikorodu to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP last month appeared to have jolted the ACN that if it fields an unpopularÂ candidate the party might lose Lagos to the opposition party.
Speaking with P.M.NEWS last night, Ajomale said the party gave Fashola the nod to return unopposed for a second term because he had performed well and beyondÂ the imagination of the populace.
â€œDonâ€™t you see what is happening around?Â Fashola has performedÂ well; he has executed the partyâ€™s manifesto very well.Â Even in Nigeria now, he isÂ considered the best governor.
â€œIf he can do what he did in four years, then he deserved the ticket.Â You canâ€™t change a winning team.Â Even Nigerians in the Diaspora, Fashola has wonÂ their heart,â€ he stated.
According to Ajomale, these and many more exploits that he did in transforming Lagos were what the party leaders considered in endorsing him for a secondÂ term to carry the banner of the ACN in the coming governorship election in Lagos.
Publicity Secretary, ACN, Lagos, Mr. Joe Igbokwe said Fasholaâ€™s endorsement was in the right direction, saying he had done a marvelous job in Lagos andÂ deserved the ticket.
â€œIn Fashola, I have seen somebody who will not only transform Lagos but Nigeria in the future.Â I have seen his vision and I know he is the right man.Â I seeÂ him going beyond 2015.
â€œI know my leader, Asiwaju will not make a mistake.Â Asiwaju is Fasholaâ€™s legacy.Â We thank God that Asiwaju gave us Fashola.Â After four years, Lagos hasÂ been changed and by 2015, I can assure you that Lagos will compete with great cities in the world,â€ Igbokwe said.
On Wednesday, the ACN announced Fashola as its flag bearer for the coming governorship election in Lagos after meeting of the NEC, saying that he is the bestÂ man for the job because of his achievement in the last four years.
Former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu formally raised up Fasholaâ€™s hand signifying his endorsement for a second term, saying that the governorÂ had performed excellently and beyond expectation.
Tinubu denied ever having a rift with Fashola, stressing that such rumours were being perpetrated by â€œpolitical rodents and enemies who did not know how IÂ knew him.â€
According to him, Fashola had scored 85 percent performance in moving Lagos to greater heights, saying that he remained the best man for the job.
â€œHe is my son. Those that were peddling the rumour are those that did not know how I knew him. He is endeared to me. The agents of destruction, politicalÂ rodents, enemies and scavengers in the corridors of power who want to continue to loot state funds without working to deliver dividends of democracy areÂ those peddling the rumours.
â€œThey said I was jealous of his achievements and all sort of things. If you have a son that has surpassed your records, you celebrate him. I am theÂ pathfinder. He is the navigator. I am the one that identified the talent,â€ Tinubu stated.
The former governor stated that in the last four years, Lagos had been transformed and taken to another level, while he called on Lagosians to come out toÂ register in the forthcoming votersâ€™ registration exercise.
Recalling the difficulties he went through in getting members to accept Fashola as the partyâ€™s candidate in 2007, he said â€œwhen I brought Fashola to you,Â some people were in doubt. Many of my friends turned enemy. They rained curses on me but the party structure stood by me.
â€œThey told me one thing: Bola, you are our leader. Where you are going, we are going with you. We believe in you and if you say this man is good, then so beÂ it.â€
â€” Kazeem Ugbodaga & Yisa Jamiu