Fashola seeks protest vote against PDP



Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola yesterday urged Nigerians to remove the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led Federal Government with protest vote in the forthcoming election for failing to deliver dividends of democracy.
Fashola, who made the call while handing over 2.9 kilometre Yaya-Abatan Road in Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area of the state, to commemorate Democracy Day affirmed  that the impart of democracy might not be felt in the country if governments that ought to deliver democratic dividends to the  people were not living above board.
He  pointed out that the All Progressives Congress (APC) government has kept its promise by ensuring that dividends of democracy spread across the state, adding that same could not be said of the PDP government at the federal level.
“They said we work for people living in Ikoyi and Lekki alone. Even if we are working for the elite alone, both the rich and poor are complaining and suffering under their government. They do not fix power problem, they are not bothered about insecurity in the country, they are just generating revenue for themselves.
“The media asked their leader about the state of the nation. He said everything was okay and that the country had a billionaire. He said people now own a lot of private jets. They do not remember Lagos residents. But they are coming back to seek your votes. Will you give him? Please, do not give them your votes.”
The governor recalled that his government in 2013, handed over Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge to celebrate the day, adding that this project has imparted greatly on residents.
“It has reduced traffic congestion in the axis of Lekki and Victoria Island. In 2012, we inaugurated the Lagos Traffic Radio. It is the only type in the entire continent. It was designed to help us plan our journey and give us information ahead of our journey. In 2011, we inaugurated about 25 bus franchise holders to ease transportation in the state. Today, we are handing over Yaya Abatan Road in Ifako Ijaiye Local Government Area and seven connecting inner-city roads.”
“This is the value and meaning of democracy. This is what the tax payers’ monies have done for us in the state. We could have waited for the Federal Government to construct these roads for us. Because we contributed monies through taxes, we can take our destiny in our own hands,” he added.
The governor charged the residents to take possession of the road and avoid anything that will destroy the facility.
He said, “I appeal to all of you not to drop waste inside the drains for your own protection. Please, do not dump refuse in the drains. For those who do not have cars, a road does not serve car owners alone. It also serves pedestrians”.
Also speaking, the state Commissioner for Works Mr. Obafemi Hamzat said the road construction is a proof of the state government resolve to continue to deliver dividends of democracy to the people.
He explained that the road was strategic as it links the area to places like Iju-Ishaga, Ogba and other adjoining locations, saying 987 jobs were created during the construction of the road.


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