Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday took a swipe at the 16 years of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the nation’s drivers’ seat.
He claimed the period between 1999 and 2015 under PDP’ watch amounted to nothing for Lagos, Nigeria’s economic capital.
Ambode spoke at the National Consultative Forum of the National Committee of Buhari Support Groups (BSG) at Nicon Luxury Hotels in Abuja.
The BSG is the coordinating body of all groups campaigning for President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s re-election next year.
The governor said Nigerians, having crossed the Red Sea, would not go back to Egypt by bringing PDP back to power.
He said that the APC was able to lay a solid foundation for economic growth and prosperity within three and half years of assuming power 2015.
Ambode described the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket as the best option to take Nigeria to the next level and loftier heights from next year.
The governor said:-
“Sixteen years of PDP, I can say it clearly that Lagos State never enjoyed anything from them. Three and half years of APC, I can clearly attest here that whatever it is that we have achieved in Lagos in the last three and half years, the present Federal Government has largely contributed to the things that we have achieved be it in terms of right of way, be it in terms of approval for waivers for import duties and other things that have actually made Lagos to be on the progressive trajectory that it had been in the last twenty years.
“So, for me, it is very easy and it is just common sense that we have to uphold the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket to allow that economic progress and the growth in the GDP that we want for Nigeria rather than allowing it to get dismantled and then make us to go back to Egypt after crossing the Red Sea and we are not going back to Egypt.”
He said since assuming office in 2015, the Buhari administration had worked tirelessly to bring about fundamental paradigm shift and returning the country to the part of progress.
“The onus”, he noted, “is now on the entire country to give the APC a chance to consolidate on the massive development already embarked upon.
“I just want Nigerians to understand and also to encourage all our members here that what we have started as a support group coordinating everything that is happening is not necessarily for you but it is a selfless service to put Nigeria on that trajectory that grows prosperity and also conveniently in another four years, we would make all Nigerians proud and I am very proud to be part of this.
“We have made up our mind that we are going to work tirelessly; we would do everything that is possible in terms of supporting and campaigning to let Nigerians understand that there are two parallel lines between what we stand to offer which is growth and prosperity for this country and what PDP is trying to come and re-engineer to take us back to the debris of the past that we don’t want to ever go back to.
“So, I just want to congratulate Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari and also the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo and assure them that when they look at their back, they have true Nigerians who believe that yes, we want to build a skyscraper but we need solid foundation to be able to enjoy that skyscraper and then the next level we are thinking on is to be able to put the proper aesthetics and lay the proper foundation to allow Nigeria to make progress and that is what the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket speaks about.”