The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Saturday assured President Muhammadu Buhari that residents of Lagos would troop out enmasse on February 16 and deliver the State to him and other National Assembly candidates on the platform of the All Progressive Congress.
Governor Ambode, who spoke at the APC Presidential Mega Rally held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos, said the President in the last three and half years fully supported the infrastructural growth in the State and would do more if given another mandate of four years.
According to him, the February 16 election was not about tribe or religion, but strictly about job creation, infrastructural development and economic growth, saying that Buhari has shown total commitment to making life comfortable for residents.
He said: “In and outside of the stadium, you can see the crowd that has turned out here and we are very grateful that Lagos has been signed, sealed and delivered to APC already.
“The message is very clear.
“We appreciate Mr. President for his support to our State in the last three and half years. The achievements that we have recorded in Lagos were possible because of his support. This election is not about tribe or religion, it’s about infrastructure, jobs and the economy and the right path to go is to go to the APC.
“If you see what we are going in Lagos already, you will see that the Airport road is not for the Yorubas or the Igbos or the Hausas, its about making life comfortable for Nigerians and that is why Mr. President has continually supported all our projects by even refunding some of the funds we used for capital projects so that we can complete more projects.”
Ambode said it was important for Nigerians to entrust Buhari with another four years in office to continue in the trajectory of growth, warning that the return of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party would do nothing but alter the progress made by the Federal Government so far.
He said: “If you remember, the first two years of this administration we were in recession caused by the PDP, but in the last two years, we have stabilized, we have created the groundwork for growth and that is where APC is different from the PDP. They will tell you that they want to make Nigeria work again. But ask them who destroyed Nigeria in the first place?
“Therefore, this election is about moving the economy forward and for this to be possible, we need to continue on the foundation that we have already made in the last four years. APC remains one party, we remain one nation and one family.”
Buhari, who made his entrance into the venue of the rally at about 2:45pm to a tumultuous welcome by the teeming crowd and party faithful, assured that Lagos as commercial capital of Nigeria would continue to receive greater attention in terms of infrastructural renewal and all round economic growth.
The rally was well attended by the who is who in the APC, including the Governors of Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Ekiti, Ondo, Edo, Kano, Kebbi; National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; other serving and past Ministers; and party chieftains.