I remember an incident a few years ago when President Jonathan was asked by Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, to give the state a special status. The governor of example must have been bewildered when the President responded with a chilling parable. He said his uncle made his money in Abuja and spent it in Lagos. That is the hazard when a major state, and the nation’s most important city, is ignored in the centre. Since Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s reign, Lagos has had to survive with imagination. The centre ignored it and even harangued it, a la Obasanjo. As the city with the biggest population, influx and diversity of people from elsewhere and business hive, Lagos is like New York or London or Los Angeles. In spite of the political hue of the city, the centre in those countries acknowledges their places and roles. Under Asiwaju and BRF, it has been a fight against the grain.
Now, the battle to get the centre started from Lagos, with Asiwaju, the best politician ever in the nation’s history, gaining the centre with adroit work of coalition with the APC. Now that LAGOS has gained the centre, how could it go to the opposition? And lose all it fought for in about two decades? Not to a man who once joined Tompolo and company to call for trouble if Jonathan lost, or who went venal and asked his supporters to compare who was more handsome between Jonathan and Buhari.
The APC In Lagos has been a serious business with foundation set, and then improved with imagination. And Akinwunmi Ambode, ex-Harvard, Ex-Wharton Business School, Pennsylvania, first-class accountant in school and practice, who worked in all parts of Lagos and lived there, is the natural man for the job. Governing Lagos has always been a serious matter and not a contest of handsomeness. We need a man who will take Lagos with a steady hand to the next platform. We want a man who has experience but not an experimenter.