The candidate for governorship of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) in the 2019 Lagos State Gubernatorial Election, Mr. Babatunde Gbadamosi, urged Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to “wake up” after 200 days in office to the challenges of providing democracy dividends to Lagosians.
Speaking with editors in Lagos during a media debate, the ADP candidate ranked Sanwo-Olu low across all governance areas, saying “the governor could have done better.”
“Sanwo-Olu needs to find his spine, he needs to find his backbone, he needs to find his will and execute what he said he will execute if elected the governor of Lagos state when we had that famous pre-election debate.
“The governor needs to wake up and sort out the lowest of the low hanging fruits,” Gbadamosi told the editors in Lagos.
The chieftain of the ADP said that in the strategic area of road construction, Sanwo-Olu could achieve much more and much faster.
The ADP candidate said in the area of transport development that the governor was not doing what he should do as the average Lagosian spends seven to eight hours in traffic every day.
“The Lagos-Badagry Expressway is a shame to 20 years of civilian governance in Lagos State despite the support received from the Federal Government and partners to redevelop the road.
“It is a shame to all of us Lagosians that we allow that road to get to such a deplorable state,” he said.
He said the government of the Lagos State could afford to pay N100,000 as a minimum wage, taking into account the high cost of living in the state.
His mission, he says, is to support the incumbent government in office by pointing out how things can be done in a realistic and workable manner.
“It is not just about criticising and pointing out the flaws, it is about pointing out how well to achieve what we all want, which is good governance.
“So, we have to do whatever we can do to help the incumbent government to achieve good governance,” Gbadamosi said.
According to him, there are still a lot of green areas not being built up in the state of Lagos because there are no roads to open up these areas.
“And the reason they are not built up is that there is no road. For instance, the Lekki -Ajah axis is still largely undeveloped. There’s no road; no coastal road.
“Imagine if we put a 10-lane expressway along the coastline, the area will develop; and if you build solid infrastructure in Lagos, you make money,” he said.
He called on all stakeholders to join forces to create a stability and good governance relationship in Lagos.
“The partnership I am talking about is one where we come together to build a society for which all of us can benefit without necessarily dipping our hands into the state coffers.
“Lagos is my focus, if we can fix Lagos, the rest of the country will be playing catch up,” Gbadamosi said.