The National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, on Friday, blamed poor leadership abilities for the decision not to support Akinwumi Ambode for a second term as Lagos State Governor.
The former Governor of Lagos State said Ambode’s administration was leading Lagos State in the wrong direction and couldn’t be allowed to continue that way as he was heading in the wrong direction.
However, in 2017, the APC chieftain commended Ambode for his leadership in the state and described him as a governor who was doing his best.
Tinubu had said at the rate Ambode went, Lagos would soon compete at the international level.
He had said, “Akinwunmi Ambode has reflected that clearly here today. I want to say thank you because the experience is a great teacher and I am experienced. I am on the spot and I have watched things in Lagos since my tenure ended. I was worried hell when you (Ambode) took over, not about your credibility, character or capacity, but because however wise or smart a man is, if there are no resources to back the ideas, production would be zero, progress would be zero. When you (Ambode) took over, I know you inherited a burden of debt. The debt profile of Lagos was high, I was wondering how you will reengineer and face the challenges to make progress.”
“Today, I can see your report card, you have scored well, and you have shown prudency especially in the judicious use of resources of the State. You didn’t disappoint us. Ambode is silently achieving, meticulously planning, religiously executing and brilliantly giving results for Lagos State.”
“All over Lagos, we are seeing the results. At Oshodi, on our way down here, you can see what is happening there, that place is a construction site. It used to be a den of robbers but what is going on there now is developmental activities for the benefit of the entire country.”
“Ambode is very quiet, very peaceful, not a noisemaker, but he is delivering on the job. This is a great opportunity for me to be very proud again. Therefore, if we can continue in this direction of infrastructural development in the manner Governor Ambode is moving, Lagos will soon match international states or country anywhere in the world.”