Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (right), Lagos State APC Governorship aspirant and his running mate, Mr. Obafemi Hamzat (left)
The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and his running mate, Obafemi Hamzat, have said the push for the realisation of special status for Lagos is non-negotiable.
They opined that, they would support restructuring that would grant financial autonomy to Lagos as a former federal capital of Nigeria and economic nerve center of the country.
Mr Sanwo-Olu said Lagos remains the highest source of non-oil revenue accruing to the Federal Government, pointing out that it was time for the state to earn its fair share of the revenue generated within its jurisdiction.
The APC candidate and his running mate spoke at Friends’ Club, an elite social group whose members are senior citizens and professionals. The club members posed various questions to the candidates.
Mr Sanwo-Olu used the opportunity to explain the cardinal programmes in his policy agenda to members of the club, giving details on how he would improve the fortunes of the state through his five cardinal programmes with the acronym “THEME”.
He said: “We will develop effective implementation model for all the programmes mapped out in our manifesto. If the implementation goes according to our planning, we would not only make Lagos a truly growing 21st century economy, we will take the state to a height that will be a reference point.”
According to Mr Hamzat, “The state has brought up various infrastructural projects to address the challenges that came with growing population. All of us, irrespective of our political colouration must ask for restructuring of this country. If Lagos can operate within a restructured Nigeria, the state would do better than what is presently being done.”
The club president, David Majekodunmi, in his words, described the APC candidates’ presentation as “brilliant”, making it clear that the meeting was necessitated by the need to engage them of their programmes for the state. He said the club is non-partisan, stressing that other political parties’ candidates would also be invited for discussion.
Other members of the club present included the lawmaker representing Lagos East in the Senate, Gbenga Ashafa; Lagos Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola; and APC chieftain, Mutiu Are, among others. Eko oni baje oo