Ahead of the 11 March governorship election in Lagos State, Mr Gboyega Akosile, the Chief Press Secretary to the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday declared that there is no opposition in the state.
He said those contesting against Sanwo-Olu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, are “comedians, jesters, and boys who just want people to notice them”.
During Television Continental News Breakfast live programme on “2023 General Election, Focus on Lagos State Politics”, Akosile said that Sanwo-Olu’s image has gotten to a stage that international bodies are struggling to have him for talks, and therefore the governor cannot “debate on the same podium with people who don’t care about the lives of Lagosians”.
Akosile who was a guest on the programme, anchored by Mike Okwoche and Veronica Dan-Ikpoyi, also took a swipe at a governorship candidate for unleashing terror on the citizens of Lagos State.
He said: “I don’t see opposition in Lagos. Unfortunately, I just see some jesters. I see some comedians. I see some boys who just want people to notice them.
“Somebody asked me in a WhatsApp group why the governor didn’t go for a debate. I said ‘which debate’? To debate with who’?
“Apart from the fact that the state government decided against that (the debate), because some guys who jumped from APC to PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) feel that the best way to get into media reckoning is by unleashing terror on the citizens of Lagos State; that is not the kind of character that we want to sit down with. That is not the kind of person that we want to debate with.
“Governor Sanwo-Olu’s image has gotten to a stage where international bodies are struggling to have him for talks. So, why will he debate on the same podium with people who don’t care about the lives of Lagosians?
“I saw a video where people carry guns in broad daylight. We say, No. This is not the kind of politics that we want to play. So, there is no opposition.
“I know there is another young man, who speaks very good English. He has a gift of oratory, but maybe that one can start from a local government. Give him a supervisor”, he said.
Akosile, who rolled out some of the landmark achievements and iconic projects delivered by the Sanwo-Olu-led administration based on the T.H.E.M.E.S development agenda for Greater Lagos, said that Sanwo-Olu deserved a second term having delivered his campaign promises to Lagos residents and with further assurance to do more if re-elected.
T.H.E.M.E.S, the developmental agenda for Greater Lagos, represents the six-pillar development plan of the Sanwo-Olu administration. It stands for Traffic Management and Transportation; Health and Environment; Education and Technology; Making Lagos a 21st Century Economy; Entertainment and Tourism; and Security and Governance.He said one of the rare qualities possessed by Governor Sanwo-Olu is his penchant for keeping promises.
“He (Sanwo-Olu) told us that his government would continue with projects he met on the ground and that’s exactly what he has done”, Akosile said.