Hon Hakeem Bamgbola is the Vice Chairman Lagos Central Senatorial District of the All Progressives Congress (APC). On this interview with TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI, the previous State Secretary of the occasion speaks on developments in Lagos State and different problems with nationwide pursuits. Excerpts:
The governor- elect of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu can be sworn-in in few days’ time. What are your expectations from him?
The expectations from our occasion members and Lagosians as an entire is that we would like developments that can take the financial system of Lagos state to the subsequent degree. Everyone knows that it’s the third largest financial system in Africa. I consider that with the approaching on board of Sanwo-Olu, Lagos may attain the highest spot within the financial system of Africa. There are many expectations in all sectors as a result of what I take into account as precedence is probably not the factor that issues to you. Nonetheless all people needs a state that’s secured, cleaner and economically viable. I do know that Sanwo-Olu will ship on all the guarantees he has made. I’ll attraction to Lagosians to offer him their cooperation in order that he can carry out to the expectations of all.
￼Governor Nasir El- Rufai of Kaduna lately got here to Lagos and stated there’s must retire political godfathers in Lagos. What’s your tackle that?
I don’t know what number of godfathers he has retired in Kaduna as a result of he by no means talked about their names. He solely stated that he has retired all of the godfathers in Kaduna state. We all know that Lagos is a peculiar state and we’ve got the management that guides us which has been there for us for a very long time. I’ll solely say El- Rufai is enjoying to the gallery. He can’t do something in regards to the management in Lagos state and we nonetheless consider within the management of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as our father and chief in APC, who, as governor from 1999 to 2007 laid the muse for the Lagos of at present.
Why do you suppose it has been troublesome for the opposition Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP) to win the governorship election in Lagos since 1999?
It’s due to the management of Asiwaju Tinubu. He’s chief that embraces everybody. He’s a person with a big coronary heart. Irrespective of your gravity of sin, when you find yourself remorseful and also you come again to him, he forgives simply and he’ll even provide you with a larger position to play within the occasion. I can cite a number of examples previously and current to again up this. In truth, a few of our members who angrily decamped to PDP, having realised that they’re in political wilderness in PDP, they got here again to APC and at present, they’re nonetheless enjoying key roles within the occasion. Additionally, he doesn’t take unilateral resolution. If there are critical points within the occasion that must be addressed, Asiwaju will desk it earlier than the Governors Advisory Council (GAC). He’s additionally accessible to all people, regardless of your place within the occasion. He’s a frontrunner who is stuffed with empathy and can inconvenience himself to make others comfy. That is among the issues that distinguish Asiwaju Tinubu from different leaders within the nation. That’s the reason we’re like a united household in APC and we’ve got all the time recorded resounding victories within the governorship and different elections carried out from 1999 until date.
What are your expectations from President Buhari as he will even start his second time period in few days’ time?
My attraction to the President is that we have to do extra. He did nicely in his first time period and that’s the reason respect Nigerians renewed his mandate however he can nonetheless do extra. I’m glad the theme of his second time period is ‘Subsequent Degree’ whereby he has promised to consolidate on the features recorded in his first time period. Additionally, he wants to enhance on the financial system. If we’re honest, the financial system will not be that steady for now. On his cupboard, these he can be bringing on board now have to be individuals of imaginative and prescient who consider in his agenda and are able to make sacrifices to make sure all of the targets are met.
Such as you stated, it’s nonetheless speculations however the basic perception amongst Nigerians is that based mostly on his data in Lagos State, if we will have somebody like Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as President, Nigeria will profit quite a bit from his management. Individuals know him as visionary chief, a extremely detribalised Nigerian who has a large community throughout the nation. In addition they know that he’s a frontrunner who has a knack for figuring out abilities and in addition believes in grooming new set of leaders a lot of whom are holding key positions within the nation at present. We’re hopeful that in 2023, the presidency can be zoned to the South- West and if he signifies curiosity in contesting, I’m hopeful that everywhere in the nation, Nigerians will troop out to elect Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as president of this nation.