Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN has called on Lagosians to play by the rules when they go out to elect the next set of leaders to direct the affairs of the country.
The Governor who spoke at the All Progressives Congress (APC) rally in Shomolu enjoined the citizens to be law abiding, reasonable and peaceful so that they could contribute reasonably to the process of changing the country for the better.
He enjoined the people to vote en-masse and elect credible leaders in the Saturday election which, he said, would usher in a new Nigeria, calling on them to stay behind and defend their votes after the election.
He advised all voters to be calm and comport themselves peacefully on voting date and also ensure that they did not canvass for votes at the polling booth.
He explained that the Electoral Law also states that once voting has been completed, the votes must be collated, counted and the result of each voting unit announced and that the result must be pasted at the polling unit.
The Governor also urged all prospective voters including artisans like carpenters, mechanics who by virtue of their trade are exposed to the usage of items like gum, glue and turpentine to wash their hands with soap on the election date before going out to vote so that there would be no issues with their screening by card readers.
He also urged them to invite their neighbours to come along as they proceed to the polling booths on Saturday whilst also ensuring that they take light refreshment and water along to the polling booth as it may be an all day long affair.
He enjoined that everyone including the spouses of military men should also be invited on election date to come andnd vote out an inept administration as they have also been affected by the mismanaged economy of Nigeria.
He urged all registered voters to come out en masse on March 28 and vote for General Muhammadu Buhari and all the National Assembly candidates of the APC who would assist the incoming President to make good laws.
He congratulated the youths of the nation for the rare opportunity knocking at their doors after 55 years of Independence of Nigeria to be able to effect a change in the leadership of the country, saying they should grab it with both hands.
The Governor who berated some Yorubas who have been collecting huge sums of money from the agents of the ruling party at the centre said they should all have a rethink because what they are doing amounts to a disservice to the Yoruba nation.
He stated that he would not use the occasion to highlight the several projects that the state government has embarked upon in Shomolu but that if the residents of the area want a continuation of the beautiful programmes of the present administration, they should vote massively to elect Mr Akinwunmi Ambode as the next Governor.
He stated that in deciding if indeed Nigeria needs a change of government at the centre, part of the question that young Nigerians must ask themselves is if they have ever gone through one month of uninterrupted power supply or if they have ever experienced a year without fuel scarcity.
He added that if the answers are not in the affirmative, then it follows that this is the golden opportunity for Nigerians to vote out the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the centre and all the states where they currently hold sway so that Nigeria can change for the better.
Speaking earlier, the APC gubernatorial candidate, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode said he understands the dynamics of Lagos more than his opponent from the main opposition party who does not understand what is happening in all parts of the state except his residential axis.
He reiterated his promise to create an Employment Trust Fund which would make available N1 billion every year to each of the six divisions to provide loans for the army of unemployed youths in the state, thereby taking them off the streets.
He also promised to introduce a small scale medium term entrepreneur credit guarantee scheme that would enable young graduates to access loans without having to approach commercial banks that would demand collaterals from them.
Ambode urged all eligible voters in the state to turn out en masse on Saturday with their PVCs to cast their votes for the APC, advising them not to fight or allow themselves to be provoked into a row, stating that the PVC is their power and must be used well to effect the desired change in Nigeria.
The rally which was attended by a large crowd of party leaders and supporters also featured the handing over of the APC flags by the state Chairman of the party, Otunba Henry Ajomale to the candidates of the party like Senator Gbenga Ashafa for Lagos East Senatorial District; Hon Wole Diya for the Shomolu Federal Constituency; Hon Lateef Abiru and Hon Rotimi Olowo for Shomolu Constituencies 1 and 2.
Prominent among those who attended the rally were the deputy governorship candidate, Dr (Mrs) Ranti Adebule; her husband, Mr Saheed Adebule; and Senator Anthony Adefuye and other party leaders.