THOSE taking the magnanimity of the Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for weakness are not only missing the point but mischievous, the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said.
The party alleged that some fifth columnists and agent provocateur have taken to the social media to smear the person of the governor, who they accused of being slow in dealing with the myriads of problems in the Centre of Excellence.
In a statement at the weekend by its spokesman, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, the APC said the governor would rather think before acting and not the other way round as being envisaged by the detractors, who have no honour to disclose their identities in their social media criticisms.
Ambode, the party said, has not only been working to uphold the legacies bequeathed to him, but striving to add values in tandem with the progressives’ tradition in Nigeria’s economic hub in the past 16 years.
It urged fore-sighted political leaders and well-meaning individuals to join hands with the governor in his effort to making Lagos a liveable place for its teeming residents in terms of free traffic flow, environmental aesthetics and crime fighting.
The statement reads: “Contrary to the syndicated attack against the governor, it is apt to state that the governor is working very hard to not only build on the noble legacies he met but also add greater values to leadership in line with the progressive tradition in Lagos for the past 16 years.
“The governor is responding to the upsurge of crimes in recent times by not only increasing the capacity of the security agencies but also extending the mop-up of criminals in various parts of d state.
“It is of note that the governor has ordered the purchase of more helicopters to increase air surveillance that is critical in combating crimes in Lagos. His efforts are yielding fruits with recent security rout of criminals in various dark spots of d state. It will get better in the coming days.”
On the traffic situation, the APC said the governor did no wrong by directing traffic wardens to give a human face to the enforcement of traffic rules and regulations in the state.
It described as unfortunate that motorist took undue advantage of the magnanimity to flout traffic rules with impunity.
According to the APC, the law establishing the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) was to make enforcement corrective and not punitive as been advocated by the social media critics.
It said: “The governor is mindful of the deliberate abuse of his directive that traffic rules be relaxed to wear a human face. He is aware that his directive that motorists be given light punishment is being abused by both motorists and enforcers to create chaos traffic situations in the state.
“He is aware that road users are abusing his magnanimity and is presently working on strict enforcement of traffic rules without jeopardising the human face directive he gave to traffic managers. The governor is sanitising the traffic control agency to ensure sanity returns to Lagos roads. All these efforts are gradually yielding fruits.
“Gov Ambode is frantically opening up rural roads and this has not only extended the frontiers of the Lagos mega city but brought the hitherto neglected rural communities to the urban hub. This can be attested to by the residents of these areas.
“The governor has his hands firmly in the plough and he is committed to the dream of taking Lagos to new frontiers, despite the gloomy economic prospects in the country. He has not lowered the high standards of governance in Lagos notwithstanding the antics of his political foes and he is building on the rich legacy he inherited.”
On the need for all to rally round the governor to making Lagos a better place to live in the party advised: “Leaders hands are always heavy and Governor Ambode needs the support and encouragement of every Lagosian irrespective of tribe and ethno-cultural backgrounds to do his job. Lagos has carried the burden of bad and irresponsible leadership at the center in the past 16 years and the huge human and vehicular traffic in Lagos today is part of the bigger responsibility and challenge to anybody privileged to be the governor of a state like Lagos.”