Friday, 30 March 2018

Lagos Inhabitants, Opposition Frown As Buhari Visits Lagos



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Lagos Inhabitants and Nigeria’s leading opposition Peoples Democratic Party had in separate submission frowns at various areas of concerns essentially on how traffic gridlock has affected them at different locations in Lagos metropolis, whilst the opposition party put theirs as enthronement of incompetence, divisive nepotistic and inherently corrupt administration in a display as president Buhari visits Lagos.


Some Lagos inhabitants who spoke with urban express-news online shows disappointment over the way security operatives handled the situation, keeping them helpless by blocking most of the routes to their workplaces.
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Many said they left their homes as early as 3:00 a.m. to beat the roadblocks mounted by security operatives, but they were not successful as early as that time. When urban express-news online visited  Ikeja and Oshodi along the road, a large crowd of people were seen trekking and sweating profusely as only a few commercial vehicles operated. They rained abuses on the state government on the way the Buhari’s visit negatively affected them.

The few commercial buses that operated yesterday increased transportation fare by over 100 percent. For instance, buses going to ‘Ikeja Along’ from Oshodi charged N200, instead of the usual N100. The commercial drivers defended the fare increase, saying they had to drive through the streets of Ladipo to connect to PWD Bus Stop.
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Our reporter who boarded a bus to Ikeja noticed that all the passengers spoke angrily on the stress they went through to get to their destinations. A mother cuddling a crying baby described the visit as a huge burden to Lagosians. “Why should the visit to Lagos be different from that of other states? It is we the poor masses that are suffering it because of the terminal
Also, in a statement by PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan yesterday, the party advised Tinubu not to allow himself to be used a second time as he still bears a gross part of the blame.
“Tinubu’s Speech at his colloquium, rather than being a damage of the PDP, ended up amplifying an admittance of the failure of Buhari’s and the APC Administration”.
The PDP said it “watched with amusement as Tinubu struggled with words to appease President Buhari and give him assurances that he can win a second term election in the face of mass failure both in governance and in their discredited, rejected and troubled platform.“It was a direct admittance of failure and indictment on President Buhari’s administration, when Tinubu pointedly told the president that the ship of the nation, under his (Buhari’s) watch, still needs to be rescued, almost three years down the line.“It is tragic that Tinubu had to tutor his visitor, who had no policy direction since his election in 2015, by engaging in a revision of the programmes and policies of the PDP, such as the leasing system, the mortgage and pension schemes which boosted the economy and directly impacted on the lives of Nigerians.”
AT the 10th colloquium, marking the 66th birthday anniversary of All Progressives Congress (APC) Leader, Bola Tinubu, President Buhari joined other leaders and well-wishers, including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and Ambode, to extol the political dexterity of the former Lagos State governor.
Leaders of the APC used the occasion to praise Ambode and to sustain attacks on other political parties, especially the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the inchoate third force being promoted by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Dignitaries on the occasion included Governors Abdualfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Ibikunle Amosu (Ogun), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo); Godwin Obaseki (Edo); Rochas Okorocha (Imo); Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna) and senators Barnabas Gemade, Ben Bruce, Andy Uba and Borofice. Also at the event were former governors Segun Osoba; Adebayo Alao Akala and the Oba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu.
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In his remarks, President Buhari, who stepped into the Eko Convention Centre, venue of the event at 11: 25 a.m., described Tinubu as a widely known political strategist. “He set himself apart, cares about people, we appreciate his contributions in Nigeria.” Earlier, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo told the audience that he was proud to have garnered experience in public service under the guidance of Tinubu. “It was during that period the foundation of development currently ongoing in Lagos was laid.”

The vice president, who presented a paper titled “Linking the Philosophy To Governance and Commitment”, described Tinubu as a “fighter and a champion of people-oriented courses”.In his welcome address, Governor Ambode, lauded the Tinubu years, remarking that the period spanning 1999 to 2007 exposed the depth of his governance capacity, which has over the years sustained his relevance in the nation’s polity.

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