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Fashola urges Nigerians to vote out non- performing governments


Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has

urged the electorate to vote out non-performing

public office holders in 2015.

Fashola, while delivering his goodwill message at

the 15th Mike Okonkwo Annual Lecture at Onikan,

Lagos, said election time was an opportunity for

the electorate to remove non-performing office

holders and replace them and their parties with

those who would perform.

He said, “It leaves more to be desired when less

than 50 per cent registered voters vote on the day

of election. When you look at the result of our

elections, you will even struggle to see that 35 per

cent of registered voters come out to vote.

Another opportunity now beckons, it is a one in

four years opportunity.

“Election has started already because permanent

voter cards are being issued. When you pick a

coach and he does not give result, what we do is

sack the coach. When I employ a driver and he

drives me badly, what I need to do is sack him. So,

we are your servants, if you think we have not

done the job well, sack us.”

The governor said Nigerians should focus more

on ideas that could drive democracy and move

the nation forward rather than concentrating on

promulgation of laws or redrafting of the

constitution. He pointed out that if good laws

were operated by bad people, there would be no


He added, “In all the places where democracy is

practiced, it is all about ideas. What is the Nigeria

idea for ideal Nigeria? Good law will do nothing if

bad people operate them. Also, if a badly-drafted

constitution is in the hands of men and women of

goodwill, a lot of good can be achieved.

“We should ask ourselves what kind of Nigeria we

want. Our value system is the problem. What is

our sense of right and wrong?”

Earlier, the lecturer, Prof Akin Oyebode, who

spoke on ‘The Power of Your Vote’, said Nigerians

should vote out ruling parties both at the federal

and state governments’ level.

He said, “I believe that democracy would not have

come of age in this country except the people are

able to vote out the ruling governments in a free,

fair and peaceful manner just as some of our

neighbors have done.”

Oyebode said the Electoral Offences Commission

should be made to take care of those who violate

the provisions of the Electoral Act.

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