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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