‘Special status for Lagos, others will determine guber poll’
Former All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Lagos State Tokunbo Wahab has said Lagos is a peculiar state and that the factors that will define which political party wins next Saturday’s governorship election would be different from those that would determine how the poll would be won in the remaining 35 states in the federation.
In an interview with The Guardian at the weekend, Wahab, a lawyer, said among others, that the issue of a special status for the state which in his view “is legitimate and lawful but which the state has been denied since the 16 years of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) being in power, would certainly come as an issue in the mind of any true Lagosians or residents.”
While lamenting that for all the years of the PDP government in Abuja, the party made no conscious efforts to ensure that the Federal Government fulfills its pledge to accord Lagos a special status with a special financial allocation when it decided in 1976 to move the country’s capital city to Abuja.
According to him, the state and the people of Lagos had been denied the special status because the party governing the state had not been in the centre in Abuja.
The lawyer was of the view that “next Saturday’s governorship election, for the first time, offers the electorate in the state who are genuinely desirous of achieving the special status for the state, the opportunity to vote for the APC, the in-coming ruling party in Abuja, which would be more inclined to redeeming the pledge made by the Federal Government many years ago”.
The APC chieftain was also of the view that the issue of Apapa, which houses the nation’s largest sea port and her highest sources of revenue after petroleum but which curiously had been abandoned over the years, would be an election matter that would resonate in the mind of voters in next Saturday’s poll.
The former aspirant also said it would naturally be in line with the policy of the in-coming APC administration in Abuja to be well disposed to rehabilitating the famous Murtala Mohammed International Airport road; the country’s main gate-way to the international community.