OUR DEMOCRATIC MANDATE IS AN ALL INCLUSIVE GOVERNMENT, IRRESPECTIVE OF TRIBE, RELIGION OR GENDER. CHANGE OF GOVERNMENT IN LAGOS STATE IS NOW!.
Ladies and gentlemen. I am pleased to inform you that i (Chief Taofeek Olakunle Uthman) has secured the mandate to contest the forthcoming Gubernatorial Elections in Lagos State, on the platform of the SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY (SDP). All formalities will be concluded this week in accordance with party regulations and compliance with INEC Guidelines.
The process of seeking a Change Of Baton of the Office of Governor of Lagos State, the “Centre of Excellence” has thereby commenced in ernest and your support and that of everyone is hereby solicited. Necessarily, we must immediately commence a “Rescue Mission” and reverse this ugly trend of misgovernance and maladministration.
INEVITABLE (VERIFIABLE) JUSTIFICATION FOR CHANGE.
We have noted the legion of poor performances and misgovernance in Lagos State and we are poised to provide solutions, when given the mandate of the people during the forthcoming Gubernatorial elections next year.
OBVIOUS EVIDENCES OF POOR PERFORMANCES:
It is a verifiable and undisputable fact that our dear “Centre of Excellence” is bedevilled with the following:
DIRTY & FILTHY ENVIRONMENT:
The State is very dirty, littered with filth everywhere and the environment is highly polluted and toxic.
What is referred to as Central Business District (CBD) is a Central (Slum) Business District (CSBD). A district of garbage, pile-up dirt, smelly and static traffic in an unsecured environment day-by-day.
Take a trip to CMS / Tinubu / Nnamdi Azikiwe Street / Idumota, and you will marvel on the misnomer “CBD” as you witness a cacophony and resonating admixture of noise, traffic jam, “push-me-i-push you”, polluted air in a frightfully unsecured environment.
This, of course is not “Our Lagos” where we were nurtured as youths and teenagers and through dints of hardwork, resilience and blessings from above were able to attain the pinnacle of our careers and have been successes worthy of emulation.
These stenchy, dirty and filthy environments are replicated everywhere, including our highways, the connecting roads and even in what is supposed to be residents of the middle class, in public utilities and facilities all over the state.
HOSPITALS AND PRIMARY HEALTHCARE FACILITIES:
The Lagos State Government hospitals and Medical Centres are poorly funded and there are not enough rooms or beds for admissions, not enough drugs and medication, non availability of medical facilities and personnel.
TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK AND INSECURITY: The State is riddled with traffic gridlock everywhere, especially in the metropolis and even the nooks and crannies of the State.
The Lekki / Akodo / Epe corridor, Badagry Expressway and access roads, Ikeja Central Business District, Agege and Mile 12 / Ikorodu axis, Ajamgbadi, Kemberi, Ewe-Elepe, are all bedevilled with traffic gridlock, which has resulted in insecurity of lives and properties, reign of hoodlums and palpable fear by citizens who are exposed day-by-day to menace and intimidation, especially in the late evenings and at nights.
POOR FUNDINGS OF PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS:
The public primary and secondary schools in Lagos State are poorly funded and most citizens and residents have resorted to enrolment of children and wards in private schools or better funded schools in other States of the Federal and overseas.
These privately owned schools charge astronomically high fees, which are not easily affordable, but the parents have no option but to pay.
Apparently, the Lagos State Government has ceded its primary responsibilities of itself, the local governments and the LCDAs to private enterprises. This abnormalities will be reversed.
THE LAGOS STATE UNIVERSITY (LASU), MEDDLESOMENESS BY THE GODFATHER:
The Lagos State University (LASU) has surreptitiously been converted from a Citadel of Learning into a political forum, where academic merits and performances are no longer relevant in the administration of the university.
In the recent past, the Lagos State University (LASU) has become a University where “desperate” politicians hold forte.
The godfather of Lagos State and the present Lagos State Governor and Government have teamed up and effectively converted LASU into an “Honours Institution”. Honorary degrees are awarded to politicians as a prelude to electioneering and political campaigns. These awardees did practically nothing to deserve these awards or to enhance academic excellence anywhere.
The sole motivation is to fester their political ambitions and utilise these awards as negotiation instruments in the forthcoming elections.
In actual fact, they (the godfather, Governor and Government) have succeeded in manipulating the process of appointment of LASU leadership and remotely control the affairs of LASU by installing their surrogate. This is wrong and serve as disincentive to the academic community.
The entrenchment of surrogate leadership in LASU has made it impracticable to reverse the trend and its resultant effect is impracticability to henceforth realise the dreams and aspiration of its founding forefathers.
As a citadel of learning and an educational institution, LASU, until recently was globally acclaimed as one of the best universities in West Africa, but today may be lowly placed in our own local ratings.
ABANDONED AND UNCOMPLETED PROJECTS (EVERYWHERE).
The State has become a huge construction site with myriads of abandoned projects littered everywhere, thereby making commuting impossible and traffic gridlock in most parts of the State.
A good example is the MONO-RAIL project, which has remained an illusion in 16 years of three different Governments, despite the huge amounts expended by both the Lagos State government and the World Bank.
Concomitantly, it has become apparent and crystal clear that the incumbent Governor will not actualize this project or commission it during his tenure. It is a notoriously undisputable truism that the Mono-Rail project was conceived to ameliorate and provide alternative means of transportation and mass transportation for commuters.
The Mono Rail project has since been abandoned and the priority is to seek reelection and purchase APC PARTY NOMINATION FORM at a whopping amount far more than the Governor’s Annual SALARY and EMOLUMENTS.
THE OSBORNE IKOYI / LEKKI LINK BRIDGE:
The anti-people attempt to toll intra State roads, more recently the Osborne Ikoyi / Lekki Link Bridge and harassment of citizens and media personnel on Live Television, by the Lagos State Government / Lekki Concession Company [LCC (one and the same)] had glaringly shown an autocratic, desperate and non tolerant government in Lagos State.
The sole motivation and driving force of the incumbent government is Revenue Collection and not the welfare of the people.
It is Revenue!Revenue!! Revenue!!! Truly, they care not for the welfare of the people. Private (surrogate) companies, have been appointed to collect these revenues, and the protestations of well meaning elders and citizens have been ignored.
DIVIDENDS OF DEMOCRACY.
From their tract verifiable records and performances, it is obvious and clear that the present government in Lagos State and its Governor have not, are unable and incapable of delivering on the benefits and dividends of Democratic governance.
As it were, they have provided no accountability whatsoever on the huge Revenues from IGR or Allocations from the Federal Government or its myriad of charges and taxation everywhere.
They are not transparent in expenditure and glaringly ignored demand for accountability and how hundreds of billions have been or are spent and on these projects.
In our view and accounting opinion of experts, this is wrong and what is verifiably wrong cannot be right.
COLLAPSING BUILDINGS EVERYWHERE: Lagos State in terms of its geographical space has in the recent past globally benchmark a “STATE OF COLLAPSING BUILDINGS EVERYDAY & EVERYWHERE”.
The incumbent State Governor has no clue whatsoever on how to deal decisively, reverse, stop or solve this lingering problem, which has claimed losses of hundreds of lives and damages to properties and investments worth several billions both locally and in scarce foreign currency.
The incidence of the 21 STOREY COLLAPSED BUILDING on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi has shown executive incompetence at all levels, and lack of willpower to sanction erring bureaucrats, despite the obvious facts that failure to supervise construction of buildings and implementation of the domesticated National Building Code are the major reasons for collapsing buildings in Lagos State.
We are treated to and entertained to a circus “Game of Musical Chairs”, buckpassing and legion of Committees Reports, which have not been implemented. The decision to pull down the twin tower on the 21 Storey Collapsed Building on Gerrard Road and conduct integrity tests on nearby Buildings has been nothing but an illusionary proclamation, which has become the hallmark of the present executive in Lagos State. It should no longer be business as usual.
THE WHITE PAPER #ENDSARS REPORT:
The Lagos State Government has been unable to deal in good faith with and implement the recommendations of the Hon. Justice Okuwobi Commission Report and its own White Paper in respect of the #EndSARS.
Our budding youth population have been completely neglected and ignored by non provision of jobs, unavailability of an enabling environment to work and thrive and non inclusive participation in government.
The harassment of innocent people and citizens and the we-don’t-care postures of the Lagos State Government has transparently shown that the incumbent government in Lagos State and its Governor have become synonymous with anti-people depressing policies.
The WAY FORWARD is to vote them out of office in the forthcoming elections.
MARKETS DEMOLITION & REALLOCATION TO PROXIES:
In Lagos State, markets and trading places, such as SANDGROUSE MARKET are regularly demolished and the structures abandoned to rot away. The government apparently is uncaring about the welfare of the market women and men, who earn their paltry incomes from daily sales. The government’s priority is to install IYALOJAS (children of political godfathers) who have no clues whatsoever on how to administer these markets.
If and when these markets are rebuilt, allocations are at such astronomically high costs in millions of Naira such that the initial owners are unable and cannot afford payments.
MATERIALISM & AVARICIOUS ACQUISITION OF ILL-GOTTEN WEALTH:
A small group of the political cabal and politicians have laid siege on the State’s Revenue, instal their surrogates, including wife(ves) and children in political offices as high as the Senate, coverted the State’s Revenue for personal gains and have become the benchmark of materialism and avaricious acquisition of ill-gotten wealth.
This is unjustifiable, wrong, unfair, undemocratic and an abuse of public office. The essence of seeking office necessarily ought to be service and not amassing wealth at the expense of the people. This ignoble trend must be halted and henceforth priority must be service to the people and transparency in governance.
WHERE THERE IS LIFE THERE IS HOPE & SELFLESS SERVICE:
The motto of my public primary school in Ikoyi is: “Where there is life, there is Hope”. I believe and live this prophetic admonition. In consonance, the motto of my secondary school is: Non Sibi Sed Alis, which when translated from Latin into English means: [Not for us, but for others. (Selfless Service)]. I live the motto of this primary school and admonition of my Faith-based Christian Secondary School. In addition, i was brought up by my parents (now deceased) to live a simple life and spartan lifestyle, devoid of corruption, greed and avaricious acquisition of ill-gotten wealth.
VOTE FOR A TRANSPARENT AND ALL INCLUSIVE GOVERNMENT IN LAGOS STATE.
The forthcoming Gubernatorial Elections in Lagos State will be a veritable opportunity that a “Real (Change)” will be made through the Democratic process of the franchise. All efforts must be made to position our dear Lagos State as a “land of milk and honey” where all citizens, irrespective of Tribe and Religion can thrive and attain maximum potentials in a friendly and non discriminatory purpose-driven environment.
The present multi taxation policies, numerous charges, payments by the present government in Lagos State is wrong and unfair to residents in a country where people are scrounging for survival and to feed
There is urgent need to provide employment and empowerment of our budding and progressive youth population.
We can no longer allow the reign of hoodlums and touts who tyrannise our lives in our motor parks and streets. This is wrong, condembable and must be resisted. It should no longer be business as usual.
It is relevant to emphasise that the present government in Lagos State and indeed the Governor have given legal authorisation to the “Reign Of Terror” in the State by appointment of a Gang leader into office to supervise motor parks. This is the where we are now. Sad!
Our beloved State has become by global indices one of the DIRTIEST CITIES IN THE WORLD. We must reverse this trend and ensure a clean, liveable and non toxic environment. The task is all encompassing and we must all, as stakeholders play our parts, individually and collectively.
Ours is a Rescue Mission to reverse these ugly, abominable and repulsive state of affairs. There are many more bedevilling issues, which we will highlight in due course once we commence the electioneering campaign.
We promise to offer to Lagosians a Masterplan and Manifesto, which will constitute our Social Contract with the people. Our team, has well tested
technocrats, professionals, youths, business men and women, traders and artisans determined to reverse these ugly trends of incompetence, misgovernance and maladministration.
Our Mission will be a government of the people, for the people and by the people in the practical sense and all inclusive of our youths and women, participating actively in our government.
Be assured that there will be no discrimination on the basis of tribe or religion or gender in our own government.
MASS SUPPORT AND PARTICIPATION:
As we proceed in our electioneering campaign and embark on this journey of SALVATION, we solicit the unwavering support of EVERYONE and protection and SAFETY of our LIVES and PROPERTIES.
Ours is a passionate appeal to all voters in Lagos State: Collect, Secure and Protect your PVCs. Get ready to cast your votes 🗳 for a Rebirth, Regeneration, Reawakening and Realistic [4RS] purpose-driven government in Lagos State.
Vote for CHIEF TAOFEEK OLAKUNLE UTHMAN, the man determined to deliver to Lagos State good, transparent and accountable government. He is Honest, Hardworking,
Global Network with
Dedicated team that is poised and determined to reverse the tide of misgovernance, which is possible as we all board the VESSEL Of CHANGE.
VOTE 🗳 FOR THE SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY 🐎 (SDP).
SDP! SDP!! SDP!!! Progress And Power To The People!!!
Chief Kunle Uthman,
(Barrister and Solicitor),