Anambra poll: Fashola, Tinubu drum up support for Ngige


As the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the November 16 governorship election in Anambra State, Dr Chris Ngige, kicked off his campaigns, Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola (SAN) and National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, have called on the people of Anambra to vote for Ngige.
They said Ngige is the most experienced of all the candidates being fielded by political parties for the position.
Speaking at a fund-raising dinner organised by APC in Lagos, Fashola said out of all those who have offered themselves for the governorship of the state, Ngige is the most experienced man for the job, adding that experience is key to the business of governance.

Fashola told the gathering of prominent Igbo businessmen and women at the Lagos House, Marina, venue of the event, “Experience is very key in this business. So, if you support him things will happen quickly because he has held that office before and that is experience. He has Federal Civil Service structure experience. He served as a Director in the Federal Civil Service. The driver of government is the public service. That is experience.”

“No government will survive or succeed without parliamentary support. Dr. Ngige is now a Senator so he has also had the experience of the other side so he knows what it means, especially serving as an opposition Senator, to reach across the axles to do things and to get the government going,” he said.

Citing his experience on becoming elected governor in 2007 to emphasise the importance of experience, Fashola said because he was in government of the state for four years as Chief of Staff to his immediate predecessor, Tinubu, assuming duties as governor was not stressful because he already had the experience of office modalities.
“When people ask, what is the secret here? I say I was in government, in the Governor’s Office for four years. It was a quick platform from which to take off. That is experience. So on day one, I knew what to do with the file. That is what is on offer for you to choose in this election.”

On the insinuation that the APC was alien to the South Eastern people, Fashola said the important thing was not the name of the party but what it stood for and has in stock in terms of development programmes for the people, adding that the APC stands for rapid development and for change.

“Our candidate has alluded to the fact that some are saying this is not your party. My question first is to ask you, are you happy with the APGA government in the state now? My own take is that even shoes when they get worn out they are changed. Our candidate has made his point clear by saying he brings to you a message of goodwill that calls for development that calls for change and for me, that is the message from our party – the APC,” he said.


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