Ambode, Fashola These guys should grow up, Lagos doesn't need Wike-Ameachi politics

The 'prime minister' and the state governor are obviously not in good terms over issues best known to them.

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Babatunde  Fashola and Akinwunmi Ambode play

Babatunde  Fashola and Akinwunmi Ambode

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The recent accusations between Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode and his predecessor, Babatunde Fashola have helped us to know that both men have not been having conversations since May 29, 2015.

When did things go awry between the Lagos big brothers?  

The 'prime minister' and the state governor are obviously not in good terms over issues best known to them, and failure to  promptly address the conflict could make Lagos go the Rivers' way.

The two graduates of Bourdillon School of Politics have been nursing subtle resentment towards each other since God knows when and Wike-Ameachi kind of relationship is trying to play out.

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The governor of Lagos state, Akinwunmi Ambode recently accused his predecessor, who is now the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola of frustrating efforts to carry out a "total reconstruction of the International Airport Road" from Oshodi.

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos  State play

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos  State



The governor also accused the minister of preventing proper handing over of the Presidential Lodge in Marina as directed by the president.

But before the accusations could settle in the minds of the public, Fashola promptly denied and dismissed the allegations urging the public to disregard the "deliberate or inadvertent mis-statements" of the Lagos governor in a statement released by his spokesperson, Hakeem Bello.

The ex-governor then went on to explain that his Ministry had presented a memorandum conveying the request of Lagos state to the Federal Executive Council about the road in question.

He said " Due to the fact that two of the roads also connect Ogun State, the Federal Executive Council could not reach an immediate decision on them because it requested the input of the other State Government affected."

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola play

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola

(premium Times)


On the Presidential Lodge in Marina, Fashola also cleared the air that the facility is under the management of the presidency and not his Ministry.

This obviously is not the disagreement that ignited the accusations and counter-accusations. There is more to their ill-feelings as Fashola's response to the accusations revealed that the two men have not had telephone conversations for almost two years.

For governance’ sake, who'll believe Ambode and Fashola have not been having conversations on how to move Lagos forward for 22 months ? Lagosians hope this egocentric battle would not sell the state down the rivers like Wike and Ameachi are doing to their state.

You'll agree that the worst form of relationship between a successor and a predecessor among the present crop of politicians in the country is what the governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike and his predecessor, Rotimi Ameachi, who is now the minister of transportation have displayed.

Nyesom Wike and Rotimi Ameachi play

Nyesom Wike and Rotimi Ameachi



The Wike-Ameachi political rivalry is not a cheeky fight aimed at scoring political points, it is a real and dangerous animosity that has only helped to place River state in a precarious position as the two are bent on conquering each other.

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But a state that prides itself as progressive does not deserve to be slowed down by the grudges between Ambode and Fashola to derail its progress. These guys must grow up and serve the people, not their egos.

Whatever scores they have to settle should not be tampered with governance. After all, they are not in public office to display political might, and if their seemingly fractured relationship is going to stand in the way of governance, the governor and the minister should keep their egocentric battle to themselves. No one wants to hear about it.

Lagos does not care to know whether Ambode resigned voluntarily or Fashola sacked him. Lagos does not need to know if Ambode on becoming the governor of the state truly dismissed Fashola relatives to pay the minister back in his own coin.

All the people of the state care about is the benefits the leadership of Fashola and Ambode at the federal and state level respectively would bring to Lagos, since this is the first time the state aligns with the centre.

Babatunde Fashola and Akinwunmi Ambode play

Babatunde Fashola and Akinwunmi Ambode

(Joseph Seun's Blog)


The fact is, in the end, Fashola and Ambode would be judged by what Lagos gains from them and not how they were able to deal with each other.

So, guys here is a piece of advice for you. Swallow your pride and bury the hatchet. Let not your ego be the clog in the wheel of progress. Place a call to each other and give a genuine hug. Lagos needs your performance not your grudges.


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