2019: Arewa youths back Akiolu over Ambode’s second term
By Razaq Bamidele
AS the Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode celebrates two years in office, Arewa youths resident in the state have declared their support for the Lagos monarch, Oba Rilwan Akiolu on his assertion that there is no vacancy in the Alausa State House in 2019.
Oba Akiolu, at a recent event in Lagos advised anybody nursing governorship ambition in the state in 2019 to bury the thought asserting that, “Ambode and his deputy, Oluranti Adebule, will govern Lagos state for the next six years.”
The monarch premised his submission on what he described as, “Ambode’s stellar performance in less than two years in office,” adding that, “that is enough to merit a second term in office and fielding anyone against the pair would be a money-wasting venture.”
Speaking in the same vein, the youth, under the umbrella of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), stated that, “the passion, determination and dedication Ambode exhibits in carrying out his people oriented programmes are testimonial that he is the man for the job in the next six years.”
The youth, who spoke through their President, Mallam Yerima Usman Shettima said, “if truly the people of Lagos State desire a mega city where everybody will feel as real human being, we should all support this workaholic and political dynamite of our time in his determination to take the state to the next enviable level.”
Although Yerima admitted that there must be pains before gains, he however pointed out that, “there is no area of human and physical development that caused temporary pains that has not resulted in permanent joy for the people,” citing Abule Egba and Ajah fly over bridges as well as other projects across the state as example.
He urged the governor to carry the leadership of the Arewa Community in Lagos along in his programmes saying, “we want to be more involved so as to have a sense of belonging.