The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has opened up on his reactions when Akinwunmi Ambode, took over the affairs of Nigeria’s commercial city, Lagos state.
While speaking while commissioning network of roads, link bridge and health centre in the Alimosho area of Lagos state, Bola Tinubu, said he was worried when Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, took over the mantle of leadership, but his “sterling performance” in the last 22 months has made him proud.
The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who just marked his 65th birthday, described Ambode as not only a thinker but a doer, adding that the governor had been delivering on the promises made to the people.
“I want to say thank you because experience is a great teacher and I am experienced. I am on the spot and I have watched things in Lagos since my tenure ended,” he said.
“I was worried hell when you (Ambode) took over, not because of your credibility, character or capacity, but because however wise or smart a man is, if there is no resources to back the ideas, production would be zero, progress would be zero.
“When you (Ambode) took over, I know you inherited a burden of debt. The debt profile of Lagos was high, I was wondering how you will reengineer and face the challenges to make progress.
“Today, I can see your report card, you have scored well, and you have shown prudency especially in the judicious use of resources of the state.
“You didn’t disappoint us. Ambode is silently achieving, meticulously planning, religiously executing and brilliantly giving results for Lagos State,” the former Lagos governor said.
Tinubu said all over Lagos, the results of good governance was being felt by the people, and wished Ambode sound health and wisdom to continue to lead the state.
“All over Lagos, we are seeing the results. At Oshodi, on our way down here, you can see what is happening there, that place is a construction site. It used to be a den of robbers but what is going on there now is developmental activities for the benefit of the entire country,” he said.
“Ambode is very quiet, very peaceful, not a noise maker, but he is delivering on the job.
“Today, you (Ambode) have given me a good birthday present. This is a great opportunity for me to be very proud again. Therefore, if we can continue in this direction of infrastructural development in the manner Governor Ambode is moving, Lagos will soon match international states or country anywhere in the world.”