Some Lagos lawmakers on Monday congratulated the governors-elect of Bayelsa and Kogi, describing the emergence of the two APC candidates as an indication of the party’s acceptability in both states.
Akelicious reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday declared Yahaya Bello and David Lyon as winners of last Saturday’s governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states.
Mr Bisi Yusuff, lawmaker, representing Alimosho Constituency I at the Lagos State House of Assembly, said in Lagos that their victories were steps in the right direction for the APC.
“This is because whenever we as APC see our shortcomings, we quickly rectify it.
“Where you see that you are going wrong, quickly withdraw yourself and move to the right path and that is what you have seen at the Kogi election,” Yusuff told Akelicious.
The lawmaker said that it was imperative for political office holders to know that they were in offices to serve the people.
He advised Gov. Bello to reconsider his approach to governance by giving priority to the needs of the people and residents of the state at all times.
The lawmaker said the electorate was becoming more politically aware, making it incumbent on politicians to desist from treating them as lepers before, during and after elections.
Another Lagos lawmaker, Mr Tunde Braimoh, congratulated Bayelsans for liberating themselves at the Nov. 16 governorship election.
Braimoh, representing Kosofe Constituency II, described APC’s victory as the simplest way of epitomising a truly functional and unfettered democracy in the state.
“Congratulations to Balyesans, the party and the country as democracy is further entrenched. Democracy, simply put, is the manifestation or expression of the people’s will.
“At periodic intervals, holders of political offices return to the people for an appraisal of their stewardship and obtain a renewal or a refusal of their mandate,” he said.
The lawmaker noted that the transition of power from an incumbent political party to another was the hallmark of democracy.
According to him, “the maladministration, malfeasance and mismanagement that have characterised the public affairs of the oil rich state since the return of democratic rule in 1999 are better imagined.
“It is unfortunate that the poor Bayelsans have been subjected to undue deprivation, oppression, want, hunger, poverty, disease and ignorance.
“As the basic needs of the people are being subsumed and sacrificed for the opulence and ostentatious lifestyles of the ruling class,” the lawmaker said.
Braimaoh said with this well-deserved victory therefore, the APC was expected to proceed to work immediately.
He said the party would leave no stone unturned towards retooling, re-engineering and rejigging the ineffectual state economic and security apparatus.
Braimoh said the Governor-elect would grant immediate relief to the Balyesans thereby engendering hope for the people.