Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has revealed where the real fight lies between the presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and that of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar, respectively.
According to the Governor, the whole battle lies in the fact that corruption is fighting back.
He said the PDP wants to stop the fight against corruption by all means by trying to reclaim power in 2019.
Ambode, who spoke with reporters shortly after the peace meeting held with aggrieved aspirants of the ruling APC in Marina Lagos, said this was the crux of the 2019 presidential election.
He said, “You see, everybody is very clear about what is going on. In any environment, when you put up a crusade that you want to fight corruption, it’s very clear that corruption will always fight back.
“The fundamental reform about the way we do things is the underbelly for this anti-corruption drive.
“The way we do things in this country, they are not the right way that could lead us to prosperity and President Buhari on his own decided that he would champion this crusade irrespective of how corruption will fight back.
“But again, when you have had 16 years of corruption and we’ve just only had three and half years of reversing it, the way they are fighting back is trying to take government from him so that we can go back to our old ways of putting this country in penury, that is the crux of this election; the real fight in this election is that, do we want to reverse the anti-corruption drive so that we do things the same useless way that we used to do it and then the economy is not growing or we want to continue our crusade to make sure that the way and manner we do things are the appropriate way that makes us accountable to our people and that’s what this APC government is about and that’s what the government is trying to do to say that, ‘you know what, you want to reverse 16 years of rot, you cannot do it and stop in three and half years, you must continue and take it to the next level so that in years to come, there would have been a lot of sanity in the system and it would be more about getting our people to have the right attitude against corruption in the way we do things, the way we relate to ourselves and the way we deliver services and dividends of democracy to our people.’
“That is what the APC government and President Muhammadu Buhari is all about as against a former Vice President that is not in a good position to come and champion the anti-corruption drive.
“Those are the issues, they are very clear and Nigerians should understand what it is all about.
“We speak in terms of integrity, in terms of character of the president and we can stand and vouch for that integrity.
“It’s all about character, that’s what you see even in the way I govern Lagos and that’s why I align myself with President Muhammadu Buhari. It’s straightforward and simple.”