Ambode deserves re-election, says PDP lawmaker in Lagos

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Lagos state government
Governor  Akinwunmi Ambode

The only Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Oladipupo Olorunrinu, has said Governor Akinwunmi Ambode deserves a second term for transforming the state.

The lawmaker hailed the governor for his people-oriented programmes, saying criticising his administration would mean that he (Olorunrinu) had also performed woefully as a lawmaker.

He said: “The government is doing well. This government is not just about Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. It includes the Executive, the Legislature, which approves the projects of the government, as well as the Judiciary. You cannot have a head without a neck. So, for me, the government is working hard and we are happy.”

Seven PDP members in the Assembly defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Olorunrinu declared his support for use of Card Reader in the 2019 general election.

The lawmaker said the usage of the device must be perfected, saying the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should give parties a level-playing field to operate and ensure transparency in the polls.

Asked if the PDP was ready for the 2019 polls, Olorunrinu said the party was prepared, having successfully done its convention, which he said was not easy to achieve.

Reacting to the alleged killings in Benue State and other parts of the country by Fulani herdsmen, the lawmaker expressed appreciation to the media for the wide coverage.

He added that cattle rearing is not a problem but that the motive behind it is the main issue.

Olorunrinu said: “Rearing of cattle is not a problem. It is the motive and the agenda behind it that the government has to attend to.

“The media should embark on a research for this. They should lay emphasis on this. You can have a good business but a wrong intention. For instance, jihad itself is not bad, but some group of people have made a means of survival through this.”

On the intervention of the Federal Government, Olorunrinu advised the National Assembly to tackle the matter headlong.

He urged governors to tighten security around their people.

Olorunrinu said: “The Executive and security agencies should rise to the occasion and do something about this. They should be proactive. All the governors should take the bull by the horn and protect their citizens.’’

The politician hailed the Lagos State government for its Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC), adding that state police is democratic.

He said: “It is something every state, which means well for the citizens, should embrace. It is even a means to provide employment for the people. Why are the states waiting for approval of the National Assembly for state police?

“The states’ security forces don’t need to carry arms or shoot people; even the federal police don’t kill anyhow. You have to know how to apprehend culprits.

“Knowing that there is security somewhere alone reduces crime. The LNSC makes it easy to gather information and intelligence for the police. Once your neighbours know they are being watched, they would be careful. Once you have the mentality that the security agencies are close to you, you would be careful.”

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