Former Lagos Governor and Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fasola has said the old campaign tricks of making promises will no longer work since Nigerians are beginning to demand accountability from political leaders in the country.
Fashola’s statement is supported by an incident in Kano State, where a member of the All Progressives Congress representing Dawakin Tofa/Tofa and Rimini Gado Federal Constituency in Kano State, Tijjani Abdulkadir Jobe, was attacked by angry youth in his constituency, who alleged that he did not deliver the dividends of democracy to them.
According to the report, the incident happened when Jobe went to inagurate a project at Gulu, a village under Rimin Gado Local Government Area.
A source said the lawmaker was beaten to a pulp by the youth, who accused him of making false promises for many years.
“He was given a severe beating by the angry youth on Sunday.
“They said they attacked him because of his fake promises for many years,” the source said.
Fashola who perhaps reads the mood of Nigerians particularly in the wake of the EndSars protest in the country said winning the next presidential election in 2023 would be determined by performance, not the usual campaign promises.
Fashola made the warning in a statement during an interactive session with APC correspondents at his Abuja office.
Responding to whether the APC will retain power beyond 2023, the Minister said: ‘To retain power in 2023 will certainly be if we keep our promises; it is that simple. That’s politics. If you do what you said you will do, even if you don’t do 100 percent and they see that you are making progress, they will even want you to finish some of what you started.”
On whether he would be contesting, the former governor said: “Which card are we talking about now, where do I belong? I belong to a party, APC, and is committed to good governance because I think the best politics is good governance.
The beauty of it for me is the opportunity it gives to impact peoples’ lives. We have elections only once in four years, but we have a responsibility to provide good governance every day and that’s the culture,” he said.
He added saying, “Winning the election is not the challenge; it is delivering the governance that is the big deal and that’s what I am committed to doing.”