The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) promised Nigerians change, however, it never gave a time-frame for the achievement of the said change.
Backstory: Fashola made the statement while speaking at the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 campaign in Ikeja, Lagos State.
“In 2014, we said we would change Nigeria but we did not say we will do it in four years. This election, therefore, is a choice between going forward to the next level or backward because the work has already begun,” he said.
While attempting to convince the crowd to vote for Buhari, the minister also denounced the previous leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He said: “We have watched what happened in 16 years of nothing to show. Some people are trying to rewrite history now. You don’t sack a good employee. If they are living in delusion and say it was good governance, why did they lose the job? In 2017, the budget on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway was cut from N30 billion to N10 billion. You know who was presiding (then).”
Fashola urged APC members to shelve the grievances that followed the party’s contentious primaries and work together to win the general elections in 2019.
“I urge you to vote massively for this government because the former government must not come back,” he said.
Fashola also said once again that the presidency would shift to the southwest in 2023 if Buhari wins the polls next year.
Bottom Line: Fashola was one of the apostles of quick change when the APC was not in power. He wrote several pieces and made several speeches making that case. One such promise related to constant power supply. For over three years now, he has held the portfolio of power minister but the promise has not been kept. It is also surprising that Fashola has made the promise of power returning to the South West a permanent fixture of his campaign speeches. For someone who was such a strong believer in meritocracy when he was an opposition politician, hearing him resort to a sectional argument in order to win votes is jarring.