The president of Voters Awareness Initiative, Wale Ogunade, said the outgoing governor of Lagos state, Akinwunmi Ambode would have surpassed the achievements of his predecessors, had he not ignored the political structure that put him in power.
Ogunade made this assertion while assessing Ambode’s performance ahead of his exit from office next month, saying he did well, but got carried away by power along the line.
“In fact, Gov. Ambode should have surpassed his predecessors, but unfortunately he got carried away by power,” he said.
“He saw power as a means of getting himself above the system and I believe the system overwhelmed him.
“He is a technocrat, and unfortunately he did not take into consideration the political structure that brought him in. And of course, as election time came, the same political structure did away with him.
Furthermore,Ogunade urged political leaders to learn from the mistakes of Ambode by carrying the people along in their administration.
“I hope that it is a lesson that no matter how good you are, you must not lose touch with the political structure or the people, because the governor at some point cut off the people, he continued.
“That was why he only had the support of the few friends he worked with and not the people.
“So, my advice to politicians is that the people must be factored into your political life, because as a president or a governor, you have to live a multidimensional life.
“You are a family man, a party man, chief security officer, head of civil service and the father of all, and you must carry everybody along because everyone matters.”
While commending the governor, he stated that his administration recorded sterling achievements which have taken the state to the next level economically.
“Aside these political issues, Gov. Ambode took up quality projects. He performed well and drove infrastructural development such as construction of roads and bridges, provision of buses and bus terminals, and others,” Ogunade said.
Amongst Ambode’s predecessors are Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Babatunde Fashola, minister of power, works and housing.