I am a great fan of Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State. He is my man any day, any time because in the history of governance in Nigeria, he has displayed uncommon leadership qualities.
But I dare say that my hero goofed at the rally held in Lagos to showcase the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode to Lagosians.
While trying to woo Lagosians to accept his party’s flag bearer, Governor Fashola advised the people not to vote for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Jimi Agbaje on account of the fact that he is advanced in age.
Fashola had argued that he became governor of Lagos State at the age of 44, and that the people should go for Ambode, who is 51, as against Agbaje, who is 57 years old.
The Lagos governor forgot the saying that, ‘those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones’.
His statement not only implicated the presidential candidate of the APC, General Muhammadu Buhari, but also Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, and probably, other candidates of the party running for one elective position or the other, but are also advanced in age.
General Buhari is 72 while Gov. Ajimobi is 65. Ajimobi, who is seeking a second term in office was 61 when he became governor in 2011.
Besides, the APC had always used every available weapon at its disposal to counter the argument of the PDP that Buhari is too old to govern and who knows, the Governor Fashola might had in the past lend his voice to the debate about Buhari’s age and why he is remains the best man for the herculean task of governing close to 200 million Nigerians despite his old age.
Therefore, one wonders why he had to use that same argument his party had always defended vigorously against Mr. Agbaje.