HOUSE NUMBER 13- Lasisi Taofeek - LAGOS PEOPLE, NIGERIANS SHINE YOUR EYES -

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Years back I was amused when Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, during his tenure, associated himself with the great Indian - Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, also known as Mahatma Gandhi. The whole idea, I believed, was to deceive the elites who should expectedly be familiar with the antecedents of the man Gandhi than the great masses of Lagos State who are perennially clobbered by the economics of the tides and times. I want to believe Tinubu did not read well the history and works of this great man. Yes, if there exists any similarity it is that he (Tinubu) wears glasses as did Gandhi but beyond that is a divergence in self control and other virtues. Whereas Gandhi rejected the opportunities to become a political leader and instead opted for the role of an adviser without pay, Tinubu was used to rob the late Funsho Williams who won the 1999 gubernatorial ticket of AD. Funsho Williams later moved his tents to PDP, won the party's gubernatorial ticket for the elections of 2007 before meeting his death in controversial circumstances. Yes, unlike Gandhi, Tinubu has since become the 'colonial' master of not only Lagos State but also of some states in South-West Nigeria. He employed the media so effectively that the mostly unsuspecting people of Lagos State believed the hype and became easy spokepersons for Tinubu and his ACN, and now APC. However, the bubble has begun to burst and many are already getting their eyes 'shined, well well'. Lagosians must tell Tinubu "enough is enough" and reject, using their votes, Tinubu's imposition of candidates to rule Lagos State or any other place for that matter. We have demonized PDP and I believe those bunch of bandits well deserve the notoriety. However, it is saddening that another bunch of rogues rife in all the evils the former is accused of would want me to believe them to be the savior just about rile me as it amuses me. Nigerians should learn to vote differently! To register their displeasure by voting a new party at every turn it becomes necessary then follow it up by embarrassing the incumbents when they are deviating from the contract.

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