By Junaid Aminah
ORDINARY people on the streets of Lagos, especially those with no affinity with any political parties have expressed mixed reactions over the activation of political activities ahead next year’s general elections.
Speaking specifically on the second term aspirations of President Muhammadu Buhari and that of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, the respondents, in this vox pop, expressed divergent views over scorecards of both political leaders and why they deserve or other another chance in office.
Speaking with CITYVOICE, Mrs Erinfolami Amidat, a road side trader at Ikeja bus stop said, “It is okay for the Governor Ambode to run for the second term because he has fulfilled most of the promises he made in his manifestoes during the 2015 electioneering campaign and election.”
While expressing hope that he would continue the good work, Amidat however admonished the state government to caution its task force around Ikeja and metropolis to tamper enforcement with mercy when dealing with traders because a large chunk of their votes come from traders.
For Mrs. Fadilat Sanni, a resident of Ojokoro Housing Estate, both Buhari and Ambode should re-contest in the 2019 elections simply because of their impressive scorecards in the ongoing term, and more especially “in order to finish what they have already started.”
Sanni however pleaded that the APC-led administration at both Federal and State levels should focus more on the challenge of unemployment “as troops of university graduates are been churned out from the universities annually with non-existent jobs or incentives for startups to make them productively engaged.
“However, I must commend President Muhammadu Buhari for his determination and commitment to tackle corruption in the country. For me, this is a good effort as it will gradually redeem our international reputation and restore sanity and culture of honesty in our dear country,” she added
Mr. Isiaka Adebayo, a fashion designer at Ojokoro, is also in support of both the governor and president. He also said Buhari should buckle his belt if he wins the election and should also look into the trading sector of Nigeria.
Rebbecca said Ambode is good to go to run for second term and speaking about the President she said the chances of him winning the election are slim. She suggested that members of the federal cabinet should allow a younger person to run for the presidency in the 2019 general election.