Kebbi Governor Regrets Ambode’s Loss Of Second Term
Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu is not happy that despite Governor Akinwunmi Ambode's good works as Lagos State Governor, he was denied the opportunity to serve another term.
Listing Ambode’s good works, Bagudu said, for instance, Nigeria could not have been able to reduce rice importation by 90 per cent without his strategic support to the Nigerian Rice Initiative (NRI).
He gave insight into how the partnership between Lagos and Kebbi States culminated in the massive production of Lake Rice at the 18th National Women Conference of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO) held in Lagos on Thursday
At the conference, Bagudu commended Ambode for the Lake Rice initiative, saying apart from rekindling hope in the ability of Nigerians to achieve a lot for Nigerians, the initiative led to 90 percent reduction in rice Importation.
He said, “Ambode spoke about one of the things I believe is a measure of his greatness, which is the partnership between Lagos and Kebbi. Ambode and I have worked in farms in Kebbi State. Without Ambode, there would not have been Lake Rice. I repeat again, without Ambode, there would not have been Lake Rice.
“The significance of Lake Rice is that it encouraged a revival in the ‘we can do spirit’ and Mr. President captured it adequately when he said at least now when we tell the world we are going to do something they better take us seriously.
“Those Nigerians, Africans and well-wishers who saw Mr. President when he visited Prime Minister Theresa May and President Donald Trump and announced enthusiastically that Nigeria has reduced its rice importation by 90 per cent can humbly say that without Ambode we wouldn’t have achieved that.
“Ambode supported the NRI. Without her Excellency, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode and COWLSO, who encouraged and supported the Lake Rice and the Nigerian Rice Project that would not have been possible. I thank you all for what you have done for Nigeria and what we have done to show that it is possible.”
Bagudu, however, lamented Ambode’s botched second-term aspiration, which according to him, might have been due to the fact that the governor might have offended some political leaders and interests in the state.
Despite his botched aspiration to seek re-election, Bagudu commended Ambode for the high sense of maturity displayed in the wake of the political developments, saying he demonstrated grace, which had united the APC ahead of the 2019 elections.
In his remarks, Ambode said the Lake Rice initiative had significantly impacted on the economic fortunes of not only Lagos and Kebbi States, but also the entire nation, saying Bagudu also deserved commendation for the success of the partnership.
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