The Vice President-elect, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, says he fears that the people of Lagos will suffer underdevelopment if they vote for the Peoples Democratic Party on Saturday. He said this during a meeting with the members of the Nigeria Union of Teachers in Lagos on Wednesday. Osinbajo, who was Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice for eight years in Lagos State, said the PDP-led Federal Government had always been wicked to the state, depriving Lagos of federal projects.
Osinbajo, who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, said he was the one that represented Lagos at the Supreme Court when the Federal Government illegally withheld local government funds belonging to Lagos. He said Lagos had continued to suffer as an opposition state, adding that now that the APC had taken control of the Federal Government, it would be unfair for the people of Lagos to remain in the opposition. He said:
“One of the great opportunities today is the fact that we now have the centre and we are in control of the Federal Government. It is a very crucial moment in the history of our state because this state has always provided leadership and direction in Nigeria.
“But we have always suffered because we have always been in the opposition. Everything we have done has always been at a great cost. As Attorney-General in this state, I was in the Supreme Court almost 12 times, fighting for the rights of our state and each time we had to go there, we knew we could have settled it if we were in the same party as the centre.
“In 1999, we started a 270 megawatt Independent Power Plant in Ikorodu, which was the first in Nigeria. When we installed it, we thought it would provide Lagos with power but the Federal Government said no and that we should connect it to the national grid despite the fact that we paid for it. If we were in the same party at the centre, this would not have happened to us.”