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Lagos governor urges Nigerians to vote

27 May 2014, 13:48Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, called for a massive turnout to next year’s general elections saying polls offered the most viable means to achieve good governance in the country.

“The only way to enhance good governance is by changing bad governments through the ballot box. Voting out a government will always send a strong signal to the incoming one about what the expectations of the people are,” he said at the eighth Annual Business Law Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association in Lagos.

The three-day Conference with the theme, “Exemplary Governance: Enhancing Economic Development In Nigeria”, which is featuring prominent local and international legal luminaries and members of the Nigerian Bar and Bench as Chairmen, Speakers and facilitators of sessions, is taking place at the Eko Hotel and Suites at Victoria Island.

He cited examples of developed nations of the world that had achieved good governance through government changes.

He recalled that in the last ten years, Britain has had four Prime Ministers while during the period, Japan had five Prime Ministers.

“The message I want to pass through is that we must rise and make a change whenever there is election. We must be able to come together to retain a good government in office or remove a bad government from office. When we are able to do this, I think we will be sending a stronger message to political parties and politicians that we will not suffer or endure bad governance. The realization that bad government is routed out would send a strong message to the incoming government that the same thing would happen to it if it did not do well,” Fashola, a member of the opposition All Progressives Congress, said.

– CAJ News

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