By Godson Ikiebey-
A political analyst, Wale Ogunade, has said that Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos state, would have surpassed the achievements of his predecessors if he had not ignored the political structure that brought him to power.
Governor Ambode’s immediate predecessors include Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Babatunde Fashola, minister of power, works and housing, are among the predecessors of Ambode.
Ogunade, who is the president of Voters Awareness Initiative, spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, while assessing the governor’s performance ahead of his exit from office next month.
The political analyst said Governor Ambode started well as he continued on the development progress of his predecessors but got carried away by power.
According to him, the governor “cut off the people” who brought him into power.
He urged political leaders to learn from the mistakes of Governor Ambode and carry the people along in their administration. He said:
“In fact, Gov. Ambode should have surpassed his predecessors, but unfortunately he got carried away by power.
“He saw power as a means of getting himself above the system and I believe the system overwhelmed him.
“He is a technocrat, and unfortunately he did not take into consideration the political structure that brought him in. And of course, as election time came, the same political structure did away with him.
“I hope that it is a lesson that no matter how good you are, you must not lose touch with the political structure or the people, because the governor at some point cut off the people.
“That was why he only had the support of the few friends he worked with and not the people.
“So, my advice to politicians is that the people must be factored into your political life, because as a president or a governor, you have to live a multidimensional life.
“You are a family man, a party man, chief security officer, head of civil service and the father of all, and you must carry everybody along because everyone matters”.
He went on to say that Governor Ambode’s administration recorded sterling achievements that have propelled the state on a positive economic trajectory which would outlive it.
“Aside these political issues, Gov. Ambode took up quality projects. He performed well and drove infrastructural development such as construction of roads and bridges, provision of buses and bus terminals, and others”.