Ahead of the April 11 governorship and House of Assembly elections, politicians and political parties alike have embarked on last-minute campaigns – holding closed-door meetings, rallies and reinforcing their candidates' manifesto on social and traditional media platforms.
As contained in a letter to Lagos state residents, Governor Babatunde Fashola has appealed to Lagosians to come out en masse and vote for their preferred candidates in the coming Saturday polls, listing 10 imperative questions every voter must answer before the final voting moment.
Fashola, who did not specifically recommend any political party or candidate, noted that it is crucial that the governor who will take his place must consolidate on the progress his administration has made in the state.
"Although your votes will be cast for one political party or the other, let me remind you that you will actually be voting for your wellbeing, security, prosperity and future.
"You will also be voting for the future of your children. You will be choosing candidates and a party that you will entrust your lives to," the letter read in part.
Who has shown a better record and example of protecting and securing you between the political parties?
Which of the parties cares more when disasters happen?
What is the record of the parties as it relates to the promises they have made to you in the past?
Which of the parties do you see regularly and which one do you see once in a while?
Which of the parties do you see when your life or property is threatened by epidemics like Ebola or by unfortunate accidents like plane crashes?
Which of the parties is showing that you can become home-owners without knowing anybody?
Which party has responsibility for providing electricity for you, and which one is taking up the responsibility to light up your streets and communities at night?
Which of them cares more about your children and their safety?
Indeed ask yourself; which of the parties threatened you with thugs on that sad Monday of March 16th and which is seeking to protect you by supporting the police; with patrol vehicles, fuel and other equipment?
Ask yourself who should be supporting the police and who is actually doing it?
"Dear Lagosians, your choice of who to vote for will be easy if you answer these questions within yourself honestly," he added.
The Governor also mentioned that only about 1.5 million people turned out to vote in Lagos on March 28, out of the 5.8 million registered voters and 3.8 million PVC collections, stressing the need for people to come out and vote this Saturday by all means.