Fashola Blasts Jimi Agbaje..You Don't Have What It Takes To Be Lagos Governor

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, says the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, is not qualified to rule a cosmopolitan state like Lagos.

He, therefore, urged the people of the state to vote for the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, who he described as an achiever.

The governor said this at an APC rally in the Kosofe Local Government Area of the state on Monday.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria, who took 15 minutes to analyse Agbaje’s manifesto titled, ‘Bold Ideas’ said Agbaje’s manifesto was filled with lies.

Fashola said it was unfortunate that Agbaje could berate the state government for having the largest debt profile among other states when the Federal Government still owed Lagos over N50bn.

He said, “We are trying to get out of the mess at the federal level and their apprentice governor wants to put us in more mess. The PDP-led Federal Government cannot even look after the police. I am the one funding their police. The Alausa Immigration Passport office was built furnished and equipped by the state government.

“All the 33 expansion joints on the Eko Bridge were not touched by the Federal Government and that is why you were hearing strong vibrations on the bridge but now it is smooth. It was the Commissioner for Works, Obafemi Hamzat, that did the 33 joints.

“Today all the federal roads have been abandoned and we are the ones repairing them. Today they owe us N51bn. They have not paid. So we do their job and this same apprentice wants you to vote for him.

“I have been on this job for eight years as governor and four and a half years as the chief of staff, that is the experience I have. Ambode was in government before me at the local government level and worked with me for six years. He knows what to do.

“Their candidate calls his plans bold ideas but I call them bold inexperience. He says he wants to give you Internet hotspot. Tell him to beg his boss in Abuja to give us electricity. You can’t have internet without electricity. He has no bold ideas but bold ignorance and bold inexperience.”

The governor berated Agbaje for saying that 70 per cent of Lagos was a slum.

He said his government had transformed several slums in the state.

“He says we have not been developing slums. What was Oshodi? What does it look like now? Obalende now has 24-hour streetlight and a bus terminus. Who cleaned it up?” he said.

Fashola said Agbaje’s promise to boost the ocean economy showed that the PDP candidate did not know about the developments in the state.

He said, “He promised high-speed ferry but he doesn’t understand ferry service. There is no such thing as a high-speed ferry. What you have are called water taxis and they run between 22-25 nautical miles and which is 55 km per hour and that is not high speed so he does not know what he is talking about.

“Ferries run about 39/40 nautical miles and that is 70 km per hour and that is not high speed. What he didn’t tell you is that today, we are running over 20 ferry routes in Lagos such as Ijegun, Ikorodu, Ebute Ero, Egba, Badore, Epe and so on. Tell him to enter the ferry so that he will learn. Today we have 131 licensed ferry operators.”


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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