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Agbaje dares Sanwo-Olu to show achievements as 3-time commissioner

Mr. Jimi Agbaje has  described  the  promise  by the   All  Progressives   Congress  (APC) Governorship Candidate, Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu, to restore the glory of Lagos, as not only laughable but an admission of failure by the ruling clique that had enslaved the state since 1999.

The  Governorship  Candidate   of   the   People’s   Democratic   Party  (PDP)   said   everyone knew that voting for Sanwoolu meant granting  Asiwaju  Bola Ahmed Tinubu a sixth term,  and   no   one   should   expect   anything   new   but  more   years  of   suffering   without smiling for Lagos citizens.

In a statement circulated through the media on Tuesday and signed by his Director of Media   and   Publicity,   Felix   Oboagwina,   the   PDP   candidate   took   his opponent and the rival party to the cleaners.

Agbaje said it was noteworthy that Sanwoolu who had been Commissioner for three tenures back to back and lately the Managing Director of the state’s housing corporation had no achievements to flaunt.

Agbaje,   who   spoke   in   reaction   to   an   earlier   statement   by   the   APC   gubernatorial candidate to make the people the cornerstone of his administration and restore Lagos glory, said it was an admission of the ineptitude with which his opponent, his sponsors and his godfathers had ruled the state for the last 19 years.

“That   is   Sanwoolu   admitting   to   what   everyone   knows   already,   that   he   and   his paymasters   are   guilty   of   misgovernment;   and   for   most   of   two   decades,   they   have enslaved the state for purely selfish benefits,” Agbaje said. “But Lagosians cannot be fooled and they know that these leopards cannot change their spots.”

Lamenting the negative records that the state had garnered among cities of the world, the PDP candidate said Sanwoolu was part of the rot.

“Lagos State was just in the 2018 GLOBAL LIVEABILITY INDEX as the second worst city for humans to live in the world. And this is no thanks to its waste disposal   mismanagement,  traffic   logjams,   incessant   flooding,   insecurity,   double taxation, impunity, lawlessness, godfatherism, corruption and abandoned projects,” the statement said.

Agbaje said Lagosians must reject Sanwoolu at the polls for representing the continuity of these negative indices.

“When a formula does not give you the result you want, you change it! Lagosians must change this unprofitable team committed to govern for their own selfish interests,” said the PDP candidate.

Agbaje lamented that the rail line project had been footdragged for four years, just as the Badagry-Apapa expressway, an international route that had turned into a nightmare after the ruling party inexplicably slowed down the project several years after commencing work on it.

According to him, Lagos was suffering an infrastructure and housing deficit that was within the purview of the state to solve, going by its huge internally generated revenue and Federal allocation.

“We also intend to fully liberate the local governments to mind their own business,” he posited. “Today we have a situation where, in order to continue unbridled corruption and mismanagement, the ruling clique deliberately emasculated the local governments to make them lack the wherewithal to tackle their primary functions constitutionally placed within their purview.”

He said he would grant the councils free rein to administer their budgets and allocations and manage their funds and functions, build drainage, build markets and mind primary healthcare, in order to citizens to feel the impact of government at the grassroots.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Newstide247.com newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.
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