The Lagos governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jimi Agbaje, and the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, have asked Lagosians to come out and vote.
They each made the call after casting their votes in Lagos on Saturday.
Jimi Agbaje appealed to the residents to come out and vote, noting that the violence experienced in Feb. 23 polls could be the reason many have stayed back in their houses.
“We are appealing to Lagosians to please come out and vote.
“Yes, we know there have been issues, we know that the problems of last elections may have affected this particular turn out so far in the sense that the intimidation of the last elections, the violence, the thuggery, the ballot box snatching, the ballot paper burning and all and even the intimidation that has taken place in the last two weeks or so; but I keep saying that democracy is not something that is served on a platter of Gold”.
He also expressed confidence in winning the 2019 gubernatorial elections in the state.
Speaking after casting his vote at Lateef Jakande Avenue/Femi Okunnu, Ikoyi, polling, he urged those who have voted to urge others to take part of the elections.
Reacting to a question about the possibilty of his winning the election, Sanwo-Olu noted that he and his team had done enough to win the votes of the electorate in Lagos.
“Today makes it exactly six months – it was on the ninth of September – since I collected the APC gubernatorial form, so I think it is divine.”
“We are very, very confident, extremely confident with the level of work we’ve done, the level of engagement we’ve seen, with the level of interaction we’ve had that we will be successful and we’ll come out tops, but that is for INEC to determine and to announce.”
The Lagos State Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Jimi Agbaje, has called on Lagosians to vote out the tyrants that have been affecting the growth and productivity of the state.
He enjoined residents of the state to make good use of their PVCs and vote for him in the forthcoming governorship elections slated for March 9, 2019.
“Last week the oppression was at the polling units, this week business activities were threatened.
“Tomorrow God forbid it may extend to our homes, the only way to stop this tyranny is to votes out these tyrants out”.
The governorship candidate made the call on Friday through his social media handle, Twitter.
He commended Nigerians who came out to vote for the PDP and have expressed concern over the election results, which had led the rejection of the election by the Presidential Candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar.
“ To those of you who took the time and effort to make sacrifices to ensure that your votes count I salute you.
“Corruption won’t work, fear won’t work, threat won’t work. Trust your mandate if you still have one.
Let Lagosians have a say in peace.“We all have a right to a government that is open and accountable, a government that will respect our individual and collective fundamental rights.
“Everyone that has a stake in the commonwealth of Lagos, irrespective of your tribe, political affiliation or religion, I say rise up.
Rise up for Lagos, use your vote, it’s your voice. It’s your right, see you at the polls,” he added.
A lot has been said about the way the Presidential and National Assembly elections in Lagos were conducted last week. A lot of you reached out to express you frustration. And I get it. Considering the work that we still have ahead of us, I thought I should address you on video. pic.twitter.com/jxdBcZNBwt
The Lagos gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jimi Agbaje has said that the state’s local governments need to get working again.
Jimi Agbaje made this statement while responding to a question at The Platform’s Lagos Governorship Debate.
Agbaje in a reaction to questions about gridlocks in Lagos said that the key is to “get the local governments working again” adding that the grassroots play a great roll in making state function optimally.
The PDP gubernatorial candidate said that planning ahead is crucial if Lagos must overcome its problem with traffic jam.
The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Mr Jimi Agbaje, says if he is elected governor in 2019, he will free the state from Godfatherism, among other issues.
He said this during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics while explaining the rationale behind his campaign tag #SetLagosFree.
“Its freedom from godfatherism, freedom from arrogance and freedom from bondage from so many things,” he said.
Agbaje also stated that Lagos is being run like a private company because it has “refused to domesticate its Freedom of Information bill”, a situation he believes does not allow for accountability in governance.
He said, “Lagos is still run like a closed-shop, it is like a private company. Lagos has refused to domesticate its Freedom of Information bill. So, we don’t know what plays out in Lagos.
“We are talking about freedom in the sense that we want to be able to have access to exactly how they are running our government. We talk about freedom where in the last 20 years, Lagos has spent some N7 trillion and we are asking, ‘Have we got value for money?”.
Speaking further, the PDP candidate alleged that out of the N7 trillion, a company, Alphabeta, receives a certain percentage which he says is not being accounted for.
He said, “Out of that N7 trillion, there is a private company that takes a percentage and we are asking, for what purpose.
“There’s a private company or fund collector, Alphabeta of whatever, we don’t even know how much the percentage is. It could be 12 per cent, 10, eight or six.”
When asked about the legality of the company, he said “It’s not about being legal, it’s about being moral”.
“If you tell me that every amount of money that Lagos collects, there is a private company that is collecting, that’s taxpayers money and I’m asking why should it be and to what purpose?
“These people that collect money, we don’t see them, we don’t see their staff – It is against standard practice”.
Agbaje said he is confident that he would win the governorship election.
He explained that although he had said in 2015 that he would not run again, plans changed, especially because there were no young indigenous Lagosian available to take up the challenge.
“I wasn’t declared winner the last time (2015) but I am going to win this time and be declared the winner because it’s going to be a race that will be so clear.
“Even though I didn’t want to run, I felt that (after my run in 2015) if I didn’t win, we could get a younger person to run but in all honesty I’ve spent the last two years trying to encourage younger indigenous Lagosians to see who would be able to run that we would be able to back up but we, unfortunately, didn’t get any and for me, Lagos could not continue in the way it has been running.
“All the younger ones were running for president but none of them is indigenous Lagosian, so we couldn’t get any and so we decided that why not,” he said.
Speaking about his relationship with former Lagos State Governor and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, he said there was no feud between them and whatever disagreement they may have had in the past was merely an issue of “principles”.
“I think its very wrong to say there was a feud, there’s never been a feud between myself and Bola Tinubu.
“In 2007, I felt that the way democracy was being practiced by him, was not the way I understood democracy to be practiced so I took the option of opting out,” Agbaje said.
The Managing Director of Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA), Mobolaji Sanusi, says the removal of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate’s Jimi Agbaje posters on third mainland bridge is not politically motivated.
According to him, some of the installations of the A-frame posters by the PDP candidate contravene the LASAA guidelines.
LASAA boss said this on Wednesday during a security and stakeholders meeting with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and political parties summoned by the Lagos Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal.
He explained further that the agency has guidelines but many political candidates are flouting the rules. He recommended that politicians should play by the rules and make an official request to the agency before deploying their A-frame posters and billboards.
Sanusi added that the agency usually cleans up the state on weekly basis to remove any poster or billboards mounted illegally across the state.
The police boss in response advised all participants and political candidates to always engage the agency before pasting and mounting billboards.
The reaction of the government-owned advertising agency comes few days after PDP governorship candidate, Agbaje, raised the alarm that the party’s campaign billboards had been vandalised.
Agbaje in a tweet on his official handle described the act as tyranny, adding, however, that the party refuses to be oppressed or pushed into a corner.
He also claimed that some of the party’s deployment staff had been threatened and warned to desist from doing their job.
The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje, has alleged that the party’s campaign billboards had been vandalised.
Agbaje said this in a tweet on Saturday.
He also stated that some of the party’s deployment staff had been threatened and warned to desist.
He described the act as tyranny, adding, however, that the party refuses to be oppressed or pushed into a corner.
The PDP candidate wrote, “Early this morning our boards were vandalized and removed just as campaign commenced.
“Some of our deployment staff were also threatened with violence and warned to desist.
“Fellow Lagosians, we must stand against this sort of tyranny. This is no ordinary election. This is a fight for freedom. A fight for Democracy. A fight for Lagos. We will not be silent and we will not be oppressed or suppressed into a corner. This time around, Democracy must win.
“It has come to our notice that some of our campaign boards that were stationed on third mainland bridge were destroyed overnight. I must say this is very disappointing to see. This is not Freedom. This is not Democracy. This is not the Lagos the people want to identify with”.
Early this morning our boards were vandalized and removed just as campaign commenced. Some of our deployment staff were also threatened with violence and warned to desist. pic.twitter.com/Ub7RPo6tq4
Fellow Lagosians we must unite. This is no ordinary election. This is a fight for freedom. A fight for Democracy. A fight for Lagos. We will not be silent and we will not be oppressed or suppressed into a corner. This time around, Democracy must win.
His running mate, Haleemat Oluwayemisi, also took to Twitter to criticise the act.
Agbaje who had contested for the Lagos State governorship seat in 2015, but lost to incumbent governor Akinwunmi Ambode, is jostling for the seat with Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The entertainment industry has been thrown into mourning following the news of the death of radio presenter and entertainer, Tosyn Bucknor.
Many have taken to social media to express their sadness and shock over her death.
The late Tosyn Bucknor was described as one who was full of energy and impacted lives positively.
The Lagos State Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jimi Agbaje on his Twitter page said, “I have just received the sad news of the passage of Tosyn Bucknor (Area Mama) due to complications from the Sickle cell.
“As a healthcare professional, I am well aware of the challenges of people living with sickle cell. Tosyn fought a good fight”.
I have just received the sad news of the passage of Tosyn Bucknor (Area Mama) due to complications from Sickle cell.
As a healthcare professional, I am well aware of the challenges of people living with sickle cell.
Former Lagos State governorship candidate, Mr Jimi Agbaje has shelved his ambition to be the next chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Agbaje said this in a statement on Saturday, few hours after the commencement of the PDP convention in Abuja.
He said the inability of the South-West PDP to pick a consensus candidate has affected the chances of the region to produce the next chairman. He added that he is willing to cooperate with anyone who emerged as the chairman of the party.
Also, three other aspirants, former governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, Olusegun Aderemi, Rasheed Ladoja, have withdrawn from the PDP chairmanship race.
The decision of these south-west aspirants to step down from the race is coming after Chief Bode George made a similar move on Friday night.