Jimi Agbaje Responds To APC Call To Politically Align Lagos To The FG

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(m) at 6-04-2015 10:20AM (4 years ago)

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    Dear People of Lagos, you've probably heard the new rhetoric that the APCs spin-masters have been spewing out in the last couple of days stating that if Lagos is in the opposition, the Federal Government will deny Lagos a lot of benefits. Just yesterday, a few well meaning Lagosians had sent us Facebook and SMS messages asking for my take on this issue so I've decided to speak up.



    First, I wonder about the soundness of this argument especially after listening to President-elect General Buhari's acceptance speech where he clearly stated " There shall no longer be a ruling party again... We shall never rule over the people as if they were subservient to government".


This basically spoke to our better-angels as a people and our sense of community as Nigerians. If so, then where's the logic in the argument? Is APC LAGOS by the nature of this "aligning Lagos to the center" statement, now inferring that General Buhari intends to run a vindictive, partial or insensitive government? Well, that's not for me to answer and it's clearly not the focus of this piece.

What I know, however, is that Lagos has always made progress in spite of being in the opposition and right now it will be to the benefit of democracy and the whole country to have a watchful police, as opposed to both power houses - Lagos & Abuja concentrated in one party. In fact, if my memory of history serves me well, Lagos and the FG have never been in the same party. Our development as a state is as a result of our ingenuity, tenacity and drive as a people. And it's clear that Lagosians can see through this total botch of logic.

During late Pa' Awo's time, the Action Group led Lagos while the NCNC led the FG. In 1979 up until 1983, LK Jakande's achievements were under UPN even though President Shagari was in NPN. In 1992 Governor Otedola was NRC and SDP led the FG before the JUNE 12 annulment. In 1999 Tinubu was AD, FG was PDP. In 2007-2011, his excellency, Governor Fashola was AC/ACN/APC while the FG led by Yar’Adua was PDP. Under Yar’Adua, the FG released withheld funds to Lagos that had been blocked by his predecessor despite being in opposing parties with Governor Fashola. You see, our edge as a state has always being about our collective ability to stay ahead of the curve with our without favour from the FG.

That said, it's important that we put in context what is really happening in Nigeria. The yearning for change that has clearly swept this nation is one that supersedes any one man, political party, tribe or religion. Put simply, it is a statement against the status-quo. A clarion call by the people for leaders who will put the peoples interests first before aggrandisement and petty bickering that seems to have become the norm in politics. To politicians, leaders and people in position of authority including myself, it is a call that we cannot stand against. It's one that we must all comply with to ensure that we build a better society and a greater Nigeria.

Now given that our message of transforming governance in Lagos to ensure that we cater not only to few elites but the generality of the greater good of the people of Lagos is resonating with Lagosians - both indigenes and non-indigenes alike, one can only expect the opposition to throw everything including the kitchen sink. It is clear that arguments of this sort are only the rumblings of a small group of people determined to hold on to power at all costs in Lagos. Even on the streets, one can clearly see the destruction of our adverstising material from the Third Mainland Bridge right down to Ikoyi; it's been fatal. But I dare say that the handwriting is on the wall. The people of Lagos, in this election are determined to CHANGE the status-quo and they will do everything in their power to protect and guard their votes.

As we approach the end of this tightly contested election race in Lagos, I'll encourage voters to be careful about what I call last-minute divisive tactics which, again is to be expected at a time such as this. My opponent will keep on making insinuations and attempt to pre-empt how I will govern rather than share with us his own unique take on how he intends govern. It is political silly season, I get it. But at the end of day, the result speaks for itself and the people are wiser now.

I pride myself on the fact that we've run a pretty robust, disciplined and inclusive campaign where people from all works of life have supported our efforts - technocrats, party members, non-party members, youth volunteers, indigenes and non-indigenes alike. We've led by example and remained honourable even in the face of intimidation.  We've highlighted bold plans that will enhance the contributions of our youth, artisans and civil service to society. We've laid out potentially path-breaking reform plans to curb corruption in government by leveraging web technology that will make not just help voters to track government procurement (as we currently have) but also government spending and expenditure thereby making the process transparent so that we can hold our leaders within the public service accountable. We have not shied away from debating major issues and presenting our ideas on how we intend to expand this economy and ensure that ordinary Lagosians are not over-burdened by the weight of unfair taxes. We have campaigned on ideas not propaganda and provided Lagosians with an insight to what real change looks like.

Our moment is now. And yes, we can have a government free of nepotism. We can have a government where we curb corruption and nepotism and extend the prosperity of this state to include ordinary people. We can have a Lagos that does not discriminate on the basis of gender, religion or belief. We can have a Lagos for you - A Lagos for all of us.

That said, we cannot go to sleep and be under any illusions that this will come easy. We will need to fight for it. I am calling on all people to defend our voice as a people come April 11th. Stand at the polling units, monitor the polling officers, request for the number of accredited voters BEFORE you return to vote. Democracy must prevail in our great state, defend your votes, defend the polling units, protect Democracy. It will be my honour to serve as your Governor - a man capable of making his own decisions as I have always done in the past. Quite frankly, I'm not sure anyone can say the same of my opponent.



misterjohn (m) at 6-04-2015 10:39AM
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true talk
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freethinker (m) at 6-04-2015 10:54AM
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PLS MY DEAR DONT MIND THAT OLD FOOL CALLED OBA OF LAGOS, DONT MIND THAT CANNIBAL
SENSELESS OBA, WHO MADE THAT IDIOT OBA?
CAN A  THIEF BE OBA? TYPICAL YORUBA FOOL
HE CANT DO MORE THAN A DEAD RAT
JK IS THE NEXT GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE
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freethinker (m) at 6-04-2015 10:59AM
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OBA OF LAGOS IS A BLIND MAN LEADING BLIND PEOPLE
IN SHORT, HE WILL DIE AFTER THIS GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION COS JIMI AGBAJE WILL BE THE NEXT GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE
LET OBA GO AND JUMP INTO LAGOON, EWU CAN BEER
HE DONT DESERVE ANY RESPECT
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Ololababs (f) at 6-04-2015 11:00AM
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...and what is d hype about? Are u afraid of loosing dis election? I tot u've learnt from ur past mistakes, spend less time on arguing blindly n violently! Focus on how win dis election n don't try to bring others down for nothing! It didn't work for FFK, Fayose n other colleagues of urs. U could have used ur time wisely on other strategies rather than waisting time in writing this long essay.
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femjay (m) at 6-04-2015 11:06AM
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Quote from: freethinker on  6-04-2015 10:54AM
PLS MY DEAR DONT MIND THAT OLD FOOL CALLED OBA OF LAGOS, DONT MIND THAT CANNIBAL
SENSELESS OBA, WHO MADE THAT IDIOT OBA?
CAN A  THIEF BE OBA? TYPICAL YORUBA FOOL
HE CANT DO MORE THAN A DEAD RAT
JK IS THE NEXT GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE

Hey bloody swine .........Don't you ve manner .......mind ur utterance and behaves ur self ......... I pity you so much becos ur mother no born you with common sense at all ...... By this you can nevr get sense at all , becos you case is abysmally hopeless ...........

Wait till April 12 before making unnecessary assumption.........
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freethinker (m) at 6-04-2015 11:06AM
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JIMI AGBAJE WILL BE D NEXT GOV OF LAGOS STATE BY GRACE OF GOD, HE IS A MAN OF VIRTUE, INTEGRITY UNLIKE AMBODE WHO CAN NOT SPELL HIS NAME WELL LIKE ME,
WATCH THEIR DEBATE, AMBODE HAS NOTHING TO OFFER, ONLY THAT AS USUALLY THE LAST MAN STANDING IN YORUBA LAND(TINUBU LION OF BOURDILLION) HAS IMPOSE HIM ON US, BUT THIS TIME HE WILL FAIL, NIGERIANS ARE WISER NOW
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femjay (m) at 6-04-2015 11:08AM
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Quote from: freethinker on  6-04-2015 10:54AM
PLS MY DEAR DONT MIND THAT OLD FOOL CALLED OBA OF LAGOS, DONT MIND THAT CANNIBAL
SENSELESS OBA, WHO MADE THAT IDIOT OBA?
CAN A  THIEF BE OBA? TYPICAL YORUBA FOOL
HE CANT DO MORE THAN A DEAD RAT
JK IS THE NEXT GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE

Hey bloody swine .........Don't you ve manner .......mind ur utterance and behaves ur self ......... I pity you so much becos ur mother no born you with common sense at all ...... By this you can nevr get sense at all , becos you case is abysmally hopeless ...........

Wait till April 12 before making unnecessary assumption.........
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freethinker (m) at 6-04-2015 11:11AM
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Quote from: femjay on  6-04-2015 11:06AM
Hey bloody swine .........Don't you ve manner .......mind ur utterance and behaves ur self ......... I pity you so much becos ur mother no born you with common sense at all ...... By this you can nevr get sense at all , becos you case is abysmally hopeless ...........

Wait till April 12 before making unnecessary assumption.........

FEMI, U ARE A FOOL, BIGGER FOOL THAN I THOUGHT, GO AND READ WHAT THAT OLD CANNIBAL VOMITED WITH HIS MOUTH
HE DESERVE NO RESPECT, A RESPONSIBLE HUMAN CAN NOT VOMIT THAT
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freethinker (m) at 6-04-2015 11:15AM
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OBA OF LAGOS MY FOOT
THEY MADE CRIMINAL, IRRESPONSIBLE MAN OBA, WHAT DO ONE EXPECT?
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freethinker (m) at 6-04-2015 11:18AM
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HE WILL SURELY PERISH WITH HIS FAMILY AFTER THE ELECTION (NOT IGBOS)UNLESS THEY MISQUOTE HIM, BUT IF TRULY HE SAID SO, BELIEVE ME GOD IS NOT SLEEPING
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freethinker (m) at 6-04-2015 11:31AM
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IF GOVT FAIL TO ARREST THIS MAN, THERE WILL BE TROUBLE IN NIGERIA
WHAT HAVE IGBOS DONE THAT THEY ARE ALWAYS AT RECEIVING END?
THAT COUNTRY BELONGS TO EVERY BODY, IGBOS CAN NEVER BE NO,2 CITIZEN IN THAT COUNTRY
IGBOS ARE BLESSED BY GOD ALMIGHTY, THE CHOSEN GENERATION, GOD'S OWN PEOPLE!
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femjay (m) at 6-04-2015 11:35AM
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Quote from: freethinker on  6-04-2015 11:11AM
FEMI, U ARE A FOOL, BIGGER FOOL THAN I THOUGHT, GO AND READ WHAT THAT OLD CANNIBAL VOMITED WITH HIS MOUTH
HE DESERVE NO RESPECT, A RESPONSIBLE HUMAN CAN NOT VOMIT THAT

Hey young war lock, You must be a Retarded fool .............I ve already read the fabricated story online today ......bt I find it hard to believe that ....besides  if the OBA  say all those in the story...... Must you utter irrevocably to an elderly person like that ......

Why cant you do ur comment without bring YORUBA into it ........ That why am accusing you.....I will say you are a myopic Idiot ......becos you lack decorum .... .

Stop all this tribalism act and always comment according to the situation on ground ........
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beneno (m) at 6-04-2015 11:52AM
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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Ennyolalekan (m) at 6-04-2015 12:11PM
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Huh?Huh?Huh??
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bong11 (m) at 6-04-2015 12:14PM
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Quote from: femjay on  6-04-2015 11:35AM
Hey young war lock, You must be a Retarded fool .............I ve already read the fabricated story online today ......bt I find it hard to believe that ....besides  if the OBA  say all those in the story...... Must you utter irrevocably to an elderly person like that ......

Why cant you do ur comment without bring YORUBA into it ........ That why am accusing you.....I will say you are a myopic Idiot ......becos you lack decorum .... .

Stop all this tribalism act and always comment according to the situation on ground ........

Hey Femjay, you yourself must be a fool to throw your support to that senseless idiot called Oba. If that fool you called your oba makes himself like bread then children will butter him and eat him like bread. Well, he is not an exception from other Yoruba`s. that talk as if God forgot to give them brain during the creation. Since you called him your Oba go and tell him to go and borrow brain because when a Yoruba man realises that he does not have brain he will borrow brain because from birth God forget to give them. After all his mother was pregnant before the then father (Oba) married her without knowing. from his speech, the whole Nigerian will know that is not his father that born him after the Election.

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Eniang1 (m) at 6-04-2015 12:55PM
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You are welcome our erudite, learned and dynamic Govneor in waiting.. We the entire Lagosian are solidly behind you. As explamplifed with that of General Buhari, we refuse to be partian, but look forward to candidate with people's interest.. Once again, welcome sir, we look forward to celebrating your triumphant and undeniable victory, come April 12. We love you sir...
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freethinker (m) at 6-04-2015 01:01PM
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Quote from: Eniang1 on  6-04-2015 12:55PM
You are welcome our erudite, learned and dynamic Govneor in waiting.. We the entire Lagosian are solidly behind you. As explamplifed with that of General Buhari, we refuse to be partian, but look forward to candidate with people's interest.. Once again, welcome sir, we look forward to celebrating your triumphant and undeniable victory, come April 12. We love you sir...
U HAVE SAID IT ALL!
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echeeche (m) at 6-04-2015 02:05PM
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 Grin
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odegbalegu (m) at 6-04-2015 02:16PM
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I look forward to the day when our democracy will be so matured that a candidate will be voted into power not because of his tribe, religion or party but what he has for the development of the society.
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