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Jimi Agbaje​’s​ Response to Calls for Lagos to be ​Politically ​Aligned ​with the ​Federal Government – READ



Jimi Agbaje - BellaNaija - April 2015

In light of the recent Presidential Elections in which President-elect General Muhammadu Buhari of APC emerged as the winner; rumors have been circulating that his victory indicates an APC- political alignment for the states, especially for Lagos state in the upcoming governorship elections. 

In light of this, PDP Gubernatorial candidate, Jimi Agbaje from PDP, is using this medium to enlighten and further clarify his stance on this issue and further reiterate that different political parties continue to work in unison for the best interest of Nigeria and her people.

Read his statement below:


Dear People of Lagos, you’ve probably heard the new rhetoric that 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.

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 been about our collective ability to stay ahead of the curve with or 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 people’s interests first before aggrandizement 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 willgovern 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.

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 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.

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  1. ola

    April 7, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Mr Agbaje dont confuse us…Buhari said there will be no ruling party but APC shall be your governing party…..why cut that part out?

    You are running on a very wrong platform,hearing names like koro,bode george,fayose sends shivers down my spine……….no way for you mr

    • Tola

      April 7, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Guys listen to this and you will change you mind about what happened with the Oba. This audio shows the response of the Igbo leaders present after the Oba’s speech. You will hear them laughing with the Oba and making jokes showing they were not offended and they even went ahead to promise allegiance to APC and to vote for Ambode.. In politics always look beyond the surface

    • hmmm

      April 7, 2015 at 4:24 pm


    • TheTAWA

      April 7, 2015 at 7:33 pm

      And your point is????

      FYI Igbo royalties did not visit the Oba. Get your information correct.

      What the OBA said was Wrong !!! Whether people laughed and clapped are irrelevant!!!

    • Lagos slut

      April 7, 2015 at 8:50 pm

      Ola abeg I still can’t deal wit d fact dat “some people” own Lagos and wit a name like Tunibu, I neva knew d Oba of Lagos is evn worse of and who knows who else is in that Cabal??,

    • ikwere PH igbo

      April 7, 2015 at 8:58 pm

      let’s not forget this guys AmboOOh! Fashola o, Jimi o, Tunibu o, Obasanjo o, Atiku o alllllll na Politicians so let’s jus try ds guy Jimi Agbeja na beg I dey beg

    • Ndigbo

      April 8, 2015 at 12:54 am

      Igbo in Lagos: Ire oma eju ji ga n’ogwu
      By Chido Nwakanma
      Many are the fulminations arising from the unfortunate outburst of the respected Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu. This was an intemperate, in-your-face assault. Many Igbo and non-Igbos alike are up in arms. It is important however to note that this unfortunate outburst is illuminating and provides opportunity for stock taking and strategic realignment by all parties.
      At the back of the Oba’s remarks is the growing realisation and fear of the possible power of the non-indigene demographic in Lagos. For most persons, “Omo Ibo” is a catch all for persons who are neither Hausa nor Yoruba in Lagos. It covers the Igbo, Ijaw, Efik and Ibibio, Idoma, Tiv, Itsekiri and Urhobo etc. There is also fear of the loss of a key state like
      Lagos to the PDP as this would undermine the bargaining power of a key player in the unfolding power equation.
      More importantly for the Igbo is the fact of resentment of their visibility and not subtle display of their gains in the city. The fact that no less a personage than the Oba of Lagos has given expression to this should be cause for introspection.
      Some commentators have boasted about Igbo power, Igbo resilience and such like. No doubt, Ndigbo have shown ability to withstand tough conditions everywhere. But this misses the point. The point is about what political scientists discuss under the is and ought dichotomy. Many in the non-indigene community make assumptions and assertions that the hosts find offensive. It is time to change our vocabulary and manage perceptions better. Then work steadily with others to make progress in the desired direction.
      Key learnings from the Oba’s outburst.
      1. Lagos is not a no-man’s land. Clearly, the people of Lagos resent the notion that some describe their land as a no-man’s land, same way the aboriginal Onitsha N’ado resent the takeover of Onitsha by those from the hinterland. Lagos belongs to us all but some persons have right of first mention.
      2. All Nigerians see Lagos as first or second home. The Igbo are no exception. Ndigbo are very visible in the Lagos mix because of the large numbers of their kin involved in open market activities.
      3. Nigeria is not yet ripe for domicile as basis for citizenship. The ought would have someone like me born at the Lagos Island maternity in the 60s and having lived an eight of my life in Lagos, claiming citizenship. The reality (is) is that both constitutionally and by virtue of underlying political economics, we are not ready. Not enough persons of non-Igbo stock are represented in the general Igbo areas.
      There is strong and growing Yoruba presence in Bayelsa, visible like the Igbo because of the nature of their trade in the transport business, but not enough to be a demographic factor of reckoning. Blame economics for it, but also blame the politics of allocation of resources and values. Domicile as basis for citizenship would favour a group not many in Nigeria are willing to grant any favours and would be lopsided given current demographic distribution of ethnicities so it will take a while to happen.
      4. It is in the strategic interest of the dominant tendency in Yoruba land today to keep APC in power in Lagos. Both the dominant tendency and the contestant are willing to discuss terms to ensure representation of non-indigenes. This is where a meeting of minds should happen. Igbo have nothing to lose whoever is in power in Lagos. Both perspectives work. Victory of the dominant tendency is a desirable outcome. However, it makes sense also to effect change in Lagos as it happened at the federal level. It would make the citizen the centre of this democracy. The bottom line remains which party offers the best deal of an enabling environment?
      5. Communication with the growing demographic represented by Ndigbo has been wrong headed and based on triumphalism. It has featured cajoling in the guise of communication.Unfortunately, it commenced with Igbo sympathisers of APC who could not sell their party to the Igbo. Indeed, so poor was their effort or lack of it that APC made no electoral promise to the Igbo nation worth remembering. When they lost woefully therein, as they ought, their sympathisers commenced a calumnious umbrage against the Igbo. The channel noise is so loud communication and thus persuasion is not happening. Unfortunately, the Oba has added to the resentment rather than the persuasion. APC should change its engagement strategy with Ndigbo.
      6. Whatever our feelings about the Oba’s statement, Ndigbo must remain respectful of the Oba and the Obaship in Lagos, as is the tradition of the people. We should accept his rationalisation as akin to an apology, given traditions, and move on. Nothing is gained making him grovel. Nay.
      The backlash against the Oba’s remarks have been strong and articulated well. Enough. Noise would do only so much for Ndigbo in the matter. We should bear in mind the story of the hawk and the chicks. When the hawk swooped on ducks and took its young, it returned to its abode. On enquiry by Mother Hawk, the Young Hawk said the Mother Duck said nothing but went its way quietly. Mother Hawk advised the young to return the loot. Contrarily, when it swooped on the hen and took its chick, the hen screamed and made loud noises. MotherHawk asked its young to go ahead and consume. What is our Plan B? Plan B does not require noise.
      Ndigbo say ire oma ka eju ji a ga n’ogwu. This is the time to understand where we stand, appreciate the sensibilities of other demographic groups, and tread surefootedly but sensibly. Rather than the traditional “they hate us” response, we must now understand what it is that we need to do to remain good neighbours without losing momentum. There will be unprovoked attacks sometimes. The Jews in America are illustrative. They have soft power, but do not bother with seeking the Presidency. It may come someday, but in reality they have as much power as any demographic without titular power in that open manner.
      What the Igbo need is space within which to unleash their enterprise and passion. Ubiquity has made the Igbo the favourite object of anger directed at the other. Nevertheless, rather than allow it degenerate into xenophobia, we should become the unity glue of Nigeria. We should work with every one, haters as well as admirers, to ensure that the unfortunate outburst of the Oba of Lagos turns into a positive rather than a negative for everyone in Lagos but more so for the demographic represented by the Igbo.

    • usuji

      April 8, 2015 at 1:03 am

      we cant afford to be doing trial and error with our future ,be wise

    • sigh

      April 8, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      all this drama about who said what and did what and is now thinking whatsoever is soooo not needed. this Oba everyone is talking about doesn’t have so much influence like a lot of people think. even during lagos festivals sef, is it the whole of lagos that is shut down? of course not, Lagos is a relatively developed city, therefore its expected that the non-indigene population will be at par or even greater that the indigenous population. no big deal. besides his words have been condemned even by the very party he sought to endorse, so can we just move on from this?

      To say you wanna TRY some candidate in the name of change is what i dont understand. has the former party failed woefully? yes they all have embezzled money in one form or the other, but to just try someone else? please hear what you’re saying abeg. i personally have an issue with Ambode being fielded as the candidate, no doubt, but when i hear the “promises” made by this guy in the picture, i worry for what will happen to lagos as we know it if he comes into power. That said, everyone should just ignore inflammatory statements, consider all that you know about the candidates themselves and go with your gut.

  2. Wale

    April 7, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Jk you can’t compare yourself to Awolowo or Mandela, they were lawyers so they knew one or two things about government and law, chief Jakande was a journalist and was already an astute politician and a welk respected publiher, so he knew how politics worked. You haven’t held any political office whatsoever and that could work as an advantage in any other states BUT not in lagos. Lagos is very delicate and complicated. So you would need to rely and lean on bode George and obanikoro, this is a big problem. In the business angle, you have NEVER grown any business or industry. So even within the angle you could have used to your advantage, you still come out as zero. You see, you are lucky Nigerians celebrate mediocrity sometimes and they would use sentiments to make important decisions instead of their brains. You shouldn’t even be running at all. If mike Adenuga or Dangote or the chief Stan Ekeh runs, we would understand. I am not biased, any ethnicity can rule lagos our budget and planning commissioner is an igbo man. But these businessmen I mentioned At least have all proven themselves in the big business arena. Lagos is a mighty complex corporation and it needs an experienced and tested person. We have come too far to go back to wuru wuru, Omo Ita administrations. Gain some more experience and come back in eight years. Another very important thing that stands out glaringly is that you knew you wanted to run this year and you didn’t even bother to go and improve yourself and your credentials.
    Ambode took this very seriously, he quit his job, which by itself is rare in Naija and went into private practice so he can gain experience in public and private. Ambode took time off to go to school in Boston to augment and prepare himself by adding public administration fellowship to his already solid credentials.
    Jk you seem to think that money and pdp will get you through, you took advantage of us. Lagos is serious business. We demand more and better leaders for lagos. Lagos is not a drive through burger joint. It is the 3rd largest economy in Africa. You just are not ready. And PLEASE YOU ARE NO MANDELA nor are you CHIEF AWOLOWO. We want proven credentials. Sorry:(

    • Noms

      April 7, 2015 at 4:03 pm

      Improve credentials?
      What credentials does our president-elect have again?
      He has been preparing for 16 years and which credentials did he present to INEC again?
      Please remind me.
      Vote with your 1 PVC and allow others.
      Good luck to both JK and Ambode.
      whoever fails, please do well to congratulate the other so there can be peace in the OUR Lagos.
      Me sef get inside Lagos.

    • cindy

      April 7, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      At least buhari get experience. Wetin jk get?

    • Bummite

      April 7, 2015 at 6:12 pm

      Hi Wale, dont be so narrow-minded. Siting these icons as examples does infer a comparison to them. Besides, Mandela, Awolowo were not regarded as icons in their struggles. Eventually, posterity was the better judge. I voted Buhari who has little or no education. I don”t care if Jimi has no credentials, paper or otherwise. Character is enough for me.

    • Wale

      April 8, 2015 at 2:37 am

      Thank you, for coming back to me. But I really need people to understand that Buhari has high credentials as well. It is amazing people do not understand military training/schooling and military credentials. Let me put it in easy terms becoming a commissioned officer is equal to having a first degree in a military academy. Then Buhari on top of that has masters degree, and weaponry, strategic leadership and tactical training;then ontop of that he ruled a country – a very large country economy and population-wise. So what exactly are the credentials people keep claiming Buhari didn’t have? This election as really revealed how ignorant a lot of people are-i won’t go into the quality of education that has deteriorated. That will be another time. the more reason we need someone in leadership that appreciates education. Please read up about military training. Having tactical military masters degree in the usa is no small effort. So understand what you are talking about when younsay buhari doesnt have credential. what he has is ambode and jk put together. This is both book smartness and physical in nature. Waec is not all in all. Btw, the Nigeria military just this week said they found his school certificate-politics they say is dirty. I really doubt Buhari would have been admitted to various prestigious schools in the UK and the usa if they didn’t think he was qualified. You certainly can’t bribe your way through a military school in the usa.

    • Blusucre

      April 8, 2015 at 11:55 am

      You just captured my mind exactly…who is fooling who..imagine comparing himself with mandela and awolowo… this man okay?…..these two men have been performing great feats and helping people even before they contested.

    • jummai

      April 8, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      Sharap there, is ambode not tinubu”s bull dog, abegi go and seat down somewhere and stop spitting thrash.

  3. Wale

    April 7, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    JK we get it, your PR people are well paid by pdp. But the fact still remains, you are not ready to run lagos. So no matter how many tv shows and words posted on social media, it still cant address the Koko of the matter. You don’t have the substance to rule lagos. All na cosmetic. Blow big grammar, mmm *decking shoulders* you simply are not the right person. Go back to your pdp cupboard and find someone else, even bring aganga…we would seriously consider him or iwela’s at least they are tested. But you are not,sorry!

    • jummai

      April 8, 2015 at 3:18 pm

      So Ambode the right person, abeg stop putting sentiments. Is Ambode any better?

  4. Olori Tari

    April 7, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Lmaoooo but he was the one that started this argument and thinking before GEJ lost na! he said Lagos needs to align with FG…I heard it from the horse’s mouth…he was so sure JonAthan was going to win it that’s why he said it…

    Now you are retracting. APC is only following what you started sir! God bless x

    • ola

      April 7, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      that na PDP for you na….talking from both sides of the mouth

  5. ama

    April 7, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Dude, you think we have amnesia or what? Weren’t you the who started align Lagos to the centre logic , taking it for granted that GEJ will win?

  6. niola

    April 7, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    ok..yawns, getting tired of elections saga, cant wait for it to be all over, abeg offices go close early on Friday again?? By the way JK sir when you lose on Saturday, will you decamp to SDP? abi this na your last bus stop…….I have nothing against you, i trust you are a fine gentle man,with phonetics speaking tongue however i know the people who surround you, and boy oh boy! I see sharks, ready to consume the structure we Lagosians all worked for….naah men i am not game.

  7. @edDREAMZ

    April 7, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    This lagos matter don tire person…..

    • *curious*

      April 7, 2015 at 6:18 pm

      🙂 Ed, which state do you reside in? Most of your comments are so lighthearted, they make me smile 🙂

  8. Jay

    April 7, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Whilst I’m not crazy about Ambode, at least he’s bringing experience to the table and most of he’s ideas are informed by that. Your boldest idea, that you keep repeating, seems to be building an ocean economy. Whenever I hear you speak about it, it’s obvious you think it’s cool but even you know that it means nothing and will not translate to anything for the masses.

    Just like with the presidential elections, this is a choice between two bad options. Jimi Agbaje, an articulate, exposed man who has no experience, no significant career accomplishments , no “bold ideas” and is so desperate for power he rigged his party primaries and Ambode, a man who has the eloquence of a bus conductor and seems more like a court jester than a king but has worked in government almost all his adult life and at least has a better understanding of governance.

    This is not the time for Lagosians to give into rhetoric. Lagos needs significant economic growth in the next 4years and Jimi, Bode Gorge and the PDP clan are not the ones who will deliver that.

  9. Ada

    April 7, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Lagosians, open your eyes!!!! Bode George, FFK, Obanikoro and the rest of the PDP clan all need a breeding ground since thier money source in the Fed Govt has been kicked out. Don’t let them do to us what they are doing to Ekiti right now. Don’t let your sentiments cloud your reason.

    Ambode is the way to go in Lagos!

    • soraya

      April 8, 2015 at 9:02 am

      @Ada, you think APC are any better??? The same titans in APC now were once members of the PDP and they too dipped their fingers into the money pot, no different from PDP. Take Akume for example- his record as governor in Benue was poor and Benue remains one of the poorest states in this nation yet he is a senator and member of APC; Tambuwal was speaker of the house yet his record was poor but he is now going for governor in Sokoto- these are only two of the many examples I could point out!

  10. lekan

    April 7, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    You don’t even need anyone to tell you what you need do… the way Jimi Agbaje has spoken is just too alluring and amazing… you would see from his response that he’s a cool headed person with administrative leadership skills.. calm and concise! JK we know, JK we trust!

  11. agbeke

    April 7, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Mr JK runs his mouth without thinking first thinking its by big grammar. Oga started the aligning with the centre issue but now that his party has been shamed at the centre he begins to backtrack. NONSENSE! Now we want to practice what you have preached and want to allign with the centre. JK we dont know JK we cant trust! AMBO A TIDE!

  12. bi

    April 7, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    I truly see d point dis man is takes a great insight 2 see dis. let us not cast our vote in ignorance. fashola has done well,but we stil need a better and more developed lagos.enuf of toll gate fees @ lekki,we need more employment,more safety, more stabilities in facilities. Let us not vote for party dis time around but 4 personality.we all Wuld agree dat we dint VOte 4 apc but voted. Buhari and osibanjo.if they had appeared under anoda party we Wuld ve voted dem.we want sum1 who Wuld perform.Nigerians has gone beyond voting 4 parties,now we vote 4 d personality.Every body shuld vote 4 whoever they feel is competent 4 d job.i pray JIMI AGBAJE wins dis election.He is just d best man of D two

    • ola

      April 7, 2015 at 4:15 pm

      are you aware he started this align with federal govt first thinking Jona will win,now jona has lost and he has already started talking as if he did not start the talk first

    • Oluwaseun

      April 7, 2015 at 6:12 pm

      Really? We should vote for the candidate and not the party, like we did to GEJ in 2011 and he ran the Nigerian economy into the ground? No, we need experience in governance, more so an economy like Lagos shouldn’t be the testing ground for Jimi Agbaje’s struggle for power.


  13. Changing Faces

    April 7, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    JK we know… they can call you names, laugh at you for not looking for government funds to embezzle to expand your business, call you inexperienced, but most of us are no fools! We want CHANGE! As a taxpayer in Lagos state, what exactly do I get? Is it roads; tolled. Is it free healthcare? No. Is it playgrounds for my kids? Is it pipe borne water? Is it jobs? What exactly?

    The narrative has suddenly changed. It’s no longer change they preach, it’s continuity. It’s ok to change FG but Lagos must be governed by APC to be effective. How come all APC states aren’t effective since they have the magic wand? People hate to acknowledge that some PDP governors have done well. They believe it’s only Lagos that knows about governance.

    I can not vouch for any man, but out of the 2 I choose Agbaje. I’d rather have him try his bold ideas than be shackled to the belief that without Tinubu, Lagos is doomed! Lagos is greater than 1 man.

    • NCBabe

      April 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      You left out his promise of free internet to all residents of Lagos State, lol!

    • sigh

      April 8, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      if your car breaks down on the tolled express, what do you get? free tow truck service.
      who supplies the traffic information you receive on your radio during the day? oh yeah, LASTMA.
      and who handles the refuse you place in front of your house? lemme think… yeah! its LAWMA
      do i need to mention the BRT buses you ply? (i agree that they’re still not enough for the teeming population in Lagos) a friend even told me his bus was driven by a female driver. besides, a lot of people in this lagos would rather queue for hours for BRT that take danfo buses, plus a lot of people are quick to forget the accidents that used to involve molues.

      plus have you even visited any of these APC states, i have. and i served in one of them.
      yes the change may not be enough, but it is starting to become visible. and change takes time AND effort, not either of the two. of all the pdp states, only Akwa Ibom state has any visible developmental changes.

      so please say something else abeg.

  14. chi-e-z

    April 7, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    I really wish these 2 candidates could work together Jimi is a visionary leader and Ambode is a more realistic/or rather connected leader. It’s obvious Lagos could easily become #1 city in the world atleast in Africa and not less than #3 in the world with just some tight handed visionary changes but I guess Lagosians are scared to be #1…who knows… It’s definitely obvious Lagos will fare better than FG/ rest of Nigeria comparing the gubernatorial debates and candidates for Governorship to embarassing Presidential candidates and debates we had.

  15. Jess

    April 7, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Actually, Lagosians are in love with the status quo – Fashola, and tbh most of us will not like change. So Jimi is wrong when he said “The people of Lagos, in this election are determined to CHANGE the status-quo.” I’m Kinda sad that Fashola is leaving, I dont think Ambode or JImi are up to the task.
    Oh well

  16. ola

    April 7, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    The day this man Agbaje opened his mouth to make statements like……i will elevate Eze ndigbo to the status of Oba in lagos…….. i knew he just started digging his grave.

    • ola

      April 7, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      How can you say you will elevate Eze ndigbo to the status of Oba of lagos?that enough to annoy the Oba

  17. NIRA

    April 7, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Isn’t it funny how the PDP spins a story once it favours them. Jimi wanted to align Lagos with the FG, now his “FG’ has lost he has come to attack the APC for wanting the same. I feel it’ll be unfair for Lagos to still be in the opposition after being in the opposition for the past 16 yrs. Oba Akiolu is not Ambode, he made a very silly careless remark, but I hope Lagosians would forgive Ambode for Oba’s remarks and vote for him still. Lagos should move forward, not backward. Something tells me the Oba is working for the PDP secretly! I’m not a Lagosian, but I hope Ambode wins.

  18. Nneka

    April 7, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    As an Igbo woman I and family actually support Apc simply because we love fashola (though he has his issues) and I personally hated lagos under pdp

    As much as us igbos might be irritated over the past few days there are still some of us that think independently.

    The only issue I have is that if the presence of igbos in lagos truly disgust some yorubas why then did the Nigerian people not let us go when the igbos were ready to leave? why sell us one Nigeria?

    The truth is that why the middle class and traders keep insulting each other and using tribal insults the Elites are in their houses drinking wine and having a good laugh at us, Left to the Elites there would continue to be one Nigeria as their pockets continue to get fat through resources from the whole country while the rest of us keep giving ourselves headache. The sooner we learn to change our mindset the better….

    Anyways let the best man win. I actually like JK as a person but not a fan of PDP

    • ola

      April 7, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      The end part of your comment is not true,A Tinunbu wont dine with a Fani kayode or Fayose..

    • Nneka

      April 7, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      Lol @Ola is not that serious o…Jimi looks cute and innocent like someone that really wants this, to live his dream of being a governor, I mean he’s been trying for years but I just prefer APC record even if they have their issues as well as a party (I’m not a die hard fan or political fanatic) but yh over the past few years apart from cross river and akwaibom under pdp, the APC states have tried.

    • Change

      April 7, 2015 at 5:31 pm

      You do know that Lagos has never been under PDP rule? Ambode isn’t Fashola right? The Lagos that is working isn’t working for everyone. Why people think that APC rules Lagos is actually frightening. Look at your neighbors where “APC” rules, any progress?? Lagos is ruled by “Tinubulism”. A state were even to the commissioner level it is hand picked by one man. Everyone is crying for change & the nation hopefully is moving forward but some Lagosians want to continue to leave in ” the one we know before”.

      I’m a Buhari supporter but come Saturday just I wanted change for Nigeria I want change for Lagos. We cannot be feeding the hands that takes from us.

    • Nneka

      April 7, 2015 at 5:56 pm

      I hear you and agree…. but that is the beauty of us humans we have different opinions…. I think you may be right that lagos is beginning to look like its run by a cult and people are scared of change… who knows.. lets all go out and vote and may be the best man win and the defeated lose in peace…

    • Honey

      April 7, 2015 at 9:36 pm

      hey, about APC states not working. Abeg don’t say that again, check d stats. Apc states are doing way better dan pdp states, no comparison abeg. Is it Oyo osun,. Actually b4 Buhari won federal, I have been saying south west will leave d rest of Naija behind. D difference is clear o. Ogun nko, if u ve never left Lagos I understand but pls ask people who live in these states, dats why it’s hard to sell another party in d sw. Forward thinkers just like Awolowo days.

    • seriously

      April 7, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      Nobody forced igbos to stay. Igbos had no choice but to stay bcos its not greener on the other side. Igbos just want be delusional about the real story and keep mentioning somrthing that was inevitably an EPIC FAIL.

    • Nneka

      April 7, 2015 at 6:39 pm

      Lol please how can you predict it was not greener?…..hmm i can’t tell…..but a war and starvation of the people that led for 3 years definitely had some kind of “force” behind it. Anyways lets all make due of the situation now and move forward..

    • jessy

      April 7, 2015 at 8:03 pm

      You sound so ignorant.

    • jessy

      April 7, 2015 at 8:04 pm

      You sound so ignorant. @ Nneka, sorry mistakenly commented under you post

    • nnenne

      April 7, 2015 at 11:38 pm

      Pick your history books or better still ask the elders why Nigeria fought Biafra for 3 years!
      You can not change history just like that. Just saying. ..

    • joor

      April 7, 2015 at 9:17 pm

      U re voting d man not party

  19. Concerned

    April 7, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Mr. JK (Just Kidding) I did not bother reading your long epistle.
    Your CABAL has blocked your chances. You got it wrong this time around.
    For cying out loud, how can you align with the likes of Bode George (ex-convict of embezzling public funds), Koro (known drug peddler), FFk…razor mouth..speaks first before thinking), Fayose that has no regards for even his own mother..haba!!! all for politics, Okupe (a medical doctor that is that wonder he is not practising. Abi how does he want to advise his obessed patients? and You sef gangan come be tax evader!!!!!
    You need to retrace your steps as my people say “show me your friends and i will tell who you are!
    Now they are all jobless and hungry vultures now… they will all decamp to Lagos and begin to reap where they have not sown. We have worked too hard for this our Lagos o..we cannot watch it go into wrong hands.
    We like to go by your advice then that we should align with the have well-said!!!!!!
    We appreciate your efforts……….you can try again in 2019..okay?

    BN..I beg my comments o..One Naija!

    • usuji

      April 7, 2015 at 8:51 pm

      i totally agree with you ,now that the pdp has lost the presidential elections,their next target is lagos. “show me your friends and i will tell who you are”,those okupe and fayose are looking for another opportunity to come and be making mouth and embezzling funds again. lagosians vote wisely ,.lagos is already moving forward ,vote who will continue to move it in that direction,and not wisely !

  20. Lanre

    April 7, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    the way this man says one thing today and says another tomorrow shows how much he lacks Principle. If you want to be bad, let him be bad. let us know that this is who he is. look at Fayose as irritating as he is, he is being the big bad wolf and he doesn’t give a d-a-m-n about it.

    Jimi Agbaje was the one spinning this alignment with the centre crap when he thought GEJ was going to win, now he is saying something else.

    not that Ambode or the people behind him are saints, but we are currently presented with two evils and we need to look choose the lesser of the two evils seeing as we have no choice, LOL. We do have another choice——-let all “ï dont want Ambode”and “ï dont want agbaje” votes go to MP3 party

    Pastor Kayode Jacobs for Governor

  21. Sunshine

    April 7, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    I am not going to waste my valuable time reading this crap from a dead beat tax dodger. Go clear your debt first before discussing further.

  22. bim

    April 7, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    To changing faces and to change I say thank you for been realistic,i don’t know why we are all scared of bold ideas and we still want to continue under tinubulism,yes we know lagos osun etc is workin but we all know dat tinubu is ruling dos states, beneath,i don’t ve aproblem with ambode but I ve a problem with d fact dat tinubu handpicked him.we new new changes new and bold ideas,we can not continue 2 hold on 2 continuity.Lagosians shuld not be scared,any1 dat doesn’t do well,we will gladly vote dem out.but personally with no sentiments attatched,i think Jimi agbaje will do better.

  23. nawa

    April 8, 2015 at 9:35 am

    If u people can hav so much hate for one of your own jk. what then will u do wit de rest of. Us.. Shame. Shame. Let dis election jus come and go sef..

  24. mzyinkis

    April 8, 2015 at 11:41 am

    JK is a nice man, a good man.he can change lagos, he can bring bold ideas to the table but he is moving with the wrong crowd.pdp just wants lagos by all means because they lost at the federal level. in politics,voting for the man doesnt work, its the party you are voting for because the party can corrupt the good tidings the man has for the job. i have met with JK before and i know what he is like but pdp just wants to use him to penetrate into lagos.

  25. Joel I.

    April 8, 2015 at 11:41 am

    With kudos to BRF’s achievements, I’d like to point out that Fashola is a man of self discipline. If he “totally” followed Tinubu’s lead, Lagos would not have been this better.. I think it’s in our interest if we dn’t give Lagos to APC this time because it will definitely get into their head when they have the federal, Kano, and Lagos. I have always believed in JK as a person. On experience, experience doesn’t guarantee you would do the right thing when you get into a political office. Giving a benefit of doubt, Jimi Agbaje has my vote. Meanwhile, GTBank has not crumbled under his younger brother, Segun Agbaje. Jimi has a name to protect, an image to build. For me, JK is OKAY!

  26. Chris

    April 8, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Let God choose the next Governor of Lagos.

  27. Fola-

    April 8, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    i will like to apologize for my earlier comment ,thought my comments had being removed but turned out I was reading a similar but different post, am sorry

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