LAGOS—FORMER Deputy National Chairman (South) of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olabode George; erstwhile Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro and governorship candidate of the PDP, Mr Jimi Agbaje yesterday flagged-off the party’s governorship campaign lambasting the current state government of running a government without human face.
They also said that if voted into office, the PDP will bring a change to governance in Lagos State.
The trio said this at the flag-off rally held at Skypower, near Archbishop Vinning Anglican Church in Ikeja.
Addressing party supporters yesterday, Chief George, who accused the All Progressives Congress-led government of mortgaging the state said; “In the last 16 years, they (APC) has taken us on a journey to no where.
“Lagos has been mortgaged, Alpha Beta has been taking N5 billion every month from our treasury, we cannot continue like this, there must be change.”
He urged Lagosians to cast their votes for President Goodluck Jonathan and Jimi Agbaje during next month’s general elections saying “PDP is a party to trust.”
The PDP chieftain also warned PDP supporters to eschew violence during the election urging them to, however, protect their votes.
“The APC is not ready to win but I want to appeal to you to ensure there is no violence during the elections but also know that, we will not allow them to steal our votes again. Jimi Agbaje is okay, please vote for him,” George said.
Reassuring party members that there was no division in the Lagos PDP, he said: “I want to say this to our teeming party members that in Lagos State, there are no dissenting voice in our party, we are one.”
In his remarks, former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Obanikoro took a swipe at the APC governorship candidate, Mr Akinwumi Ambode, saying that “Ambode does not have what it takes to govern Lagos.”
He noted that Agbaje remains the best candidate among the contestants.
Canvassing support for Agbaje, he said; “Our candidate is his own man and not an archaic civil servant that does not have what it takes to govern Lagos. We do not want an emperor in Lagos but a man with the fear of God.”
He faulted the taxation burden on Lagosians, saying “since 1999, we have been paying taxes in Lagos but Alpha Beta collects 10 per cent of our taxes.”
On his part, the PDP governorship candidate, Mr Agbaje berated the state government for not implementing people-oriented policies.
According to him; “The present government has no human face for anybody, they only think about themselves. We have gone round and we have answered so many questions. They (APC) say they want continuity, but we are saying that we want change. There is nothing like continuity. The election is for us to win but we must work for it. We’re going to show the people that we are on ground.”
Agbaje also expressed optimism that he would emerge victorious at the end of next month’s governorship election.
Also, former governorship aspirants, Messrs Deji Doherty, Tokunbo Kamson and Babatunde Gbadamosi, who contested against Agbaje at the primary, pledged to work for success of the party at the polls.
Notable party leaders present at the flag-off include former Minister for Works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe; former Minister for Integration in Africa, Dr Abimbola Ogunkelu; former acting PDP secretary, Mr Remi Akitoye; Mrs Modupe Sasore, Dr Modupe Chukwueneke, Chief Bode Oyedele, Mr Hakeem Gbajabiamila, Alhaji Kola Balogun and Senator Semiu Kukoyi among others.
CPP endorses Agbaje
Meantime, the Conference of Political Parties in Lagos State, CPP, yesterday, endorsed Mr. Jimi Agbaje of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as their consensus candidate for next month’s governorship election in the state.
Spokesperson of the group, Chief Adesumbo Onitiri, who appealed to Lagosians to cast their votes for Agbaje, said: “The PDP flag-bearer, Jimi Agbaje remains the best candidate needed at this moment to end the slavery, oppression and dominance of one man rule in Lagos State. Inspite of the 16 years of APC rule, the state is still rated as one of the dirtiest city in the world and the most unsafe to live in among world capital cities.
“APC government has failed to provide portable water, good education, affordable housing for the masses and good access to health. Go to Ipaja, Ojo, Ejigbo, Ikorodu, Agege, Ikotun, Isolo, Ikeja and see the bad state of roads, and you will feel sorry for Lagosians who go through hardship. Inspite of the huge internally generated revenue, most of which is siphoned into private pockets, the state is still largely underdeveloped,” he lamented.