Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje, on Thursday lambasted the All Progressives Congress-led government in the state for trying to portray him in bad light.
Agbaje, who expressed his anger at a rally organised at Apapa and Amuwo- Odofin local government areas, said rather than resort to mudslinging, the party (APC) should focus on issue-based politics.
Addressing the supporters, Agbaje, who decried the campaign of calumny against him by the APC, said he will be focused in his quest to liberate Lagosians.
He said, “As you all know, I am contesting against three candidates. One is the puppet, the two others are the puppeteers. They have said am too old to govern the state but I still look younger than them. I do not have experience but I want you to know that governance is not about experience but it is qualification.
“So far, we have done two debates, those of you who watched the debate will agree with me that we floored the APC candidate. They have resorted to using all manner of ways to portray me in a bad light. Recently they said I am a tax evader but only this month, the state government sent me a letter commending me for paying my tax promptly”.
Promising to complete the on-going Lagos-Badagry express way project, Agbaje berated the state government of using the project as an avenue to siphon fund.
He said, “When they started this road, they told us that the road will be ready by 2012 but as you can see, this road is yet to be completed. They plan to toll this road but it is an avenue to get money for themselves. I want you to know that they are using this road to siphon money into their pockets. By the grace of God, we shall complete and commission this road”.
He assured that a PDP administration under him would have a human face, saying, “we will not discriminate against anyone especially the non-indigenes.”
Also, the state chairman of the party, Tunji Shelle, accused the state government of inflating projects embarked on by the administration, promising that a PDP government will ensure rapid development at the grassroots.
Shelle said, “I want to assure you that as a PDP government, we shall ensure that development gets to the grassroots. The APC government is spending twice the money on the projects it has embarked on. There is monumental fraud by this government but I want you to know that we shall give you value for your money. A PDP government will ensure you get dividends of democracy.”
Source: Daily Independent