Jimi Agbaje is the Governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State. He was at Lords Chosen Charismatic Revival Ministries’ Crusade at the church International Headquarters, Ijesha, Lagos on Sunday, where he called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to be fair and balanced. CYRIACUS NNAJI writes.
Titled “From Sorrow to Joy” the crusade was marked by miracles as thousands of those afflicted by demonic and satanic bondage received healings.
While speaking to journalists on his mission to the Chosen, Agbaje said “Don’t forget I am a Christian first and when you look at the programme of this event ‘From Sorrow to Joy,’ it’s very instructive. To listen to testimonies of those who have moved from sorrow to joy. After today, Lagos State and the entire country will move from sorrow to joy,” Agbaje said.
On what his fears are about the election, Agbaje said agencies saddle with conducting the election should be fair and balanced “We hope that the agencies that are responsible for bringing about fair and credible elections are going to be fair and balanced and that the security agencies are going to do their work rather than to be seen as a political party or the other. And of course the political class must see this as something that must be done well; and democracy must move forward. We cannot run our democracy based on rigging. It must not be based on violence. It is important that we allow our people to come out and vote; let the will of the people be done.”
He also spoke on his vision for Lagos State. “Lagos has worked much better than it is today, a Lagos where the teeming masses of our children can be well educated in a public school, educated in a way that they can hold their own anywhere in the world. Don’t forget that the knowledge of the economy today is a technology economy. My vision, we must begin to put our public school as the private schools because there was a time in this country that public schools were better than private schools.
“Our children are no more going to public schools because they feel there is nothing there. A healthy person is a wealthy person so we have to address our health sector. By the time we take away the issue of health and education from the problem of the masses then life will be much better for them.
He said his government would make sure non-indigenes benefit from PDP administration in Lagos State “Then the other issues for people doing business in Lagos. For instance, non-indigenes want to know that they will feel at home in Lagos. We have to look at such situations. People want to know if they want to set up business in Lagos they want to see government as partner facilitating their business rather than somebody trying to disturb their business. That is the thing to make life better and I believed it will give value for money. We believe that Lagos State has a lot of money, but it is not being spent it well.”
Agbaje said if elected education, power and water would form the fulcrum of his administration. “We will give power and by the time we give power we have committed ourselves to putting one thousand Megawatts of power in the first 18 months of coming into office and another 2000 by the end of four years; that is adding three thousand Megawatts to Lagos in an embedded power system. What that means is that Lagosians, the artisans, business, because we need about 4000 Megawatts of power generally in Lagos. If we are able to add 3000 Megawatts to power, then there will be stable electricity in Lagos, business will be better, there will be ease of doing business in Lagos. Lagos is very business unfriendly, it drives people away, it charges multiple taxes and levies. These are things we must stop and these are some of the things we said we will do.”
He extoled the excellent service of former Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande saying “There are two types of politicians, those who seek power for self and those who seek power for service. I believe there was a time we had the government of Alhaji Lateef Jakande who sought power for service and we could see that he served the people. There are those that had been there for the past 20 years and they sought power for themselves. You could see that so many things are happening, there is no water anywhere in Lagos, education is bad, health is bad there is no water anywhere in Lagos. So what will they say they have been doing with all the money?” Agbaje asked