How candidates fared at Lagos governorship election debate

Jimi Agbaje

Brilliant ideas to make Lagos a better city were in abundant supply at the 2015 Lagos State Gubernatorial Debates at the Archbishop Vining Memorial Cathedral in Ikeja on Thursday, as candidates vying to become the next governor put across their plans to the public.

Education, urban transportation, security and alternative ways of generating revenue for the state, and the economy dominated the discussion. Though some of the contestants clearly showed that they have no business vying for the governorship position of Nigeria’s centre for commerce, the overall performance surpassed previous debates.

The contestants relied on statistics from the government, World Bank and the United Nations to buttress their points. One thing was clear to the thoroughly thrilled audience: Except for a few candidates, whoever emerges winner in the February 21 election, Lagos would be in good hands if the words said Thursday are matched with action.

The event kicked off few minutes past 11 a.m. but the pew of the large church was already completely filled with members of the public and a good number of others, who couldn’t find seats, remained outside.

The debate, which was organised by the Lagos West dioceses of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion in conjunction with the Dioceses of Badagry and Lagos Mainland, was moderated by the Bishop Theologian of the Church and former Chaplain of Lagos State University, Dapo Asaju, who is a professor of Theology.

The panellists for the debate were President, Nigerian Guild of Editors, Femi Adesina, Managing Director Excel professional Services Limited, Oladimeji Alo, and Managing Director, Business World Newspapers, Ray Echebiri.
Bishop of Dioceses of Lagos West, Olusola Odedeji, while appealing to the contestants to shun violence, told them that election is an order to serve and there should be reason for violence.

“Voters are king. The society should be the ultimate winner when election is conducted without fear or favour,” he said.

Mr. Asaju told the contestant that the state of the country is a clear testament that we are a leaderless people and they should see this opportunity as a chance to lead. He said politics and religion are interwoven and should complement one another.

“Politics is not alien to religion. You would be leading people across religious divide. If one part of the nation hurts all of us are in pain,” he said.

Below is our analysis of what the candidates presented as their plans for the state and our assessment of how well they performed. Candidates are rated on the scale of 1-10 based on how articulate they presented their plans and the practicality of some of their ideas. The scores only represent basically PREMIUM TIMES’ impression of how the candidates performed.

1. Abiodun Popoola, Labour Party

The surprise participant of the day is the Labour Party candidate. While other parties were represented by their substantive governorship candidates, Labour party was represented by its deputy governor candidate, Abiodun Popoola. Mr Popoola explained that the party’s governorship candidate was in Abuja for an urgent assignment and couldn’t attend. Mr. Popoola reeled out ideas that were so radically brilliant for a running mate that one had to wonder if the gubernatorial candidate was a super human.

Mr. Popoola was articulate and his plans for the state appeared well-rehearsed and delivered with the confidence of a star performer. He announced his entry into the race by declaring that Lagos can no longer afford mediocre leadership since a number of countries look upon the city as a beacon of hope in the continent.

Mr. Popoola, a career banker and pastor, said his party represents the teeming majority of poor Lagosians. He said his party’s main vision for the state is anchored on Education, Security and infrastructural renewal. Making reference to the high failure rate in the school certificate examination in the state, he said education in the state is in shambles. He promised a complete review of the educational policy and promised the re-introduction of school inspectors to monitor ensure standard are adhered to. He lambasted the Nigerians for paying too much emphasis on music and the entertainment industry while science and other developmental aspect of the society suffers.

On free education he said: “The problem with Nigeria are people who went to free schools.” He said professors of the Lagos State University should be flogged for asking for more subventions from the government. He said as professor they should learn to think outside the box for sources of funding the universities.

He was confident and articulated his point clearly. Mr Popoola’s performance at the debate underscored the need for the smaller parties to be more visible and articulate with their plans as some them have ideas that are particularly novel and worth trying.

Score: 6/10 | ******

2. Ishola Aregbesola, Action Alliance

Mr. Ishola was the class clown today and the butt of all jokes. He obviously hadn’t given the thought of becoming a governor any serious consideration. He seemed as one of those political jobbers who seek elective offices hoping to be called aside by the top parties and compensated with appointments.

He started by cracking up the audience. He announced that he did not prepare for the debate because he was not formally invited. He explained that he had only attended the debate as an observer but his name was mentioned as a participant so he decided to join the other contestants. He spent the first 10 minutes granted each contestant reeling out his life history and could only manage to say he would ensure free education in the state is legislated before his time ran out.

Score: 1/10 | *

3. Bola Ogunseye, Alliance for Democracy

Mr. Ogunseye put out an impressive showing. He said he speaks French professionally and retired as a personal adviser to the Chairman of Shell. He said Lagos has been taken over by mafia gang who ask for protection money of all kinds before people could do anything including starting a petty business. He promised to break the extorting antics of the mafia if elected into office.

He promised to follow the tenet of late Premier of the old Western Region, Obafemi Awolowo. Using statistics, he reeled out a long list of micro businesses he would establish if elected. He said the cost of rent is a huge burden on Lagosians, he promised to reduce that cost by building low cost houses and easing access to certificate of occupancy in the state.

Mr. Ogunseye said he would use government patronage to create 50,000 millionaire in the city yearly. On infrastructural development, he promised to build what he called Local Area Mono Rails. He explained that the rail would transport Lagosians within inner cities with ease.

On SME and Youth involvement he said: “We would take the youth as the core of SME growth. We think it is time to re-direct the energy of our youth to development flow.”

Score: 6/10 | ******

4. Jimi Agbaje, Peoples Democratic Party

By miles Mr. Agbaje was the star of the debate. He literally took other contestants to the cleaners with the masterful delivery, use of statistics and data from government and other international organisations. Unlike the raucous response some of the contestants elicited from the audience, any time Mr. Agbaje spoke, the audience stayed quiet.

He started by saying being a small scale business man himself, he knew what it takes to run a small scale enterprise and his government would give priority attention to SMEs in the state.

Mr. said his vision for Lagos is for it to be a mega city where a Lagosian would live in a secure and prosperous environment. “I want to build a Lagos where people can realise their aspirations,” he said.

He said the incumbent government is paying lip service to the development of primary education: “All that we do with education is to pay recurrent expenditure 80 per cent of the budget of education is spent on recurrent expenditure. The government spends 3 per cent of its budget of primary education. This is poor,” he said.

He said he would revitalise vocational skill and education so people with vocational education don’t mere end up as roadside vulcanizers and welders of burglary proofs.

He promised to create an all-inclusive Lagos that represents the cosmopolitan nature of the state: “What makes Lagos bubble is the fact that it brings people from everywhere. The day you begin to deport Lagos becomes a village.”

He also tactically directed all his responses to the policies of the incumbent, APC government. This was a smart move as it placed his policies side by side with the incumbent’s and allowed the listener to quickly appraise the better.

Score: 9/10 | *********

5. Akinwumni Ambode, All Progressives Congress

As the candidate of the incumbent party, Mr. Ambode was placed on the defensive most of the time and this affected his performance during the debate. However, he gave a good account of himself. With a boyish smile permanently stamped on his face, if he was worried by the attacks and taunts directed at him by the other contestants he did not show it. While he spent most of time explaining how he would make the policies of the incumbent administration better, he did not articulate so much of his own original ideas.

He said public service is a noble service and promised to bring the wealth of experience he had garnered from over 25 years of public service to running the state.

“I am an accountant you can count on me. My call to you is to stand up and be counted.”
He said his vision for Lagos is that of leadership and accountability, good governance and quality service.
Mr. Ambode promised to build an educational trust fund to carter for unemployed youths in the state. He also promised to build studio apartments for the teeming youth of the state to ease the housing difficulty in the state.

Score: 7/10 | *******

6. Akele Ayodele, National Congress Party

Mr. Ayodele spent most of his allotted time talking attacking the incumbent. He has a personal history with the party. Former governor of the state, Bola Tinubu, who is the national leader of the APC, fired him from the state civil service for his unionist activities. He seemed to have allowed personal differences to dictate his delivery.

He however promised to provide portable drinking water throughout the state wondering why Lagos that is surrounded by water cannot provide portable water for its inhabitants. He promised to reduce insecurity by providing employment for the youth.

Score: 3/10 | ***

7. Jacobs Kayode, Mega Progressives Party

Mr. Kayode did not disappoint at all. He had spent less than 30 seconds talking before he started drawing loud applauses from the audience due to the brilliance of some of his policies. He pushed for radical reform in education, teachers’ welfare and infrastructural development.

Score: 5/10 | *****


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  • Awarawa

    JK is the man to beat in this gubernatorial election. Hate him or love him, he is miles apart from APC candidate…

    • Funso Ogunsanya

      How?

      • Bode Osanaiye

        JK is an asset.I admire his clout and intellect.The way I see it,his programmes are more concrete and feasible on a sustainable basis

        • Babandum

          GEJ has a PhD but PDP cabals relegated it to the trashbin.

          • Encore

            Lagos now rated the 3rd worst city in the world….

            “The January 2014 global study of cities in the world done by
            the British Economist Intelligence Unit has ranked Lagos,
            Nigeria, as the 3rd worst liveable city in the world. Lagos has
            degraded further from its awful status in 2012 as the 4th worst city.

            On a scale of 100 Lagos now has the third poorest score of
            39.0 of all cities in the world assessed. The study titled
            ‘livability’ assessed particular characteristics of each city,
            such as its crime levels, the threat of conflict, the quality
            of medical care, the levels of censorship, the city temperature,
            the quality of its schools and its transport links.”

            ………Reported by British Telegraph

            [January 2014]

          • Agbesanwa

            OVER LAGOS STATE’S (MISSING) 40 BILLION DOLLARS,
            JUSTICE IS THE FIRST CONDITION FOR HUMANITY!!!!

    • Adavize Alao

      Kindly Expantiate

  • tundemash

    Nice one Lagos .
    When are we having the Presidential debate and no one shoudl think of dodging the Presidential debate this time around only to go debate Dbanj later; cl0wnish !

  • Eze1

    It takes more than oratory skills to win election in Nigeria

  • kay

    Congrats Premium news. For the first time, you were not biased with your reporting.

    • Ayodele

      Humm! did they say what you wanted to hear? Ha.. that is Why!! When it aligns with what you are thinking.. then they are not Bias 🙂

  • Yusuf

    even if he has the foresight, his party, PDP may not let him implement anything good

    • endingNaija

      The reason Jimi is only good for a party like PDP and NOT for Lagos state. We are voting Ambode and APC, and at national level we are voting Buhari and APC. Some issues are just straightforward.

  • Adavize Alao

    Ambode Did very well considering the facts that the odds were against him

  • bikky

    Sure Jimi Agbaje suppose to perform better than Ambode of course,ambode who is relatively new in the filed of politics and Agbaje has been an orator for long,you can remember last governor debate against Fashola he talked better than Fashola but as you know most of the time talking doesn’t do the Job but your antecedent and people you align with will determine how long you will go. I give TALKING to Agbaje and VOTE to Ambode.

    • Babandum

      You are intelligent. People in Gombe made that mistake in 2011 and voted the PDP man because he was more articulate, Now the man failed because the useless PDP cabals took over immediately he won.

    • TrueNja

      Lagos APC propagandist e-rat, ask your asiwaju to tell Lagosians how much is his monthly pension.

    • Funso

      Oh bikky, you got that right! It is Ambode-period.

      • josnel

        sure Jimi Agbaje is the real man with better ideas than Ambode who is just a puppet of Jagaban (Tinubu) irrespective of the party he belonged to. Infact what makes the APC different from the PDP?

  • Chris1408

    Lagos is always blessed with good politicians, from Jakande to Fashola. I wonder why these good leaders from Lagos don’t run for presidential elections. They might be the leader Nigerians are yawning for. Fashola should have been running for APC with Ngige, but my country seems to love mediocrity these days

  • Engr Michael Goodluck Bassey

    Jk is brilliant

  • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

    You won’t see any APC trolls here. None.

    • Shola

      and at the same time Premiumtimes will not be classed as APC own news media

  • Folami

    Let us use our votes wisely. Ambode was clearly unimpressive at the debate. As we can see from the case of our dear Mr. President, inability to properly articulate your policies, plans is not a good sign.
    JIMI AGBAGE ALL THE WAY. WE WILL TAKE LAGOS BACK AND ACHIEVE REAL PROGRESS FOR ALL

    • segun

      Not quite. You are kidding. It i Ambode all the way.

  • TrueNja

    We need change at federal so also Lagos State. Lagos state need change since 1999. Without change, we won’t know how corrupt Asiwaju of thieves and his surrogate are.

  • AJ

    Very good Mr. Agbaje. I expected you would speak well and you did. The only problem is, you are in the wrong party. Show me your friends…Bode George, Obanikoro, et al… and I will tell you who you are. You are likely to end up as one of the best governors Lagos never had. A shame really. As for Mr. Ambode, please polish up your act. What really are you bringing to the table? Tell us what new ideas, innovations and plans you are personally hoping to implement when you get there. What are the 21st Century solutions you’re bringing to governance? What, beyond Tinubu and Fasola’s BRT, do you plan to do about (real) mass transportation in Lagos – one of the few city states in the world having its population size and lacking a rail-based mass transit system. Not mere platitudes like ‘building on the legacy’ of Tinubu and Fashola etc. What kind of synergies do you hope to create with the governments of other south western states such that someone can live in Osogbo and work in Lagos – thus de-congesting Lagos, bringing rent rates down and simultaneously developing other parts of the South West? Someone once described your campaign so far as colourless and unimaginative and that you almost seem to assume that you have already won because you are the APC candidate. I think the fellow was right. Your lacklustre performance of yesterday (never mind Premium Times’ generous score) appears to confirm all this. Please wake up sir. Lagos, as you should know, has the most sophisticated electorate in Nigeria. Protest votes are not unheard of. Ask Mr. Sarumi. Some of us may just end up casting protest votes for the likes of the said ‘clown of the class’ at yesterday’s session!

    • Es3

      Is Ambode in the right party with his friends (or should I say boss) being Tinubu, etc???

      • Funso

        Oh yes Ambode is the right man and in the right party.

        • Es3

          WRONG ANSWER!!!

          Try again next time after Agbaje has been sworn in come May 2015!

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Tinubu- Fashola thieving empire has economically enslaved Lagos and most of Yoruba land. You are putting your money on the weaker horse . PDP will take Lagos !

      • Ukandu

        That cannot be anything near your guys

    • Dez

      Really is that how bad we have become. Sorry we have to ask someone whom we intend to handel our issues to polish his act. Let our conscience guide us. Vote for the right candidate. If we cant stand for our future now we may never get. Sorry our youth can’t read history, can’t make arguments with fact just hear say! Himmm really worried for my country Nigeria whose youth can’t remember their past. What stories shall we tell our children?

  • solozo

    Change means change. If the PDP guy had better ideas, Lagosians need to stand up and be counted for change. They just have to vote Agbaje. Change must be all round

  • D.A

    Seems like the Labour party candidate did not show so that it is not clear to Lagos voters that he is igbo!

  • Bamas

    I would only take direct opinion of anyone who was there seriously. This report and ratings seem biased. The two biggest parties scored the most points even after saying that the other candidates did exceptionally well but they couldn’t score more than 5 or 6. If their respective points were fully highlighted then it would better reflect how well the ratings were given and tell us who we feel is right for the spot.

  • D. Majekodunmi

    Why APC’s Mr. Ambode fumbles with his back to the wall…….

    The almost criminal results of Raji Fashola’s regime have caused Ambode huge credibility problems.
    Ambode cannot be believed that he will run an accountable government which Fashola renounces.
    With official thefts stinking all around Raji Fashola the stench now spreads around Mr. Ambode as well.

    Between May 1999 and now, Lagos state government has earned $40 billion dollars as revenues
    but the money – less salary and running expenses – was partly shared between Bola Tinubu, and,
    Raji Fashola under corporate guise in the worst scam ever in modern Yoruba history.

    In year 2012, Lagos state floated a loan bond of ₦87.5 billion loan in November to borrow
    at 14.5% interest rate and got public investors to subscribe for repayment with interest
    but once the bond was fully subscribed, Raji Fashola took 40% of that money –
    about 35 billion Naira or so – and handed it over in cash to Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu,
    via bogus corporate fronts, namely: (a) Lekki Concession Company, (b) ARM company,
    and, (c) Hitech company;
    in a bogus “buy-back deal” of a supposed concession right
    on the 15-kilometre Lekki Expressway.

    • D. Majekodunmi

      ………………(2) Why APC’s Mr. Ambode fumbles with his back to the wall

      This patently corrupt deal was ostensibly to buy back Lagos state ‘concession rights’
      on the Lekki tolled Expressway, according to Raji Fashola. But what the corrupt and
      clever by half Raji Fashola did not say is that the land at issue belongs to Lagos state
      and was never sold to Bola Tinubu’s company in the first place.

      Or did Bola Tinubu’s private companies invest 35 billion Naira developing the road.
      In other words, by sheer fraud, Raji Fashola paid Bola Tinubu 25 years profit upfront;
      without further work, A lien was then imposed on Lagos state allocation of federal revenue
      for the next 3 years to pay for this 80 billion Naira bond debt by all Lagos residents.
      In effect Alhaji Raji Fashola has destroyed the future of Lagos state with debt burdens.

      Indeed, on May 21st, 2014, the Lagos State Commissioner for Finance, Ayodeji Gbeleyi,
      confirmed that Lagos state debts, as at May 2014, stood at N435 billion –
      including N275 billion in bonds – equivalent to 2.7 billion United States dollars.
      Now discounting monthly interest rates on the commercial portion of this debt,
      the gross Lagos state government debt is now equal to all of the expected
      federal revenue allocation to Lagos in the next 2½ years; now standing at $3.7 billion
      without equivalent benefits on the ground to show for it – dollar for dollar.

      • Edmund

        @ Majekodunmi:

        I think this matter is very simple. Anybody that steals must be caught and punished, not so?
        Hausa Muslims punish with amputation, right? So, the law of punishment in Lagos must follow.
        The law in Lagos says it is imprisonment. So, catch the thieves of this 40 billion dollars now.
        What are you waiting for? You know their names. You know their houses. You know everything.
        So, what’s the problem? Catch these thieves and jail them for 15 years and recover their loot.

      • Invitro

        “Nigeria is no longer a country. It is not a country where people
        can live to survive. Nigeria is a place ruled by criminals and thieves,
        as well as by those who believe in plundering and looting.”

        ……Mbazulike Amaechi

        (Nigeria’s First Minister of Aviation in 1960)

        September 14th, 2014

        • Ukandu

          Mbazulike Amaechi should send a copy of his letter to GEJ’s godfather, Mr. Edwin Clark.

    • sanky

      But I thought there’s an APGA candidate there in Lagos? LOL

  • Why

    Editor Premium Times

    I am not impressed at all with the thought-process of ALL the Lagos candidates, as reported.
    From this news-report Lagos state does not have a chance of pushing back from the brinks.
    These airy-fairy election promises by all the candidates are sheer prodigal expenditure plans.

    But this prodigal tax-and-spend illiterate economics by Raji Fashola led Lagos into this mess.
    How does Lagos state hope to pay the
    $3.7billion dollar debt Raji Fashola incurred as at today?
    With the Naira forecast to depreciate to 200 Naira next month, Lagos’ debt is now near a trillion Naira.
    More tax-and-spend illiterate economics by a new government will sink Lagos into cul-de-sac.
    None of these candidates reported here shows educated understanding of Lagos state’s debt crisis.

    • Oseretin

      “It would come as no great surprise if Bola Tinubu’s boasted great wealth
      did NOT derive from any stupendous inheritance – ancient or modern.
      I have also become aware that he (Bola Tinubu) is a beneficiary of most
      of the lucrative contracts in all the (Yoruba) ACN states, without exception”.

      …………Chief Tom Ikimi

      [August 26th, 2014]

    • Shode

      Which economics does Raji Fashola know in the first place?
      His own understanding of ‘government’ is to keep buying asphalt.
      He just pours asphalt on existing roads and calls it government.
      Lagosians do not yet know what has hit them under Raji Fashola.
      The effect of 75% school cert failure rate is just about kicking in.
      Murders and assassinations will soon render Lagos state un-liveable.

      • Irele

        Wow! But that’s true, actually. This 70-80% WASC annual failure for 16 years will undo Lagos.
        Iraqi-type shooting wars go on since June last year on Apapa Road between armed youths.

        • Dave

          Muslims destroyed national unity in Nigeria and destroyed the Nigerian Army alongside.
          The history of Nigeria will not be complete without whole chapters devoted to the Muslims’
          thorough-going destruction of all that is fair and decent in a peaceful multi-religious country.
          On the flowing blood of Nigerians, Muslim Jihadists are marching on with Islamist genocide.

        • No Comment

          “[On this clamour for a Christian as Lagos state governor]….
          we should not introduce something that will start affecting
          the consciousness of the people. We shouldn’t put in the
          people’s consciousness what they were not thinking about
          before. Even if you look at it closely you will find that the
          dominant people in Lagos state are Muslims”.

          ……..Alhaji Tola Kasali

          (Lagos Commissioner for Rural Affairs under Bola Tinubu)

          [October 25th, 2014]

        • Bode Anims

          How about the daily killings in Akoka, Badiya, Ijora, Bariga, Fadeyi, Otto,
          and at Oshodi and Patey (in Lagos Island) involving mass murder on whole streets?

          • Watchtower

            “Look at the histories of the world: Boko Haram, if not contained and eradicated,
            will be found in the heart of Lagos before you know it. Those who unleashed
            Boko Haram on the nation [Nigeria] are not poverty stricken.

            They are politicians….desperate for power, intelligent enough or perceptive enough
            to recognise that the cocktail of politics and religious fundamentalism can only yield them
            dividends. They think they have nothing to lose.

            But the foot soldiers have been indoctrinated for years, from childhood. And they believe
            that their religion [Islam] is in danger… but Islam is not in danger. It is the pervert followers
            who are being used and who use others and proclaim that they are fighting for Islam.”

            …………Professor Wole Soyinka

      • Revolutionary

        “In Nigeria, the pauperized many have sent a memo to the criminally-rich few:
        ‘We will not allow you to enjoy your ill-gotten gains in peace. We will hound you
        and pursue you everywhere you go. When you buy your Hummers, we will snatch them.

        When you send your children to expensive schools, we will kidnap them.
        When you retreat to your billion-naira homes, you will have to sleep with
        one eye open. With every knock, you will panic and tremble,
        fearing it could be nemesis at the door
        ”.

        ………Femi Aribisala

        [August 28, 2013]

      • Revolutionary

        @Shode:

        Raji Fashola has a case to answer. He and Tinubu blew Lagos state’s $40billion,
        and now, Lagos state owes $3.7 billion dollars – with no public school functioning.
        This is more than financial crime. This is heinous crime against humanity in Lagos!

        • Agbesanwa

          OVER LAGOS STATE’S (MISSING) 40 BILLION DOLLARS,
          JUSTICE IS THE FIRST CONDITION FOR HUMANITY!!!!

  • Town Crier

    Lagos now rated the 3rd worst city in the world….

    “The January 2014 global study of cities in the world done by
    the British Economist Intelligence Unit has ranked Lagos,
    Nigeria, as the 3rd worst liveable city in the world. Lagos has
    degraded further from its awful status in 2012 as the 4th worst city.

    On a scale of 100 Lagos now has the third poorest score of
    39.0 of all cities in the world assessed. The study titled
    ‘livability’ assessed particular characteristics of each city,
    such as its crime levels, the threat of conflict, the quality
    of medical care, the levels of censorship, the city temperature,
    the quality of its schools and its transport links.”

    ………Reported by British Telegraph

  • Kekedu

    So you think winning election is about performance at the debate? Pls go back to class and read Nigerian Politics 101.

    • Bronx

      Even Jonathan that ran away during the last elections debate won

  • Eniriches

    Your score of candidates is very subjective, and as a matter of fact is an expression of your opinion, which you’re entitiled to.
    What gave you away, as to where your preferences lie, is the reference to, Agbaje’s mention of the “so called deportation” of non indigenes out of Lagos. More importantly, you’ve been unable to overcome your prejudices, judging from your name.

  • Gbadebo

    All we want is full account of the $40 billion that Lagos state earned
    in revenues since May 1999. And for all the shortfalls in that money,
    we demand change from Bola Tinubu and Raji Fashola. We gave them
    $40 billion dollar bill. We demand change for their mediocre services.
    Stealing is not our culture in Yorubaland. We must arrest and punish
    both Alhaji Bola Tinubu and Alhaji Raji Fashola for this fraudulence.

    • Shobajo

      APC is more or less a criminal organization – full of Alhajis – signifying nothing.

      • Town Crier

        Lagos now rated the 3rd worst city in the world….

        “The January 2014 global study of cities in the world done by
        the British Economist Intelligence Unit has ranked Lagos,
        Nigeria, as the 3rd worst liveable city in the world. Lagos has
        degraded further from its awful status in 2012 as the 4th worst city.

        On a scale of 100 Lagos now has the third poorest score of
        39.0 of all cities in the world assessed. The study titled
        ‘livability’ assessed particular characteristics of each city,
        such as its crime levels, the threat of conflict, the quality
        of medical care, the levels of censorship, the city temperature,
        the quality of its schools and its transport links.”

        ………Reported by British Telegraph

        [January 2014]

        • Ukandu

          Lot better than FCT Abuja. Ask any decent person living in Abuja!

        • rhad

          So Abuja is the best city in the world. pdpigs don’t think

      • Majeks

        …………(2) Why APC’s Mr. Ambode fumbles with his back to the wall

        This patently corrupt deal was ostensibly to buy back Lagos state ‘concession rights’
        on the Lekki tolled Expressway, according to Raji Fashola. But what the corrupt and
        clever by half Raji Fashola did not say is that the land at issue belongs to Lagos state
        and was never sold to Bola Tinubu’s company in the first place.

        Or did Bola Tinubu’s private companies invest 35 billion Naira developing the road.
        In other words, by sheer fraud, Raji Fashola paid Bola Tinubu 25 years profit upfront;
        without further work, A lien was then imposed on Lagos state allocation of federal revenue
        for the next 3 years to pay for this 80 billion Naira bond debt by all Lagos residents.
        In effect Alhaji Raji Fashola has destroyed the future of Lagos state with debt burdens.

        Indeed, on May 21st, 2014, the Lagos State Commissioner for Finance, Ayodeji Gbeleyi,
        confirmed that Lagos state debts, as at May 2014, stood at ₦35 billion
        including ₦275 billion in bonds, equivalent to 2.7 billion United States dollars.

        Now, discounting monthly interest rates on the commercial portion of this debt,
        the gross Lagos state government debt is now equal to all of the expected
        federal revenue allocation to Lagos in the next 2½ years; now standing at $3.7 billion
        without equivalent benefits on the ground to show for it – dollar for dollar.

        • Ewegbemi Deyemi

          @ Majeks,

          Mr. Ambode – the APC candidate – will himself beggar dis-belief that this is not fraud.
          He can’t justify this plain fraud; or, denounce it as an APC member. What’s to be done?

      • rhad

        pdp is full of pastors and jp signifying corruption, terrorism, hatred, nepotism, insecurity, money laundery, devaluation of naira, economic instability among others

    • Encore

      OVER LAGOS STATE’S (MISSING) 40 BILLION DOLLARS,
      JUSTICE IS THE FIRST CONDITION FOR HUMANITY!!!!

      • Majeks

        Why APC’s Mr. Ambode fumbles with his back to the wall…….

        The almost criminal results of Raji Fashola’s regime have caused Ambode huge credibility problems.
        Ambode cannot be believed that he will run an accountable government which Fashola renounces.
        With official thefts stinking all around Raji Fashola the stench now spreads around Mr. Ambode as well.

        Between May 1999 and now, Lagos state government has earned $40 billion dollars as revenues
        but the money – less salary and running expenses – was partly shared between Bola Tinubu, and,
        Raji Fashola under corporate guise in the worst scam ever in modern Yoruba history.

        In year 2012, Lagos state floated a loan bond of ₦87.5 billion loan in November to borrow
        at 14.5% interest rate and got public investors to subscribe for repayment with interest
        but once the bond was fully subscribed, Raji Fashola took 40% of that money –
        about 35 billion Naira or so – and handed it over in cash to Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu,
        via bogus corporate fronts, namely: (a) Lekki Concession Company, (b) ARM company,
        and, (c) Hitech company;
        in a bogus “buy-back deal” of a supposed concession right
        on the 15-kilometre Lekki Expressway.

  • Wise Head

    The best thing that would happen to Lagos state is for it to be delivered from Bola Tinubu’s vice grip and fangs. Lagos needs to be free from the rapacious, unrelenting leeches sucking it to death. Join the Campaign to free Lagos from Tinubu. Join to today: “The Free Lagos from Tinubu Campaign” is on and running. Vote out his candidates! Vote out his wife!

    • No Comment

      JUST SEE WHAT THE APC PARTY, AND,
      ALHAJI RAJI FASHOLA DID TO LAGOS….

      • Observatory

        “You know what you must do. Open your eyes clearly.
        You see, this job (of Governor of Lagos state) is a tough job.
        When I took this job at the age of 44, i was counting the number
        of white hair on my head. Today, at 52, i am counting the number
        of black hair on my head. Akinwunmi Ambode is younger than me.
        You need youthfulness to do this job. That man – Jimi Agbaje – is
        already 60, he cannot cope with this job. If you call him at night
        he will not take your phone.”

        ……..Alhaji Raji Fasola (Lagos Governor)

        (January 20th, 2015)

        • Andy

          @ Observatory,

          But Jimi Agbaje is 57-years-old? Where in the world is 57 too old for public office?
          And this crass Raji Fashola saying this wants us to vote for APC’s Buhari who’s 72.
          I think Raji Fashola’s submitted school certificates should be thoroughly investigated.
          He does not sound educated or sensible. He sounds closer to a drop-out than a lawyer.

          • pure2mind

            No I disagree, give it to BRF he tried but Lagos would have been 50% better if not for Tinubu.

          • Beni

            A person with a prima facie case of fraudulent theft has tried? Are you okay?

        • Kasumu

          Is Raji Fashola educated up to the level of Muhammadu Buhari? I doubt it.

        • OKON

          lol!!!

    • Nora

      Please how do I join?

    • rhad

      deliver Lagos from Bola Tinubu and Lagos goes to Ex-convict Bode George abi? Better still Lagos will be led by a man who believes that south south will shut their oil when jonathan is not re-elected. Pdp from rank and files are technically deficient.

      • Kalu_J_Okafor

        If south south shut their oil, you may open your tomatoes and onions.

    • delbod

      Anywhere democracy is practiced there are leaders People listen to , Asiwaju is a leader who’s opinion matters in Lagos state politics, how be it, Nigeria in general. Asking Lagos politics to be taken away from Asiwaju is like asking the politics of Texas State in America to be taken away from the hand of the Bush family. It is impossible.

      • Wise Head

        The Bush family are not stealing Texas dry or are they? What a horrible comparison

    • OKON

      agreed……….
      but,tinubu and bode/ogunlewe somebody,who is the lesser of two evil?

      • Kalu_J_Okafor

        Bode never laid hands on Lagos state funds or property neither is he aspiring to be the governor with executive powers. That makes him the lesser thief in Lagos.

        • OKON

          na lie abeg…………..bode/ogunlewe somebody is the main financier and sponsor of agbaje ……………..he WILL recoup his “investments” soon as agbaje enters there and most of it would be taken from tinubu and given to bode ( i have no issue with that as the next occupant after them may do so again)…………..there lies the fears of the apc kingpin…………………..

    • MindYourself

      Jimi himself has voted for his opponent: that statement he made on why we must vote for Jonathan would not only stand in the way of his becoming the governor but ruins his political career. If you doubt me, ask Ebenezer Babatope. Jimi is one of the reasons why Asari is making the intimidating statement against the nation.

  • objective

    It is commendable that the governorship candidate of a party in power could score 7 over 10. That hold way more weight than a 9 over 10 by an aspiring candidate. The reason is simple. In all electoral processes, there is usually this huge initial prejudice against a ruling party. And like the reporter put it, Ambode overcame them to put forward his point. He must be a well composed fellow.

    All said and done, these people are all the same. APC,, PDP etc. If PDP ever wins Lagos ( which I believe it extremely unlikely), then all roads leads to Lagos for the PDP thieves; yet APC can’t cure the headache in Lagos. Tinubu is too overbearing.