Agbaje too old to govern Lagos — Fashola

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola. Photo credit: Sun Newspaper

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has told Lagosians to vote a young, vibrant candidate who would be able to withstand the rigours of governing the state.

Mr. Fashola stated this Wednesday at the special rally of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos.

The Lagos State governor described Jimi Agbaje, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, gubernatorial candidate in the state, as a 60 year old who would be unable to cope as a governor.

“You know what you must do. Open your eyes clearly,” Mr. Fashola told thousands of party supporters in attendance.
“You see, this job 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 (Mr. Agbaje) is already 60, he cannot cope with this job. If you call him at night he will not take your phone.”

Mr. Agbaje is 57 while Mr. Ambode, the APC’s governorship candidate is 51.

Muhammadu Buhari, the APC presidential candidate, is 72.

Mr. Fashola also urged Lagosians to ensure that they collect their Permanent Voter’s Card, PVC, from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, before the end of January.

“Your right to vote is not the gift of any government. It is the right that you have as a citizen in any part of the world where democracy is practised,” said Mr. Fashola.

“So whether INEC give you PVC or they give you TVC, INEC is just helping to do a job that is yours as a right. On Election Day, you will be entitled to vote and nobody, let me repeat, nobody can stop you from exercising your right to vote.”

In his address, Mr. Ambode said that the APC was out to make Lagos work for everyone.

“We are not going to leave anyone behind,” said Mr. Ambode, a former Accountant General of the state.

“Lagos is a cosmopolitan state, be you Igbo, be you Efik, be you Hausa, be you Yoruba, APC will stand for you. We have been doing it for the last 16 years and that is what we want to continue to do.”


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  • True Nigerian

    Let us be consistent, Mr Fashola. Ageism is wrong; it is discriminatory and is almost the same thing as racism; it has nothing to do with merit. If a man or woman can do a job, he or she can do it, regardless of age. Governing Lagos is not the same thing as working at a coal mine or cutting timber in a forest. If Lagos is too big to be governed by Jimi Agbaje at 60, then how small is Nigeria for Buhari at 70 and Hilary Clinton at 68?

    I support the change agenda which Buhari somewhat represents. But consistency is crucial for me, and it is the principal reason I have continued to support Buhari.

    A senior advocate of Nigeria should have seen the gaping hole in this argument.

    • Chidiebere Duru

      Mr Fashola has said it all , lets us for GJ base on Mr Fashola advise Buhari is too old that is what Fashola is telling us indirectly .

      • BuhariOsinbajo2015

        Keep dreaming. #FEBUHARI 2015 All the way.

        • paul preston

          you are the actual dreamer no wonder you want a sleeping grandpa as your president but we the people of nigeria rejects this outright

    • Jon Rhoma

      Those the gods want to kill they first make them mad. Fashola is clearly confused and can’t think clearly any more.

  • Adebenson

    double standard,

  • Spoken word

    If Agbaje is 57 he surely did not age well.

  • Khafilat Adeoye

    But Buhari is 73+ and without WASC !!!!

    It is possible that Fashola was using Agbaje as a decoy to denounce grand-pa-pa Buhari

    • Franklin A. Adolo

      I just wanted to say that Fashola could not say that Buhari is too old in APC’s gathering he has to use this opportunity to tell his bosses that Buhari is too old.

      • Otile

        Well, Tinubu and Buhari brought it on themselves. It was hoped that Buhari would double with Fashola, but for religious sentiments the Yorubas turned around and bypassed Fashola. Do you think Fashola is happy for Buhari/Osinbajo ticket?

        Mind you, Gov Fashola is still a Muslim. Muslims are unforgiving, he will always get back at Ebola Tinubu and Imam Buhari any opportunity he gets.

    • Otile

      God bless you, babe.

  • ikenna

    Funny but Buahri is not? Speaking with double mouths

  • dan

    All those supporting Great Grand Pa (GGP) Buhari, hope you have heard it from your Fasola who knows what the job entails. If Agbaje 57 is too old to govern Lagos (1/36 states of the country), Buhari will be (too old x 36) to govern Nigeria. No amount of kola nut can stop him from sleeping all through meetings, pls don’t take Nigeria back by 50 years. Buhari’s soul is willing, but his body cannot stand the rigor of the job.

  • Eze1

    this is the height of hypocrisy

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    And, Buhari is young and vibrant enough to be President of Nigeria? This Fashola guy is truly senseless.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    With grey hair covering Fashola’s head, we probably need to scrutinize his birth certificate o. APC is not new to academic and birth certificate issues.

    • Johnson

      APC is specialist on Oluwole certificate from Toronto University

  • alimi

    Hello my Governor, you got this wrong.

    • paul preston

      he is simply saying that grandpa Buhari does not have a chance

  • paul preston

    this is news to the ears,you see how apc hates Nigerians and Nigeria,a 60yrs old man will not pick a call at night and not fit for rigour of office but they want to foist a 72yr( official age not resl age) grandpa on us .This we utterly reject GEJ will win landslide

  • Olatunde Brown

    Did Alhaji Raji Fashola go to a good secondary school?

    Some bright commentators here on Premium Times have always said something.
    They say Alhaji Raji Fashola is ‘intellectually empty, crass and thievishly corrupt’.
    I was sceptical at first but now i am convinced that the commentators are on point.

    Muhammadu Buahi is 72-years-old, yet, Alhaji Raji Fashola wants him voted in.
    If a 72-year-old man can run 36 states, how come a 57-year-old man is too old?
    How can a 57-year-old man be too old to run just one state by logical reasoning?
    I am doubting if Raji Fashola has the equivalent education of a school certificate.
    Nothing that he says or does shows me that he went to a good secondary school.

    • Ola Majekodunmi

      …….RAJI FASOLA: WHERE IS LAGOS STATE’S 40 BILLION DOLLARS?

      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 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 Bola 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.

      • Ola Majekodunmi

        …….(2) RAJI FASOLA: WHERE IS LAGOS STATE’S 40 BILLION DOLLARS?

        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 company
        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.

    • Ola D. Majekodunmi

      …….RAJI FASOLA: WHERE IS LAGOS STATE’S 40 BILLION DOLLARS?

      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 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 Bola 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.

      • O. Majekodunmi

        …….(2) RAJI FASOLA: WHERE IS LAGOS STATE’S 40 BILLION DOLLARS?

        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 company 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.

        • Alkalimam

          “Mallam El-Rufai wishes to remind General Buhari that he has remained perpetually unelectable
          because his record as military head of state, and afterwards, is a warning that many Nigerians
          have wisely heeded. His insensitivity to Nigeria’s diversity and his parochial focus are already
          well-known.

          In 1984, Buhari allowed 53 suitcases belonging to his ADC’s father to enter Nigeria,
          unchecked, at a time the country was exchanging old currency for new. Against all canons
          of legal decency, he used retroactive laws to execute three young men for drug-peddling
          after they were convicted by a military tribunal and not regular courts of law.

          Buhari was so high handed that he gave himself and his officials immunity even from truthful reporting. That obnoxious Decree 4, against which truth was no defence, was used to jail journalists and attempt to cow the media as a whole. That tyrannical legislation shows
          the essence of his intolerance; and these are facts of recent history.”

          ….. ………..Nasir El Rufai

          [April 4th, 2011]

          • King Romeo

            I wonder what El Rufai is thinking now.

    • Maria

      No, he never went to school at all… he is at the same level as madam this blood we are sharing.

      • Olu Magregor

        @ Maria:

        To be frank, the Muslims in Yorubaland can be quite local, rude, crude, uncouth,
        and utterly supercilious. I just can’t figure out why better-educated Christians
        accept this nonsense since 2002. If the Muslims in Yorubaland lack sense
        of balance and fairness in their overcompensation for inferiority complexes,
        Christians shouldn’t again offer themselves supinely as practice targets.

        • No Comment

          Suleiman Mohammed – an ethnic Yoruba – was arrested in Kano
          on May 11, 2012, with 10 explosive devices and thousands of rounds
          of ammunition in his home. He was a commander for Boko Haram
          operations in his native South-West zone.

          He confessed to planning attacks at strategic targets in Lagos,
          including a five-star hotel, Tafawa Balewa Square, churches,
          markets, and a bank.

          He revealed that Boko Haram does not want to limit itself to an “ethnic agenda”
          and be perceived as working for the interests of the Hausas, who are the majority
          ethnic group in northern Nigeria, or any other ethnic group.

          …………Christian Science Monitor

          [May 11th, 2012]

        • Otile

          Islam is a bane on society. The religion corrupts the thinking faculty of good people.

      • Otile

        Is Buhari a madam now? Wayo Allah.

  • Ismail Ibrahim Bakori

    Wallahi, bad news for Nigeria the same APC progressives pretenders trying to impose Buhari 72 years old man and expired dictator and a coupist on our nation. Nigerians shine your eyes!

  • Christian Youth League

    My People:

    After 15 years of un-interrupted Muslim rule of Lagos state – from May 1999 to May 2015,
    a successive Christian governor of Lagos state is mandatory and non-negotiable, to avoid
    creating by default an Islamic caliphate of Lagos state. But just as it is un-acceptable
    for the Leader of Boko Haram (Mujahedeen Shekahu Abubakar) to select the Archbishop
    of Lagos, so is it un-acceptable for Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu, or his thick as thieves Islamist satrap;
    Oba Akiolu of Lagos, to select a successive Christian governor of Lagos state.

    All ploys by both men, as Muslims, to personally choose a successive Christian governor
    is no more than a clever by half exercise in futility which should be ignored and rejected
    by all right-thinking Lagosians.

    To start with, just as no member of Boko Haram militia – as an Islamic terrorist organization
    is acceptable to Christians for any purpose, so is a member of the All Progressives Congress
    (an Islamist party) un-acceptable to the Christian community in Lagos state at the 2015
    governorship election. The choice of a successive Christian governor of Lagos state must
    be on a non-Islamist party platform. All Christians in Lagos state shall proceed
    from this first principle.

    • Mayo

      Please, remove religion from this. All we want is someone who is capable and who is not an extremist. It doesn’t matter if you’re Xtian, Muslim, Eckist, Sango worshipper, etc

      • Otile

        For sure there must be a Christian capable of being the governor of Lagos State. Another Islamist is an insult on Christians in Lagos. The talk of Eckist and Sango worshipers is frivolous. Muslims have had more than their lion share, unless they don’t want peace in Eko.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Mr Fashola, what about your candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, who is 72? Is he too young to be a president? Yes, the work of the governor is taxing for an old man; is the work of a president very light or lighter than the work of a governor? You see how confused and self-contradictory many of these party chieftains sound? Buhari at 72, is not too old to be president of the federation;but Agbaje, 57 or 60, is too old to be a state governor! Fashola, think again, otherwise you would score an own goal for the PDP. By the way tell us where you have written in your own laws that a man of 60 must not be governor of Lagos State. Folks, you now see why I usually say these political parties are filled with confused men and women whose promises of an El Dorado must be discountenanced. They promise Paradise when they don’t even know the road to Paradise.

    • Otile

      When they shout vote for Buhari/Osinbajo you very well who they have in mind. Imam Buhari is the gateway for Odua people to return power to the West. Who do they think they are fooling_?

  • Federalist2012

    If Agbaje cannot govern Lagos at 57 can Buhari govern Nigeria at 72?. Fashola, are you not indirectly criticizing your presidential candidate? Age matters in the governance of Lagos but does not matter when it comes to the governance of Nigeria! As a Senior Advocate of Nigeria you have kept quiet on Buhari’s refusal to fulfill the basic constitutional requirement of presenting to INEC and Nigerians evidence of his school certificate. Is there a conspiracy among the key APC leaders to undermine Buhari’s candidature?

  • Dayo

    Hypocrisy at it’s height! (This has always been the bane of we Yorubas!) Clamouring for GMB at 72 to rule a nation. But Agbaje at 57 is too old to govern a state.

    • Otile

      This is why we sing: awon omo odua a gbe nyi oooo.

  • Comfortkay

    The last 16 years of Governorship under APC is quite good and one can see different Lagos developed, even without 26 percent of our Oil sales from the Federal government Lagos State could still survive and pay salaries and wages where some Federal government institution have not get salary for the last two months. What people in Lagos need is continuity and that is only possible with Mr Ambode as governor of Lagos. We don’t need any People Destruction Party (PDP) Agbaje experiment in Lagos. EKO ONI BAJE O.

    • adex Bell

      I pitied u

  • Ade

    SAN my nash! !!!

    What a shame hypocrite and a thief. Declare your asset. What is your worth in 2007 and what is.your worth now?

    Praying hard for GEJ and JK to win or rigg lagos state for PDP. That empire must crumble

  • Frank Bassey

    Agbaje is too old to govern Lagos @ 57? Is Gov Fashola really the one saying this? Na wah-o!

  • 9jaBrozz

    Governor fashola why the lie?

    Why say that Jimi Agbaje is 60 years while he is actually 57 years?

    Is it that you think it is approppirate to tell “Small Small” lies or that you are averse to stating facts?

    SMH! All the while, I thought that yoou were one of the Nigerians that are trusthworthy?

  • Wise Head

    If a 57 year old man is too old to govern just Lagos State, then a 72 year old man is far too old to govern a more complex structure like the whole Nigerian nation.