•‘Ex-ruling party planned to cripple Lagos councils’

The Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday urged the residents to reject the promise of freedom by the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

APC noted that a party that rejected the creation of additional local council development areas (LCDAs) in the state cannot defend its interest.

The party said the PDP had started making fake promises to hoodwink and deceive voters out of the opposition’s desperation for power.

In a statement in Ikeja, the state capital, Lagos APC Publicity Secretary Joe Igbokwe said the PDP will fail at next year’s polls, reminiscent of its previous failures in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015.

He said: “Lagos PDP is talking about freedom but they forgot how we fought to create the 37 LCDAs against their PDP’s tyranny led by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Lagos local government area (LGA) fund was seized for years to blackmail and punish Lagos. But Lagos progressives stood their ground and the rest is now history.

“Jimi Agbaje is promising Lagos Fourth Mainland Bridge, but he may not know how a Lagosian, Adeseye Ogunlewe of Lagos PDP, used his position as Minister of Works and Housing under former President Obasanjo to scuttle the laudable project after Asiwaju Bola Tinubu had secured an agreement with a Chinese company to build that very important bridge.”

Igbokwe said former Governor Tinubu would have built a 24-hour power supply project, if the Federal Government, under Obasanjo, did not use its enormous power to stop the project, hiding under the premise that matters of power generation is in the Exclusive List.

The APC spokesman recalled that when Asiwaju Tinubu’s successor, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), wanted to build independent power plants for street lights at Alausa, Akute water project, the old state secretariat at Ikeja, Island General Hospital, the State House at Marina and Lekki, the PDP government wanted to erect roadblocks.

Igbokwe said Lagosians will continue to vote for APC because successive progressive administrations uplifted the state and built lasting legacies.

He said: “Attempts were made to get permission from the Federal Government controlled by Jimi Agbaje’s PDP to rebuild Lagos Airport Road and Badagry Expressway. Fashola later got permission from former President Goodluck Jonathan to start the Light Rail Project from Marina to Okokomaiko and got the permit to rebuild Ikorodu Road, Funsho Williams Avenue, Ozumba Mbadiwe Street to Lekki. Today, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is building Lagos Airport Road after securing permission from President Muhammadu Buhari.

“For 16 years in Lagos, the progressive government, led by Asiwaju Tinubu, Fashola and Ambode have worked so hard to free Lagos from the firm grip of the power that be in the PDP and thank God for the coming of a progressive government in Abuja which has made things easy now. This is the reward of many years of perseverance, courage, hard work and commitment by the successive progressive leaders in Lagos.”

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He added: “In 2003, Jimi Agbaje’s PDP stole all the states in the Southwest, except Lagos. Chief Bola Ige, Obasanjo’s Attorney General, was murdered in cold blood to pave the way for PDP’s criminal escapades in the Southwest. His wife, the late Justice Atunike Ige, could not survive the shock of her husband’s murder. Chief Abraham Adesanya, the leader of the Yoruba nation then, never recovered from this open day robbery the PDP initiated and executed with clinical process and execution.

“You can now see why Lagosians do not like the PDP and will never like the PDP. So, when the confused and inexperienced Jimi Agbaje talks about freedom in Lagos, we remind him that ignorance is not an excuse. We remind him that we know what real freedom is all about and how we got to where we are today.

“Jimi Agbaje has no experience and knowledge of the public sector. He has nothing to bring to the table except the miserable and poor experience of managing one small pharmacy shop in Apapa with no branch anywhere in Lagos or across Nigeria.”

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