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Agbaje Promises to Free Lagos From Godfatherism if Elected
Agbaje Explains His Set Lagos Free Campaign
He disclosed this durimg an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics as he explained the reason for his ‘SetLagosFree’ election campaign.
According to Agbaje, Lagos is still run like a private company.
He condemned the refusal of the state to domesticate its Freedom of Information bill, adding that it does not allow for accountability in governance.
“Lagos is still run like a closed-shop, it is like a private company. Lagos has refused to domesticate its Freedom of Information bill. So, we don’t know what plays out in Lagos.
“We are talking about freedom in the sense that we want to be able to have access to exactly how they are running our government. We talk about freedom where in the last 20 years, Lagos has spent some N7 trillion and we are asking, ‘Have we got value for money?”.
“Out of that N7 trillion, there is a private company that takes a percentage and we are asking, for what purpose.
“There’s a private company or fund collector, Alphabeta of whatever, we don’t even know how much the percentage is. It could be 12 per cent, 10, eight or six.”
He added that it is not about the company being legal but about being moral.
“If you tell me that every amount of money that Lagos collects, there is a private company that is collecting, that’s taxpayers money and I’m asking why should it be and to what purpose?
“These people that collect money, we don’t see them, we don’t see their staff – It is against standard practice.
“A law was made for waste management and the same company was tied to the law… that’s what we are saying, its freedom from Godfatherism, freedom from arrogance, when you make a law and you put a private company as the recipient, that is the height of it and that’s what we are saying, that it is freedom from bondage from so many things,” he added.
Agbaje also disclosed that he is confident that he will emerge victorious in the 2019 elections.
“I wasn’t declared winner the last time (2015) but I am going to win this time and be declared the winner because it’s going to be a race that will be so clear.
“Even though I didn’t want to run, I felt that (after my run in 2015) if I didn’t win, we could get a younger person to run but in all honesty I’ve spent the last two years trying to encourage younger indigenous Lagosians to see who would be able to run that we would be able to back up but we, unfortunately, didn’t get any and for me, Lagos could not continue in the way it has been running.
“All the younger ones were running for president but none of them is indigenous Lagosian, so we couldn’t get any and so we decided that why not,” he said.