The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Candidate for Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, has said the ruling All progressives Congress, APC, government’s clearing of the state of its legendary traffic gridlock, especially in Apapa area, ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Saturday visit was an act of ‘hypocrisy and wickedness’.
He said this on Friday during a town hall meeting in his home constituency, Apapa, in Lagos.
Agbaje accused government authorities of paying deaf ears to the cries of residents and businesses suffering heavy traffic gridlock in the area since 1999.
According to Agbaje, the disappearance of the usual traffic standstill ahead of Buhari’s visit meant that authorities were wicked and had only left residents and businesses to suffer deliberately.
The PDP candidate, who lives and runs his pharmaceutical company in the famous port town of Apapa, promised that the area’s traffic logjam would become history under his reign.
“Have you noticed that there is no traffic jam in Apapa today? Why? Because President Muhammadu Buhari is coming, isn’t it?
“It means that these people are wicked people. It means that they are hypocrites. They have refused to clear this traffic all this time, even when they knew they had the solution. So because President Muhammadu Buhari is coming tomorrow, they have cleared the traffic. So when he leaves, they will punish us again.
“We are saying that the traffic situation in Apapa becomes a priority. I am an Apapa person. I stay in Apapa. I work in Apapa. As Governor, I will ensure that this punishment will stop.”
Agbaje also vowed that his government would spare no means to upgrade the standard of education in Lagos public schools.
He lamented: “It is unbelievable that in 21st Century Lagos, school students still sit on the ground to take lessons.”
However, he said his education policy would include the training of artisans, and bring them up to international modern standards in order to help them improve their skills, income and welfare.
Agbaje also had scathing words for the APC regime that he accused of withholding the licences of traditional rulers in order to force them to remain loyal.
His words: “Many of you Baales here today do not have your titles gazetted. And this they have deliberately done to serve as a rope they can pull anytime they want to blackmail and compel you to do what they want.”
However, he promised that things would change.
“Our style will be different. We shall accord the traditional institution its deserved honour and role. We shall not resort to arm-twisting in our relationship with our traditional rulers,” promised the PDP Candidate.