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Ex-commissioner says Lagos not in bondage

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Lanre Razak

Former Lagos State commissioner for public transportation, Lanre Razak, has dismissed a recent claim by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje, that the state is under a political godfather from whom it must be liberated.

Razak, a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), challenged Agbaje to campaign on issues, instead of name-calling.

He insisted that other political parties jostling to upstage the APC were only envious of the state’s strong economic base and not genuinely committed to good governance.

He opined that Lagosians and Nigerians would fare better if they elect Sanwo-Olu and re-elect President Muhammadu Buhari.
 
He described Agbaje and others who claimed that the state was in bondage as “lazy politicians and groups who can’t provide quality leadership and render selfless service that will earn them goodwill among the voters, but very desperate to grab power with a campaign mantra of coming to grant freedom to Lagosians.
  
“My posers for them are: what kind of freedom are they seeking for Lagos? Are Lagosians truly in bondage? Are those elected to positions of authority across the state not Lagosians?
  
“Lagosians know their needs and those with the pedigree and capacity to deliver good governance to them. Very soon, Lagos will become the third largest economy in Africa, which can be attributed to the strong foundation in governance laid by the administration of former Governor Bola Tinubu.”
  
“It is also on record that from a meagre N600 million average monthly internally-generated revenue (IGR) in 1999 when he (Tinubu) took over as governor, the government increased the IGR to between N34 billion and N36 billion monthly revenue currently.”


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