Lagos Has A Lot Of Work To Do To Maintain Mega City Status – Jimi Agbaje
Jimi Agbaje, two-time governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP) in Lagos State on this interview with TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI, speaks on newest developments within the polity and problems with governance in Lagos. Excerpts:
How finest do you suppose the Federal Authorities ought to deal with the case of Yoruba nation, agitator, Sunday Igboho who was arrested on Monday in Benin Republic?
Every part needs to be by due course of. We don’t desire a scenario the place we have gotten a police state the place each measure of opposition is dealt with with a really heavy hand. The concept of chasing individuals round to me just isn’t one of the simplest ways to go. Folks run away from the legislation after they really feel they won’t get justice. When you really feel that the best way they even come after you is as in case you are already responsible, then how will you get justice? For me, the Sunday Ighoho matter needs to be dealt with with due course of. The Benin Republic authorities ought to do issues correctly in order that we don’t have a repetition of what occurred within the case of Nnamdi Kanu. Until at the moment, we aren’t even clear as to how Kanu got here into the nation. However it’s apparent that one thing is hidden and it didn’t observe the due course of. That’s the reason no person has come out to inform us precisely what occurred. We hope that due course of might be adopted in Igboho’s case. Everyone should really feel that the legislation is even-handed. You aren’t responsible till so confirmed. No one is saying anybody who’s responsible of against the law shouldn’t be prosecuted however justice, fairness and honest play have to be performed and due course of have to be adopted.
The Senate final week rejected the affirmation of Lauretta Onochie, President Muhammadu Buhari’s media aide as INEC commissioner. What’s your tackle that?
Nicely, I feel that was the correct factor to do. No matter causes they might have given for me just isn’t the purpose at the moment. The very fact is that the Nationwide Meeting succumbed to the stress from well-meaning Nigerians and even from the worldwide neighborhood. I imagine that’s what strengthened the Nationwide Meeting to reject that nomination.
There are considerations that the President could re-present her for affirmation. Do you suppose that’s doable?
I imagine that when you have a look at the Nationwide Meeting on that day, like I stated, the stress is such that I’m not even certain I heard anyone supported her nomination when it was talked about by the Senate President. It was a complete rejection and I feel that sign could be very clear. If the president desires to assist Lauretta Onochie, then they’ll discover someplace else the place impartiality is not going to be a difficulty.
How will you react to the defections which have rocked your social gathering in current occasions, don’t you suppose it might impression negatively on PDP’s possibilities within the 2023 elections?
As basic elections come, politicians are inclined to result in self-interests in what they think about is in their very own pursuits. The best way it really works usually is that the opposition social gathering tends to lose membership at the start. Whereas, defections may also play out within the ruling social gathering however as a result of it’s about self-interests, these within the ruling social gathering nonetheless enjoys advantages which is the consequence of their defection. That’s going to play out additionally as we get nearer the election the place you will see that that from the ruling social gathering, individuals may also start to defect. When you look again, that has been the development. So, on the applicable time, some individuals within the ruling social gathering may also defect to the opposition. In fact, that’s not to say that the PDP doesn’t have a job to play. The PDP should look inward and see the right way to maintain on to their current members and get extra members to hitch the social gathering. That’s the means ahead for the social gathering. So, defection typically is for self-interests and when you have a look at those that have defected and the justifications they’ve given, you will see that out that it has to do with self-interests.
The Southern governors few days in the past issued a communiqué the place they expressly said that the Presidency should come to the South in 2023. Are you in settlement with them on this?
They didn’t say it should come to South. When you have a look at their communiqué, they stated it’s the flip of the South to supply the president in 2023 based mostly on the precept of equity, fairness and peaceable co-existence, it ought to come to the South. It’s not a shotgun demand. They’re saying ‘we imagine in Nigeria and fairness. So, for that purpose, the North has had its personal share of eight years, then in that spirit, it ought to come to the South. It’s not a take it or go away it association. No, that was not the impression I get from their communiqué. Their communiqué was very clear and all these issues they listed was based mostly on that precept.
Coming to Lagos, are you impressed with the efficiency of the present of the present authorities within the state?
For me, I’ve all the time stated that whenever you assess Lagos, you can’t be doing so in comparison with different states in Nigeria. Lagos is without doubt one of the mega cities of the world. Due to this fact, the best way it’s anticipated to be assessed is that it can’t be in comparison with different states within the nation. The easiest way to evaluate Lagos is to take a look at the event indices that Lagos has been assessed on. These indices are on the market. While you speak about indices of the worst cities to dwell on the earth, indices of developments and so forth. So, for me, the indices are there for everyone to see. Lagos has quite a lot of work to do to have the ability to maintain its personal as one of many mega cities of the world.