By Akinwale Kasali
Jimi Agbaje, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate in Lagos State, has high hopes becoming the next governor of the state.
Agbaje who had on several occasion tried his luck on becoming the governor of the Centre of Excellence, as Lagos State is called, but has been defeated by the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate in the 2015 gubernatorial polls in the state.
At the 2015 poll, Agbaje lost to the incumbent governor of the State, Akinwunmi Ambode, but this time around, Agabje believes he has what it takes to defeat Babajide Olushola Sanwo-Olu, the APC candidate for the guber poll.
This is the third time Agbaje will the jostling to become the governor of the commercial hub state of the nation, having lost to former governor of the state Babatunde Raji Fashola in 2011 of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, which metamorphosed to APC. Then, Agbaje was the governorship candidate of Democratic Peoples Alliance, DPA.
“I have high hope of becoming the next governor of Lagos State because I have promised to bring character, knowledge and many good economic policies that will help Lagosians to the table.
“I want to address the leadership lopsidedness in Lagos and establish a good leadership structure that will be enduring to all. We want to address the major issues in Lagos.
“I also want to see how we can change the narrative on the infrastructural facilities by reducing traffic on our roads; the traffic on the Lagos roads is getting worrisome.
“The major thing is that our children should get a quality education from primary to the tertiary institutions. I also want to establish skills acquisition centres to provide jobs for our teeming youths,’’ he said.
“I hope to also address the water system in Lagos State which is far from what it used to be.
“There are many issues to be attended to which by God’s grace the solution is not far-fetched.
“I will concentrate on the social and economic policies to move the state forward,’’ he said.