Four governorship candidates in Lagos ahead of the 2019 general elections slugged it out on Sunday, January 13, in a live debate asking residents of the state to kick them out if they did not fulfill their promises when elected.
The candidates who participated in the debate included Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Jimi Agbaje of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Owolabi Salis of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), and Babatunde Gbadamosi of the Action Democratic Party (ADP).
Sanwo-Olu commended Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for his development stride in the Epe area of the state, but added that there were a lot more to be achieved. He also promised to tackle the Apapa gridlock within his first 100 days in office.
None of the candidates categorically said he would only govern the state for four years, but they all agreed that they had great names to protect and that if their promises are not kept, the residents should send them out of the Government House.
Answering a question that he was relatively unknown until now and whether he had an independent mind to govern the state, Sanwo-Olu told the panelists that he had been in government since 2002.
He also reeled out some of his achievements since being in the Lagos government service saying that in an instance, he worked without collecting a dime from the state.
He further said his achievements in government were made possible because he was never influenced by any godfather adding that he has a name to keep.
“As commissioner for establishment, I was training a thousand teachers a year. We are going to be looking at capacity development for our primary school teachers,” he said.
On his part, Agbaje denied going under after the 2015 general elections saying he had made several public appearances since then.
recalled contesting for the position of the national chairman of the PDP to show that he has remained in political limelight before he finally decided to pick the ticket of the party to contest as governor.
He noted that “technology is critical to the education of our children. We need more success stories like Andelas, Irokos and Flutterwave. We will connect all our public primary schools when we get into government.
“We have heard that Google wanted to give us free Internet, but they keep putting blockage for vested interests and that is what we are going to correct.”
Gbadamosi, on the other hand, said he had been successfully providing the basic necessities for a popular estate he developed in Lagos without any borrowing from any financial house.
He also boasted of never being a government contractor.
According to him, he had provided uninterrupted electricity and water for the estate since eight years ago.
Gbadamosi promised to turn the state to a technological hub and ensure Lagos competes favourably with some other countries.
He further promised to constantly publish the breakdown of the annual budget of the state saying Lagos state is run with some level of secrecy. According to him, the state ranks one of the lowest in accountability.
Owolabi Salis said he was determined to “take the commonwealth to the people of Lagos state.”