The All Progressives Congress, APC, Lagos chapter, is warning Lagos voters to take a closer and a critical look at the personality of the Lagos PDP Governorship candidate, Mr Jimi Agbaje in view of his recent statement that “South South can collapse Nigeria’s economy” if president Jonathan is not re-elected in the February 14 Presidential election.
In a release signed by the State Publicity Secretary of the Party, Mr Joe Igbokwe, the party says Lagosians will be making the greatest mistake in history if a candidate that lacks training in simple economics and the monumental power of a diversified economy is voted in error.
“APC is at a loss and completely dumbfounded that a candidate that says it wants to govern a dynamic, powerful, prosperous, and enlightened state like Lagos is resorting to this type of cheap and strange blackmail in the 21st century in order to win elections.
“For Jimi Agbaje’s information, South-South crude oil has become a curse to Nigeria instead of blessing. Crude oil has ruined our capacity to reason, to think and to explore other areas like Agriculture, Science & Tech, Industrialization, Building & Construction industry, etc.
“Japan, Germany, France, Italy, South Korea, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, Sweden, Switzerland, Singapore etc. have no oil and yet they have given a good account of themselves in the global economy through commitment, power of critical thinking and dint of hard work,” the party said.
It added: “Even in the third world there are many countries that are surviving without oil. In 1997 Dell computers made more money than Nigeria with just 12,000 workers. MAERSK Containers, a shipping company, Apple, HP make more money than Nigeria and yet Jimi Agbaje, a pharmacist cannot think in the 21st century.
“We have told anybody who cares to listen in Lagos that Jimi Agbaje is a pretender, and a hustler who lacks the capacity and cognate experience to dream of governing a state like Lagos. Jimi has never been a councillor, he has never served in a Local Government, and he has never been a Commissioner, a House of Assembly member or a Special Adviser. He has never served at the Federal level either. So where is the experience for Lagosians to trust him with the treasury of Lagos?”