The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Lagos, Mr Jimi Agbaje displayed his poor understanding of governance, inexperience and lack of ideas to improve the lot of Lagosians at an interview on Channels Television. At best, Agbaje succeeded in convincing viewers that he actually does not have a plan to solve the problems he says Lagosians are faced with. He was at his evasive best during an interview session on a Channels TV programme, Straight Talk With Kadaria.
The interview seemingly went on well until Mr. Agbaje was asked to clear the air as regards the irregularities and rigging issues that surrounded his emergence from the PDP primary elections. After all attempts to evade the question Agbaje ended up with an unconvincing retort. He fumbled further by giving bland answers when questioned about his plans and programmes for Lagos state, answers that were far short of bold.
The PDP guber candidate infuriated a majority of the viewers by defending the incumbent government at the centre based merely on ethnic sentiments, saying that the South-south deserves another 4 years of rule insinuating that people of the area do not shut down the economy if Jonathan does not win. He unable to mention an achievement of the present administration and goofed further by when trying give excuses in support of the PDP as regards the Boko haram situation.
The aspect that would be most worrisome to Lagosians was his inability to profer articulate programmes and plans for Lagos. For someone who claims to have bold idess he came across as lame and lacking in ideas and experience. He kept on evading direct questions and rather than sell his own ideas ended up promoting the work of the incumbent APC government.
The interview laid credence to the APC’s call for voters to vote for experience. Agbaje showed that he did not have a grasp of how government works.
The social media immediately went agog with reactions to the interview. Most people expressed disappointment and disaffection at the discordant and inexperience-laden responses given by Agbaje. One of such comments on a popular blog stated that, “I watched Jimi Agbaje interview on channels tv tonight and I was baffled by some of his words. He said and I quote “For the unity of nigerians the south-south (Jonathan area) should have 4 more years”. So it is not about competence again? He also said as a politician his job is to tell people to vote and not refrain from crisis. This Agbaje is one useless man who can not be allowed to govern Lagos state. Let us vote wisely.”
Instead of informing Lagosians about his reasons for running as a governor, he was busy making threat-like statements possible of inciting violence among the unsuspecting electorates.
Mr.Agbaje, actually tried his eloquent best to enumerate his plans for the state at different points during the interview, but the fact that they lacked convincing content further confirmed the truth that governance is not just about elementary eloquence, but about experience, tested expertise and convincing capabilities.
The APC governorship aspirant, Ambode was right when he called him an intern in the last debate hosted by Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry.