Lagos gov candidates unveil agenda at The Platform

The Lagos State governorship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olajide Adediran; Labour Party, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, and African Democratic Congress, Funso Doherty, on Sunday promised to end thuggery and decrepit healthcare if elected.

They also promised to provide solutions to waste management and decongest traffic in the Apapa area of the state.

The candidates stated this during The Platform Governorship Debate, organised by the Covenant Christian Church, held in Ikeja and monitored by The PUNCH.

The All Progressives Congress candidate and incumbent Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had in a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, opted not to participate in the debate stating that he would “henceforth shun any forum that may require us being together with PDP and its agents of violence.”

Each of the candidates disavowed forms of political violence aimed toward intimidating voters.

Stating the need to clamp down on gangsters and rogue policemen who terrorise citizens in the state and rehabilitate hoodlums, Adediran said, “I can convert them to be positive tools, especially the ones that handle our motor parks and our garages.”

Also speaking, Rhodes-Vivour said, “Youth unemployment is a menace in Lagos State and an idle mind is the devil’s workshop; these youths in the streets want jobs. So we are going to ensure that we give them employable skills and domicile it at the Local Government.”

Doherty said, “First, we need to ensure that the welfare of the security agencies is taken care of because if their welfare isn’t taken care of, they will turn to terrorise citizens. We will also basically have zero tolerance and go after offenders and prosecute them under the full weight of the law.

“There is an element of state sponsor in what is going on here to the extent that the agbero community is a part of the political structure of Lagos State, so there is no political will to deal with that problem, so the first step is to change the government and then bring in the political will.”

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