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Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by PhockPhockMan: 1:45pm On Mar 20, 2015
Popularly referred to as the economic hub of the country, Lagos state has a population of 20 million people, making the sprawling city bigger than the developed cities of London, Buenos Aires and even Beijing.
In Lagos, there are 20,000 people per square kilometer while it has been estimated that some 3,000 people from other states of the country flood the state every day without leaving.
But perhaps the most impressive project for the Lagos of tomorrow is no other than the Eko Atlantic, a pioneering residential and business development located on the Victoria Island, along its upmarket Bar Beach coastline.
The ambitious project is being built on three and half square miles of land reclaimed from the Atlantic Ocean and is expected to provide accommodation for 250,000 people and employment opportunities for a further 150,000.
Aside this, the United Nations has conferred a megacity status on cities with a population of 10 million and above.
Interestingly, Lagos belongs to this category.
But a megacity requires a stronger financial base. The sheer size of funding required in sustaining a megacity is beyond what a government could provide on its own.
Progressive increase
This is where creativity comes in as other sources of revenue must be sought in order to finance government’s expenditure.
These other sources include borrowing, both internally and externally, grants, bonds, Public Private Partnerships and others. In Lagos State, for instance, despite the progressive increase in the monthly Internally Generated Revenue, (IGR), of the state from a meagre N500 million in 1999 to about N20 billion presently, the state government still has to invent options to fund its projects.
Perhaps, this informed the need for the scramble for Lagos by political actors across party divides.
With elections around the corner, the battle for the governorship position in Lagos State promises to be fierce as the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP have begun flexing their political muscles ahead of the April 11, 2015 election.
For the ruling party, the polls will be keenly contested.
Already, the is cast between the APC candidate, Mr Akinwumi Ambode and his PDP counterpart, Mr Jimi Agbaje.
Interestingly, the two contenders have gone round the nooks and crannies of the state to tell the people of the state their plans, visions and missions for the people of the state.
The clamour for votes has reached a height that not only have appealed to indigenes of the state but have gone a step further to seek the support of non-indigenes resident in the state.
Like the scramble for the African continent by European powers in the 18th and 19th Century, which eventually led to the partitioning of Africa, Agbaje and Ambode are making efforts to transverse the state to get support from non-indigenes.
It is imperative to note that non-indigenes in Lagos State have become a major factor in Lagos politics and as such, their votes are important to determine the outcome of elections in the state.
Daily influx
It would be apt to state here that Lagos has become home to many people as there are daily influx of people from all parts of the country.
Expectedly, non-indigenes make up bulk of the population of the state but not only northerners, easterners and those from the South-South are non-indigenes resident in Lagos.
There are also a large chunk of people from the South-west, who are resident in Lagos.
Interestingly also, the non-indigenes have, over the years, occupied political offices in the state. With the governorship elections around the corner, pundits posit that the roles of non-indigenes cannot be overlooked as they remain a major factor that will determine the outcome of the elections and also, who emerges next governor of the state. In 2005/2006, when the population census was taken, the government of Bola Tinubu did a census alongside the Federal Government and came out with the figure that Igbo have 43 per cent population in Lagos State. As a result of the insurgency in the north today, the population has increased.
The APC and PDP have realised the importance of the non-indigenes, hence the parties decided to concede some elective positions to them.
Presently, the non-indigenes resident have continued to endorse Ambode and Agbaje, promising to throw their weights behind the duo owing to their voting population in the state. However, the two candidates have found the non-indigenes from the South-East geopolitical zone as the beautiful bride.
Overtures by the APC and PDP have been made to leaderships of market associations and political leaders from the region resident in Lagos to support their cause. Also, promises of democracy dividends have been made to the Igbo resident in Lagos by both Agbaje and Ambode.
It is important to state here that in the 16 year rule of the present administration, those from the South-East have benefited from the political appointments in the APC-controlled government having served in the executive cabinet of the state state.
The PDP governorship candidate, on the other hand, has promised the Igbos of not only political appointments, it has assured those who are mostly traders, to protect their business interest in the state. Perhaps, this has left the Igbos divided over which of the governorship candidate to support.
Ambode gets endorsement
Only recently, Igbo traditional rulers in Lagos, under the aegis of Eze Ndigbo in Lagos, endorsed noting that Ndigbo has enjoyed robust and cordial relationship with the APC administration since 1999.
At a briefing in Lagos, Eze Uchechukwu Nwachukwu said Ndigbo in Lagos will vote for Buhari and the Lagos State APC governorship candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on March 28 and April 11.
Reportedly, Nwachukwu said “after a strategic meeting of Ndigbo in Lagos, we have resolved to vote for the APC. Our interest in the state has been protected and we equally want to show appreciation by voting for the APC candidates. “I call on all our brothers and sisters to use their vote wisely, by this pronouncement we have endorsed Akinwunmi Ambode.”
Agbaje too
Similarly, an Igbo group, the Association of Ndi Eze Ndigbo in the Diaspora comprising all Ezes in the North, South West, South South and overseas in conjunction with the Lagos State chapter gave its backing to the candidature of Agbaje. In a press conference, Eze John Greg Uzobuadi, who is the association’s spokesman, said the Igbo supreme traditional head in the state, reaffirmed its support for Agbaje whom they described as friend of Ndigbo.
The association stated that it was no longer news that some Igbo chiefs (not traditional leaders) hosted the conference where they claimed to be the leaders of Igbo tradition in Lagos State.
While stating that the constitution of Nigeria guarantees the chiefs the right to free speech and association, it does not give them the right to misrepresent Ndigbo.
The race for Alausa House is reaching its crescendo, non-indigenes have a large population in the state that can decide who becomes the governor or any position.


http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/03/ambode-agbaje-racing-for-non-indigenes-votes/

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Re: Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by ozoigbondu: 1:45pm On Mar 20, 2015
My head is swelling now.Ndiigbo are a beautiful tribe to be courted by all.We must be a very great tribe just see how ambode and agbaje are busy throwing themselves at our feet for endorsement.lt is said that igbos form the second largest population in a state after the indigenes.Underestimate the voting powers of Ndiigbo at your own peril.

Whosoever wins lagos state election is not my concern but GEJ every where you GO............GEJ till 2019

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Re: Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by Nobody: 1:48pm On Mar 20, 2015
Typing...


Use and dump, as usual

Majority of them will travel back to alaigbo for easter and won't be back for the gubernatorial election, leaving agbaje hanging. grin








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JK is Just Kidding grin

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Re: Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by viczing(m): 1:50pm On Mar 20, 2015
ozoigbondu:
cool

Admit that igbos got huge stake in lag NL e rat like mayoroflagos and oduastates will be. Talking trash

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Re: Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by PhockPhockMan: 1:52pm On Mar 20, 2015
"...... In 2005/2006, when the population census was taken, the government of Bola Tinubu did a census alongside the Federal Government and came out with the figure that Igbo have 43 per cent population in Lagos State. As a result of the insurgency in the north today, the population has increased......... "

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Re: Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by PhockPhockMan: 1:59pm On Mar 20, 2015
viczing:


Admit that igbos got huge stake in lag NL e rat like mayoroflagos and oduastates will be. Talking trash
You're right.


Seun, Ngwakwe.

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Re: Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by Maccoy1(m): 2:01pm On Mar 20, 2015
NEVER AGAIN Will tinubu impose governors on us...JIMI IS THE MAN...If APC sincerly needs change, it needs to start from lagos..

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Re: Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by PhockPhockMan: 2:14pm On Mar 20, 2015
Maccoy1:
NEVER AGAIN Will tinubu impose governors on us...JIMI IS THE MAN...If APC sincerly needs change, it needs to start from lagos..
GBAM

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Re: Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by steppin: 2:15pm On Mar 20, 2015
Quite funny. Zombie followers here in Nl keep saying that Ambode doesn't need non-indigenes to win, but he's been running around markets scouting and begging for votes.
Una go cry wella.

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Re: Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by dharay99: 2:44pm On Mar 20, 2015
wey pix...wey video.? undecided

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Re: Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by AbdulAdam56(m): 2:45pm On Mar 20, 2015
APC change

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Re: Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by Misogynist2014(m): 2:45pm On Mar 20, 2015
Its necessary.
Re: Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by Nobody: 2:45pm On Mar 20, 2015
This shows how important every Nigerian is wherever he/she is in the country. The Ibos have the population to make or mal as the case is now. God bless Nigeria.

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Re: Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by sexymoma(f): 2:45pm On Mar 20, 2015
If Jimi nor win this election.. it means he has failed all his life..cos he has bin contesting since the days of Funsho Williams...

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Re: Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by sureway1(m): 2:46pm On Mar 20, 2015
ok ndigbo let do the pre election here...

click
like for AMBODE






share for JIMI

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Re: Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by maestroferddi: 2:46pm On Mar 20, 2015
Sorry to some of my SW friends, but the man to take Lagos to the next level is Jimi Agbaje.

If you think Fashola is an achiever, well you might not be entirely wrong. But you may have been contented with seeing Iniesta play without knowing that there is a Messi.

Give Jimi the chance to waow you with governance taken to the next level.

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Re: Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by Hemanwel(m): 2:47pm On Mar 20, 2015
Is Ambode just realizing that Lagos is a Cosmopolitan state?He thought only the Yorubas could win Lagos for him?That sure will be his biggest undoing!Even the Yorubas have been divided between him and Agbaje.
NOTE: I am not saying Lagos is a no man's land oh!Of course it belongs to the Yorubas!...
Lagosians are wiser now!One man can not impose a candidate on Lagosians!...
We have seen the best APC can offer in Lagos!We want CHANGE!
If Ambode wins,it will be business as usual - BRT as usual; LASTMA as usual,etc.We are tired of seeing these things.Lagos is a 21st century Mega City,hence, development must be rapid and dynamic.We want new ideas (BOLD IDEAS).That's why I want Agbaje to be the next Chief Executive of Lagos.

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Re: Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by Nobody: 2:48pm On Mar 20, 2015
thank u Jesus Christ our God.
for choosing Gej

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Re: Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by AJOT99(m): 2:48pm On Mar 20, 2015
K
Re: Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by Nobody: 2:48pm On Mar 20, 2015
Hmmmm...them never serious cos I don't see any of them with the right weapon there...MONEY, EGO BEKEE.

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Re: Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by Zico5(m): 2:48pm On Mar 20, 2015
If igbo can make up 43 percent in lagos. Then what else, let them contest and win the sit now. Yeye dey smell, op u don't make sense o. What then is the population of other ethnic groups if igbo alone amount to that as u quoted Tinubu said. Igbo has no relevance as politics of lagos is concern. Yoruba are the one giving them such advantage.

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Re: Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by alabi484(m): 2:48pm On Mar 20, 2015
yinmu....
Re: Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by Idrismusty97(m): 2:48pm On Mar 20, 2015
Party aside, the two aspirants are both Yorubas right? That is the most important issue here. Even if they population reach 99% the best they can do is vote for a "Yoruba" man.

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Re: Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by pat077: 2:48pm On Mar 20, 2015
we know who majority of them will vote for.
Re: Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by leshluap(m): 2:49pm On Mar 20, 2015
You can get horses ready for battle, but it is the Lord who gives victory...................

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Re: Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by sexymoma(f): 2:49pm On Mar 20, 2015
Maccoy1:
NEVER AGAIN Will tinubu impose governors on us...JIMI IS THE MAN...If APC sincerly needs change, it needs to start from lagos..
keep on dreaming, Na eba you go dey chop for iya isila buka wey you go hear am for radio say na ambode win again... you berra change idea and stick to the winning team... IN ma school if one particular person dey contest every year for the post of SUG.. e mean say pple nor like am abi pple nor like the kind friends he dey keep

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Re: Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by ican2020: 2:49pm On Mar 20, 2015
Change has come to Lagos at last
Re: Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by mytime24(f): 2:49pm On Mar 20, 2015
Brb
Re: Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by anytexy: 2:49pm On Mar 20, 2015
JK we know. Igbo kwenu kwezuonuooooo!

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Re: Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by candidbabe(f): 2:49pm On Mar 20, 2015
ok
Re: Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by Kaxmytex(m): 2:50pm On Mar 20, 2015
shocked
Re: Ambode And Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes. by chelseabmw(m): 2:50pm On Mar 20, 2015
Ok

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