APC & PDP Governorship Candidate Akinwunmi Ambode & Jimi Agbaje Fighting For Igbo Votes in Lagos State


2230487_img2015032016964_jpegb0da3805ef7ff89ceaf2a55eb25608b6This Report According to Vanguard says The 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.


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