Jimi Agbaje, the governorship candidate for Lagos state under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has promised that he will remove the Lekki Toll Gate if he wins the elections next year.
Describing the Toll Gate as illegal, Agbaje said since the toll gate had since been bought over by the Lagos state government from the concessionaire who initially built it, residents have no business still paying tolls before they can pass.
Agbaje said this in a statement released on Sunday, in response to the one-hour toll-free passage given to all motorists by Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate.
“Unfortunately, the toll gate is opaque because no one knows its financial records. So, asking people on your campaign trail and others to pass without paying for just one hour is absurd and regrettable,” the statement said,
It continued: “Good road is a fundamental right of citizens and we promise to deliver on this and many other things.
“At the moment, most Lagos roads are impassable because of their poor condition. Now, motorists are compelled to pay heavily for passage.
“How about the so called alternative routes? Ideally government should have provided alternative routes to the Lekki Toll Gate, but the alternative route is in a terrible state, so everybody is forced to use the toll gate and pay.
“Therefore yesterday’s drama by the governorship candidate of the APC is a farce. Nobody was deceived by the party’s action which also smacks of disrespect and bondage.”