The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, Mr Jimi Agbaje, has said if voted next year, he will dismantle the Lekki Toll Gate, which he described as illegal.
Agbaje, who said though the toll gate was built by a concessionaire, it had since been bought over by the Lagos State Government, wondered why residents were still being made to pay tolls to pass.
The PDP candidate, according to a statement on Sunday, said this in response to the one-hour toll-free passage recently given to all motorists by his All Progressives Congress counterpart, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Agbaje said, “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.
“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 available alternate route is in a terrible shape, 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.