I will like to start this conversation with a statement from Jimi Agbaje so that we all understand the direction of this conversation. It is important we understand the lies in order for us to appreciate the truth.
Jimi Agbaje said:
“I have said NO to AlphaBeta based on the principle that it’s never in the interest of the State’s civil service to continue to rely on consultants 100% of the time. We must have ways of transferring expertise over time. We must not substitute the role of our Civil Service. I have said NO to the toll on the VI-Lekki-Epe axis because the PPP arrangement has been terminated and this project has been paid for in full and then some. On the issue of the people of Ikorodu, my opponent tends to think that the government has already done “more than enough for the people of Ikorodu”. And you call this progressive? Far from it.”
Now lets talk a bit about these issues:
Alpha Beta as a consultant started with the Lagos State Government, due to its ability to deliver it has been contracted to consult for 22 out of the 36 States in Nigeria including the Federal Government and Government of other African countries. The beauty of relationship of Alpha Beta with even PDP States that are now APC is that it started while they were still PDP States.
Jimi Agbaje has been rambling and rumbling about Alpha Beta Consulting and I believe it is out of share naivety and inability to project any valuable or tangible idea that he’s been putting up his fight against a privately owned business that is not only servicing The Lagos State Government but 22 states in Nigeria including Federal Government parastatals. If Alpah Beta has been so much disservice to Lagos, how come more of his colleagues in the PDP are paying heavily to secure the service of the same company.
According Alpha Beta Website, this are some of their clients
Lagos State Government — APC
Kwara State Government — APC
Nassarawa State Government — CPC now APC
Akwa Ibom State Government — PDP
Abia State Government — PDP
Imo State Government — PDP now APC
Kano State Government — PDP now APC
Ondo State Government — LP now PDP
Sokoto State Government — PDP now APC
Abuja Environmental Protection Board — FG/PDP
Enugu State Waste Management Authority — PDP
Enugu State Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources — PDP
Ekiti State Government — APC now PDP
Lagos Water Corporation — APC
Just to mention a few, they also work with private organisations and the government of Ghana.
Airtel (Formally Zain) — Private
In The Republic of Ghana Operations, Alpha Beta works with the Municipalities and Assemblies in Ghana. These include Cape coast Metropolitan Assembly (CCMA), SeKondi Metropolitan Assembly(SMA), Shama District Assembly(SDA),Adentan District Assembly, Sunyani District Assembly and Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly respectively.
If a local startup is doing well enough to be gaining both local and international recognition and patronage beyond party border lines, then it is totally cynical of a Jimi Agbaje to be staging a fight against a successful business as is campaign agenda, it is the height of lack of ideas and utmost clueless obscenity.
If you are supporting Jimi Agbaje because of his big English, have a rethink, they are filled with big rubbish and bold cluelessness. Alpha Beta is working with even Fayose of Ekiti state and he’s not complaining, Jimi’s ideas are not bold but rather born out of gluttony and fantasy. The role of the Civil Service can never be subverted by consulting professionals to get results, the vested interest he’s clamouring to end is the fuel in the engine of his own campaign.
There is no denying that Tinubu owns interest in the company, he’s a businessman before becoming a governor for crying out loud and this is a private business that works across board for governments, business and other nations in Africa, the lie is the way they present it. How can a so-called learned Jimi Agbaje with bold ideas come out and tell you Alpha Beta is milking Lagos when thesame Alpha Beta is employed by 21 other states, mostly PDP States because they did a wonderful job working with The Lagos State Government. Maybe he should just say Tinubu is milking Nigeria and Ghana because that’s how it appears to me.
On the issue of vested interest, let’s ask Jimi Agbaje to tell you how he’s funding his campaign, obviously not from his one-branched drug store. This is our first opportunity to take Lagos out of being an opposition since 1991 when the FCT was moved to Abuja, it is our real opportunity to see Lagos work efficiently with the centre to produce value, it is our opportunity to birth a total CHANGE and grow Nigeria cohesively.
I’m Abidemi Babaolowo Oderinlo
I Write What I Like