Tax Evasion: Jimi Agbaje Replies Fashola

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PDP Gubernatorial aspirant, Jimi Agbaje has reacted to
Governor Fashola’s statement accusing his company of tax evasion in Lagos for four years. Jimi reacted in a press statement released this morning through his director of media. Find it below.

Mr. Jimi Agbaje expresses surprise at this rather personal
and unprovoked attack against his person by Governor Raji Fashola. Just in
January, the Commissioner for Finance sent a personal letter to Mr. Agbaje,
commending him for his faithfulness in payment of taxes relating to his
residence.

It is a curious contradiction that several days later, the
Governor himself would express sentiments clearly in contradiction to the
spirit and letter of that voluntary and unsolicited commendation from the
state.

Are they feeling the heat of Agbaje and PDP’s impending
victory in the state, or how does one explain this recourse to personal attacks
recently embarked upon by chieftains of APC?
Although he founded JayKay Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Agbaje left
the directorship of the company in 2006, and this is on record with the state.
He is no longer involved in the running of the company. And today, he is not
even an Executive Director.
We have a letter signed by Ayo Gbeleyi, Honourable
Commissioner for Finance in Lagos State, where Agbaje received commendations
for fulfilling his tax obligations. The letter from the Ministry says: “A
review of our payment records from 2011 shows that you have been consistent
with the payment of Land Use Charge on the above property (Agbaje’s residence
in Apapa).
“The Lagos State Government wishes to express its
appreciation to you on your consistent fulfilment of your civil responsibility
and your singular contribution towards the development of the state.
“We look forward to your continued cooperation in this
regard.”
It will be recalled that the Governor only about two weeks
ago said that Agbaje was too old to be Governor, although the PDP Candidate is
only 57.
This fresh outburst amounts to another futile attempt at
mudslinging by a desperado group that is up against a formidable opponent, and
it has only succeeded in staining the source.
Lagosians should be wary of APC and its bag of tricks.
FELIX OBOAGWINA
 
DIRECTOR OF MEDIA AND PUBLICITY TO MR. JIMI AGBAJE, PDP
GOVERNORSHIP CANDIDATE FOR LAGOS STATE

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