Campaign: Jimi Agbaje on his own


Peoples democratic Party governorship candidate in Lagos State, Mr Jimi Agbaje, is running his campaign in a peculiar way.
He is more or less a lone ranger – if not a political orphan – as whatever is left of the fractured structure of the party in the state is not supporting him.
Principally, the biggest PDP boss in Lagos, Chief Bode George, has so far not been part of Agbaje’s campaign.
George had noted in a recent interview that Agbaje stepped on his toes in the past despite the fact that he was the one who brought him (Agbaje) to reckoning in the party.
He, however, promised to support his candidature at the right time.
But till now, he has not done so.
Also, a report in ‘The Punch’ indicated that the crisis is deeper than this.
“Another factor that further divided the party was the period the PDP had its national chairmanship tussle, which created two factions, one led by Ahmed Markafi and the other by Ali Modu Sheriff. Bode George was with Markafi, while Agbaje was with a member of the party’s Board of Trustees, Mrs Aduke Maina, who was with Sheriff.
“According to the source, it was the Bode George group that produced the former chairman of the party in Lagos, Mr Moshood Salvador, who, on assumption of office, reportedly aligned with the Maina/Sheriff camp.
“Another problem that created further division among the party leaders was the recent national chairmanship election where Bode George first declared his interest and shortly afterwards, Agbaje did same for the slot. This singular act escalated their division. At the moment, Agbaje claims he is working with all the stakeholders, but as a concerned stakeholder, who is grounded in the party’s operations, I can tell you that it is not completely true.”“But the Director of Media and Publicity, Jimi Agbaje Campaign Organisation, Felix Oboagwina, denied that Agbaje did not involve the PDP stalwarts in his campaign activities.
“The instruction from the national head office of the party is that every state should have a campaign council headed by the governorship candidate and the deputy will be the state chairman of the party. There have been successful series of meetings with all stakeholders.”

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