Former aspirants who lost in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries to pick candidates for the various elective offices have thrown their weight behind the Lagos State governorship candidate, Mr. Jimi Agbaje.
A statement issued by the Jimi Agbaje Campaign Organisation (JACO) stated that the decision was reached at a stakeholders’ parley between Agbaje and the aspirants.
Although they expressed reservations regarding the outcome of the primary and the unjust substituting of some of the names of some erstwhile victorious aspirants, the PDP members promised to work for the success of the party in the general election scheduled to commence on February 16.
Apart from Agbaje, who was joined by his running mate, Mrs. Haleemat Buhari, other leaders of the party present at the meeting include: former Minister of Works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe; a member of the PDP Board of Trustees, Hajia Aduke Maina; and the State Deputy Chairman, Alhaji Hassan.
The aggrieved aspirants reeled out series of infractions that characterised the primary, saying despite the perceived lapses, they have resolved to support the party’s candidates at the polls.
After listening to their complaints, Agbaje assured them that their sacrifice for the party would not be in vain.
His words: “I am happy to meet all of you today. I am particularly delighted that despite the fact that the primaries didn’t go the way you have envisaged, you are still faithful with the cause. I am also happy that you have decided to sacrifice your individual ambitions for the collective good of all Lagosians. The task to liberate our state from the stranglehold of an individual is a collective one.
“It is not about me, but about the people of the state who are bearing the brunt of the rulership of the prevailing order in the state. With the decision you have taken, I am assuring you that you would be carried along as valued stakeholders.”
Ogunlewe said the election called for the collective efforts of all to wreste power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). He added that Agbaje have become the symbol of the struggle and that all stakeholders must rally behind him.
He said: “I am assuring you that the day Agbaje becomes the Governor of Lagos State he will become a watershed in the history of the state. Let all of us rally round him to make sure that he wins.”
Maina thanked those present, saying their sacrifices and loyalty would not go unnoticed by the party.
She added: “I understand your plights, all that happened is well known to me but we should all put them behind us in the task of removing the state from the shackles of the oppressors.”