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Can Agbaje Turn The Table Against Sanwo-Olu?

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Nigeria News takes a look at the PDP governorship candidate in Lagos, Jimi Agbaje and what he’s got to turn the table.

Since he officially launched his governorship campaign a few days ago, the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate in Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje has hit the ground running.

He is not leaving any stone unturned as he rolls around the state to convince Lagosians why he should be the next governor. This is the third try against different candidates, yet Agbaje is talking tough and hopeful that he may win the 2019 election.

He lost against former Governor Babatunde Fashola, incumbent Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and now against the All Progressives Congress candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the PDP flagbearer is of the view that Lagos electorate are tired of the present political ideology, formulated long ago by the former Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Agbaje’s posters have come back to the Third Mainland Bridge after he had vehemently protested the removal of his billboard by alleged members of the All Progressives Congress.

The colourful posters radiate hope for Agbaje as it has suddenly become symbol and topic in the buses and bus stops across the state.

Agbaje came up with a creative jingle in 2007 that attracted him to Lagosians. He came at a time the Action Congress under Tinubu was having a serious battle over the candidature of Fashola as the party candidate.

No fewer than 17 members of the Action Congress, including Senator Ganiyu Solomon, the former Lagos Deputy Governor, Femi Pedro, a former  Commissioner for Health, Dr Tola Kasali and many others had wanted the seat but Tinubu stood with Fashola and ensured his election.

It was during this crisis that Agbaje came to limelight and with his jingle on radio and television as the candidate of the Democratic Peoples Alliance, he dazed Lagosians but lost woefully.   

His 2007 gubernatorial campaign was adjudged as the best compared to that of Femi Pedro’s Labour Party, Musiliu Obanikoro’s PDP and Fashola’s AC.

About four years ago, Agbaje slogged it out with Ambode but with less publicity and aggression and lost in one of the closest election of his life.

He is yet to show Lagosians the creativity he brought in 2007 as the residents eagerly wait to see something different about Agbaje’s campaign strategy.

The political campaign is becoming interesting in developed countries with a talk show, creative jingles, which of course Nigerians want to see as the country prepares for another general election.

One will love to see politicians maximizing the social media platforms as one of the ways to modestly launch themselves to the public without paying so much.

Political rallies in this part of the world is more or less a music carnival and platform to exchange banters among the popular gladiators, there is a need to bring new idea as Agbaje did in 2007.

Of course, the posters are flying around, Newspapers proprietors are beginning to smile to the bank through advertorial by politicians, the creative level is still low. Can Agbaje use a new gimmick to turn the table this time? Only time will tell.

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