Why Damaging Agbaje Posters In Lagos?
Nigeria News takes a look at the alleged destruction of PDP posters in Lagos.
The Lagos State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Jimi Agbaje has reported the supporters of the All Progressives Congress to the State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Emohimi over the destruction of his posters in the state.
Jimi Agbaje expressed his displeasure at the rate at which anything that carried his picture was being torn in the state while addressing a group of PDP fans in Lagos on Saturday.
According to him, the hoodlums believed to be members of APC go out in the night to remove his posters and that of other PDP candidates.
The perennial gubernatorial candidate, however, boasted that he would stop the reign of APC in Lagos despite the intimidation by the ruling party.
He told the gathering that for about 20 years, PDP had failed to rule Lagos but the Alliance for Democracy, Action Congress, Action Congress of Nigeria and now the All Progressives Congress, which is a product of the former parties.
He alleged that successive e governments in Lagos had spent about N6 trillion, that is about $20 billion in the last 20 years but with nothing to show for it.
To him, Lagos has been in the hands of a few elites who allegedly divert the wealth of the state into their private accounts.
The pharmacist frowned at the approach with which the APC had employed to campaign ahead of the 2019 governorship election.
But the APC had denied damaging the posters of any candidate of the opposition parties in the state.
The state Chairman of the APC, Mr Tunde Balogun said that the party was too busy about the issue based campaign and would not descend so low to remove oppositions’ campaign posters.
To the APC, the performance of the party in Lagos is intimidating enough to create fears to any opposition and perhaps that is why the other candidates had come up with excuses.
The best time Agbaje had put a good fight against the ruling party in Lagos was in 2015. The result of the election was so close despite the popularity of APC in Lagos.
Possibly that was why PDP still went for Agbaje as the best alternative in the coming election that could stop APC.
And who says Agbaje cannot edge out overconfident APC that had since turned Lagos government seat to its birthright since 1999. The outcome of the coming election will be determined by two key factors.
The money factor, which of course is a minus for PDP in Lagos. I have searched among the key players who could bankroll Agbaje’s election and yet to see one.
The party former Deputy Chairman, South West, Chief Bode George will be more pessimistic now, judging by how he was schemed out of the party’s national chairmanship position.
In 2015, the party had the funding and backing of the Federal Government but failed to clinch power in Lagos. PDP is not as rich as it was in 2015.
The second factor may be an advantage for PDP and it is the fact that the incumbent APC Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode is not running. Some electorate who have developed the love for Ambode may give sympathy votes to Agbaje of PDP.
But this is a tough order in the face of money, which APC will flaunt in large quantity. APC, with the support of the federal might and funding from the political elites and friends of the APC Candidate, Jide Sanwo-Olu will have PDP for lunch again.