Monday, 25 August 2014

President Jonathan Disowns Jimi Agbaje!


The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has ruled out preferential treatment for any of the 12 aspirants seeking the party’s ticket for the 2015 governorship election in the state.

The Lagos PDP refuted speculations that an aspirant, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, had received the backing of the Presidency and was preferred to others.

The party added that it would conduct a fair and transparent primary election to choose its flag bearer in the governorship race.

Publicity Secretary of Lagos PDP, Taofik Gani, told our correspondent that in line with the directives by the national leadership of the party, there was no possibility of any of the aspirants automatically getting the party’s ticket via endorsement.

Gani, who responded to speculations that Agbaje was preferred by President Goodluck Jonathan, said it was false, adding that the President’s endorsement would not translate to automatic governorship ticket.

He said, “It is not true that there is any plan to hand over the ticket of Lagos PDP to any aspirant. The expectation of the national leadership of our party is that all state chapters must provide a level playing field for all aspirants. The state Chairman, Tunji Shelle, has also said it over and over again that there would be fair and transparent primaries for all positions in Lagos.

“This rumour is being peddled by our political opponents and their aim is to create acrimony among us. It is unfortunate that the name of the President has been used again. President Jonathan has shown that he is democratic and does not get involved in any matter of the party at the state level. He allows the most popular aspirant to emerge as the candidate.

“It might be true that Agbaje is lobbying the Presidency, and that is allowed. But if at the end of the day, he is lucky to get the support of the President; that does not also translate to automatic endorsement as governorship candidate.”

culled from Punch

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