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Agbaje tours Alimosho, pledges to end Tinubu’s grip on Lagos

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Lagos Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate Olujimi Agbaje, acknowledging cheers from supporters during a<br />road show at Alimosho Local Government Area ahead of the governorship election in Lagos…yesterday. PHOTO: NAJEEM RAHEEEM

Lagos State gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Jimi Agbaje has described reports that his party joined others to adopt a common flag-bearer for Saturday’s election, as a mixture of blackmail and mischief.

He made the assertion when he and his running mate, Mrs. Haleemat Oluwayemisi Busari, led their campaign team through Alimosho Local Government Area during their ongoing tour of the state.

He urged people to disregard the supposed adoption of a common standard-bearer under the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), saying such consensus only existed in the imagination of its sponsors.

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He said, “My party PDP is a bona fide entity in the CUPP. I can assure you that no such endorsement has taken place and it is not even on the cards.”

The CUPP purportedly adopted Action Democratic Party (ADP)’s candidate, Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi, as the sole candidate to contest against Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“Those pushing this false narrative and those who think they can benefit from it are Lilly-livered and Lilliputian contestants, who lack any sense of decency.

“Everyone should be wary of the antics of political desperadoes. These are political featherweights, lowly rated in this contest and they will do anything to play the role of spoilers,” he stated.

Agbaje expressed confidence about winning the race on Saturday, insisting: “We have always said that we are in this race to win and we will win fair and square.”

According to him, the source of the divisive information could only be APC, which is feeling threatened by its dwindling popularity and facing imminent defeat at the elections.

Meanwhile, Agbaje has restated that he was very much in the race and has no contrary plan or conviction.

“I have not stepped down and I will not step down for anybody,” Agbaje said in a statement issued by his Director of Media and Publicity, Felix Oboagwina yesterday.

Continuing, he said: “It is taboo. It is indecent. It will not happen. Such has not even crossed my mind. Step down for who?

“Stepping down will be an unfortunate betrayal of the hopes and dreams of Lagos people, who consider me as the only alternative to the impunity and corruption they have suffered in the hands of ‘Pharaoh’, who has cornered the state and its resources these past 20 years.”

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