Jimi Agbaje, governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos, has laid into a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Bola Tinubu, likening him to the biblical Pharaoh of Egypt.
Agbaje made the comparison in reaction to Tinubu’s mockery of his stance that Lagos state needs freedom from Alphabeta Consulting.
The former Lagos State governor had asked Agbaje to go learn vulcanising or tailoring if he needed freedom.
Agbaje shot back, saying in a statement signed by Felix Oboagwina, his director of media and publicity, that Tinubu is oblivious of reality, hence his inability to realise that Lagosians are groaning.
“Pharaoh, you must let our people go. Apparently, the APC leader has lost touch with reality,” the statement read.
“Otherwise, he would know that like the children of Israel, Lagosians are groaning under the taskmaster that Tinubu and his cronies have turned themselves into in this state that should rate as Nigeria’s foremost.
“We identify with our vulcanisers, tailors and all craftsmen who have the joy of duly-earned freedom after their apprenticeship.
“But it is apparent that, unlike them, those who have gotten used to filthy lucre and the dividends of corruption cannot savour the joy that comes with the legitimate sweat and labour of hardworking artisans.”
He alleged that Tinubu is the head of a vested interest that has turned Lagos into a private enterprise, adding that Lagosians must be freed of his stranglehold.
“You wake up one morning and find that like the Jews in Poland during the Second War, you have a toll gate caging you in; and you must pay a toll to leave and return to your home and birthplace in which you used to freely move, you need freedom from those tolls,” he stated.