Jimi Agbaje, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Lagos governorship race, has received a massive boost after allies of Babatunde Fashola, former governor of Lagos state, endorsed him.
Eleven years after Fashola and Agbaje went head-to-head in the governorship race, both men appear to have teamed up to upset the applecart of All Progressives Congress in the state.
TheCable reports that some key supporters of the two-term governor, who is now a minister, have pitched their tent with Agbaje.
Following the crisis in the Lagos state chapter of the APC, some allies of Fashola and Fouad Oki, factional APC leader in Lagos, defected to Accord Party.
The former APC members had accused the leadership of the party in the state of imposition and high-handedness.
At a press briefing in Lagos on Thursday, chieftains of Accord Party announced the endorsement of Agbaje, asking members of the party to work with him to unseat the ruling APC.
Joseph Beckley, governorship candidate of Accord Party in Lagos, said his decision to concede to Agbaje was in the interest of the party and to take the state to a better place.
Agbaje, who was present at the meeting which held at Airport Hotel in Ikeja, thanked the key politicians.
He said Beckley accepted to concede to him because he saw a larger picture ahead and he knew it was a man with better chances that could solve the problems at hand.
“Beckley has magnanimously stepped down for me so that Accord can endorse me as their candidate for governor of Lagos state in 2019,” Agbaje said.
“It takes a man of character to have run for an office, got the ticket and to accept that there is a larger picture to look at, that there is a more serious problem on ground and that to overcome it, he has agreed to step down for a person with a better chance.
“I accept with humility the honour you have granted to us. We shall get to the government house and serve our people better than the way they are being served today. The freedom train is on the move. There’s still room in the train and it’s time to move on. It’s time for freedom for Lagos. We will get there in 2019.”