Former aspirants who lost in the Peoples Democratic Party primaries to pick candidates for various offices for the 2019 elections have thrown their weight behind the governorship bid of Jimi Agbaje.
A statement issued by the Jimi Agbaje Campaign Organisation on Tuesday stated that the decision was reached at a stakeholders’ parley between Agbaje and the aspirants.
Although they expressed reservations regarding the outcome of the primaries and the unjust substituting of some of the names of some erstwhile victorious aspirants, the PDP members at the meeting held at the campaign secretariat of the governorship hopeful on Monday, promised to work for the success of party in the forthcoming general elections scheduled to commence in February 16.
Apart from Agbaje, who was joined by his running mate, Haleemat Buhari, other leaders of the party present at the meeting included former Minister of Works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe; a member of the PDP Board of Trustees, Hajia Aduke Maina; and the State Deputy Chairman, Alhaji A. Hassan.
Members of the group who termed themselves as “aggrieved aspirants” reeled out series of infractions that characterised the primaries, saying despite perceived lapses, they had resolved to support candidates of the party at the polls.
After listening to their complaints, a visibly elated Agbaje told them that their sacrifice for the party would not be in vain.
His words: “I am happy to meet all of you today. I am particularly delighted that despite the fact that the primaries didn’t go the way you have envisaged, you are still faithful with the cause. I am also happy that you have decided to sacrifice your individual ambitions for the collective good of all Lagosians. The task to liberate our state from the stranglehold of an individual is a collective one.
“It is not about me but about the people of the state who are bearing the brunt of the rulership of the prevailing order in the state. With the decision you have taken, I am assuring you that you would carried along as valued stakeholders.”
Ogunlewe, in his remarks, said the elections called for the collective efforts of all to wrestle power from the ruling All Progressives Congress, adding that Agbaje had become the symbol of the struggle and all stakeholders must rally behind him.
“I am assuring you that the day Agbaje becomes the Governor of Lagos State will become a watershed in the history of the state. Let all of us rally round him to make sure that he wins,” Ogunlewe said.
Maina thanked those present, saying their sacrifices and loyalty would not go unnoticed by the party.
“I understand your plights, all that happened is well known to me but we should all put them behind us in the task of removing the state from the shackles of the oppressors,” she said.