The March 2019 Governorship elections are quick approaching, with the most important contenders in Lagos leaving no stone unturned.
Nevertheless, having critically examined the electioneering efforts of the candidate of the individuals’s democratic party- Mr. Jimi Agbaje, one is pressured to ask if the 61 yr previous contender is actually making an attempt to be governor or simply making delicate strikes for a potential federal appointment?
Previous to December the first 2018, many Lagosians had questioned the PDPs candidate on the explanations for his seemingly sluggish marketing campaign tempo forward the overall elections. His response and that i quote was-
“Good morning Lagos, my group and I’ve gotten a barrage of questions asking why I haven’t been actively campaigning in public and I feel it’s about time that we addressed it. “Let’s be clear, the INEC guidelines guiding this election unequivocally state that campaigning for the 2019 gubernatorial elections shall not start till the first of December, 2018. Of their phrases – not mine – and I quote, “For the aim of this Act, the interval of campaigning in public by each political get together (not simply candidates) shall begin 90 days earlier than polling day and finish 24 hours previous to that day….”Now if that is the rule, then we have no choice but to abide by it…
Now almost 60 days later since INECs nod, it is still hard to be convinced that the PDPs candidate has thrown his hat in the ring just yet. Sadly, his only visible campaign efforts are a dozen tattered posters and vandalized billboards clearly visible on Lagos highways.
The reasons why i am convinced beyond reasonable doubt, that the PDPs Lagos Governorship Candidate is headed for defeat at the polls is not farfetched.
~Over-dependence on wayned popularity
The 2007 Lagos Governorship elections saw Mr. jimi Agbaje emerge a candidate under the Democratic People’s Alliance, after his defection from the Action Congress.
After the elections, with his spectacular performance (although not enough to secure him a majority) one would still have expected the vibrant and promising young man then to keep the pace by being vocal and critical of the then Governor of the state. Unfortunately, Mr. Agbaje retreated completely, probably accepting the superior administrative style of Babatunde Fashola.
He resurfaced 8 years later to try his luck again, following the expiration of Fashola’s tenure; a move which confirmed his conspicuous inferiority.
Hinging his campaign on the wings of his diminished popularity, and failing to judiciously employ the availbale federal advantage his party possessed at the time, he lost again to a political new comer Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode.
Disappearing again from mainstream Lagos politics for 4 years, the PDP stalwart has resurfaced to wrestle power from the rulling APC, most likely premising his victory on his faded popularity; Mr. Agbaje is about to make the same mistake the third time.
~Disadvantaged tribal appeal
It is not heresay that a large fraction of Nigeria’s electorate vote alongside tribal lines. Statistics from past elections have burtressed the trends. Since 2015, many Lagosians of Igbo extraction have thrown their weight openely or tacitly behind Mr. Agbaje. This has indeed angered many indigenous Lagosians who view the Igbos as being overbearing; a once heated scenario which saw the oba of Lagos threatening to drown Igbo Lagosians with mystical powers if they voted against his party The APC.
This unfortunate tribal cold war equally threaten the PDP candidate’s chances at the polls.
~Lethargic electioneering effort
Following INEC’s opening of the window for official party campaigns, Lagos Governorship candidates like Mr. Babatunde Gbadamosi and Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu, to mention a few, have taken to the streets to aggressively canvas for votes among Lagosians. From higher institutions in the state, to conferences, expos and concerts; but one candidate has been least seen- Mr. Jimi Agbaje.
His handlers/advisers are either doing a terrible job or deliberately sabotaging his efforts by not drawing his attention to his inert effort.
About a week ago, at the Lagos Governorship debate organized by Covenant Christian Center’s the platform, the Lagos PDP candidate told the audience and Lagosians at large that he was confident of winning this year’s poll, because his 2015 performance was better than his 2007 performance. I like to think that the reason for this assertion is partly connected with the brief topsy-turvy witnessed by the Lagos APC over its decision to drop the incumbent Governor as the party’s flag bearer. Such premises will at best be hopeless if the PDPs candidate refuses to trace his steps towards a purpose driven campaign with renewed spirits and intensified efforts. (Assuming time permits him).
Olugbenga Moloney- is a political scientist, public commentator and writer.
Jimi Agbaje isn’t a critical candidate. Because it stands, BOS (Babatunde Gbadamosi) of ADP is taking an excessive amount of shine off him. APC will most definitely win the subsequent election in Lagos, whereas BOS will get loads of votes that may have ordinarily gone to Agbaje.
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if Atiku wins hmmmmm apc will misplaced all the things they ever had
It’s time for Agbaje.
Lagos is APC strongest state.
Lagosians are in love with their chains of slavery to the Halitosis contaminated Bola Tinubu…..
Tinubu is a bastard drug dealing vagabond .. this post has always being PDP manifesto in Lagos since 1999 that is why APC will continue to rule and Lagos will continue to be developed than nigeria!
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Agbaje himself is aware of he cannot win……….
Lagos is APC strongest state.not when Atiku wins
he get uncooked beans for Tinubu
Agbaje isn’t even disturbing himself , he’s simply there like a portrait
not saying he’ll win however I keep in mind they stated greater than this about Adeleke in Osun state.
.. this submit has all the time being PDP manifesto in Lagos since 1999 that’s the reason APC will proceed to rule and Lagos will proceed to be developed than nigeria!
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make we vote gbadamosi joor na solely am e head right.
Solely wailers alongside youngsters of hate and perdition will not know that.
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You wail greater than these you name wailers. Get engaged in one thing tangible.
Good man however the freeway of politics could be very treacherous.
You wail greater than these you name wailers.
A younger Wailing wailer has simply spoken, we attempt to converse with the aged wailers, now shut up kiddo!
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It’s a misplaced battle even earlier than the graduation of it. Lagos is Apc,Apc is Lagos!
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Sure that Igbo individuals want they’ve!
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