The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the 2015 governorship election in Lagos state, Jimi Agbaje, today, March 1, said the poll plunged him into debt.
While addressing party members at the PDP’s secretariat in Lagos ahead of the party’s forthcoming congresses and national convention, he insisted that he won the election.
“Some members were annoyed because those monies meant for the elections were not given to them to prosecute the last polls. I am angry too because the PDP won the last election in the state but was denied victory. I finish election, na gbese, I carry for head,” Agbaje said.
He urged the members to move past the lost and channel their strength into rebuilding the party.
Also speaking at the programme, a former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Chief Olabode George, blamed Senator Musiliu Obanikoro for the party’s loss in the election.
He said one of the major problems of the party is indiscipline, warning that it will not be tolerated moving forward.
“Our victory was scuttled by evil characters who preferred the narrow position of the ministerial office than the collective esteem and honour of winning the governorship election in Lagos State,” George said.
“We were defeated by the agent provocateurs within our ranks. We were defeated by political renegades who merely invested in their own greedy and selfish interests.
“This cannot continue. Nobody is above the constitution of the party. We must either strictly adhere to the normative pattern of the party rules or we ship out. There will be no exemptions. The party is supreme; enough of all these so-called groupings. It is unhealthy. It is divisive. It does not build a healthy and strong national party. It is parochial and destructive,” he added.
Agbaje lost the 2015 governorship election to the incumbent Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode of the All Progressives Congress (APC).