Eleven years after Babatunde Fashola, former Governor of Lagos State, and Jimi Agbaje, Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the 2019 elections, were locked in a political rivalry, the camps of both Politicians are teaming up for the next general elections.
In 2007, Agbaje, who ran under the Democratic Peoples Alliance, DPA, lost the Governorship poll to Fashola, of the then Action Congress, AC.
It was learnt that some key supporters of the two term Governor, who is now a Minister of Power, Works and Housing, have pitched their tent with Agbaje.
Following the crisis in the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, some Allies of Fashola and Fouad Oki, the Factional APC Leader in Lagos State, defected to Accord Party, AP.
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 State, 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, which has as its Leader, Bola Tinubu.
Joseph Beckley, the Governorship Candidate of Accord Party in Lagos State, disclosed that 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, Ikeja, thanked the key Politicians.
He maintained that Beckley accepted to concede to him, because he saw a larger picture ahead, and he knew that 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 is still room in the train, and it is time to move on. It is time for freedom for Lagos. We will get there in 2019.”
In the course of his campaign, Agbaje has been engaged in heated exchanges with not just Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his APC rival, but also Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the ruling party.
Agbaje had once said that he is determined to set Lagosians free from Tinubu, to which Tinubu taunted him that, those talking of freedom should take up apprenticeship in vulcanising, and Agbaje fired back, saying: “Pharaoh, let my people go”.