A former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, says the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, will fail again like he did in 2007.
Tinubu, who is a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, said Agbaje was not a salable candidate and was no match for the governorship candidate of the APC, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode.
The former governor said this at the Lagos-West senatorial district campaign of the APC on Wednesday.
He accused Agbaje of lacking political experience even as he said the PDP candidate cannot manage Lagos economy.
Tinubu wondered how Agbaje would be able to manage the economy of the state at a time when the country was experiencing economic hardship.
The former governor said when the President Olusegun Obasanjo administration refused to give Lagos State its allocation and the state could not pay salaries, it was Ambode, who was the Accountant-General that re-engineered the economy which led to the increase in the Internally Generated Revenue and turned Lagos into one of the biggest economies in Africa.
He said, “In 2007, we had governorship primary and Fashola won but he (Agbaje) failed and refused to accept the result. I told him to accept the fact that Fashola was more diligent and experienced than him but we told him to remain in the party and we would teach him the way but he refused.
“You see, when a toddler is trying to run when he cannot even walk properly, his mother has to guide him so that he will not fall and break his teeth. He left and joined the Democratic Peoples Alliance. The DPA presented him as its candidate but he failed, we beat him mercilessly.
“Later, he wanted to return to the party and we asked him if he would become a commissioner but we knew it was unlikely because he had even refused to be the deputy governor. Before we knew it, he had gone to join the Ebola party. God forbid that Ebola takes over Lagos.
“See where we are coming from and where we are going. They say they want to replace us in Lagos. Someone who cannot take care of himself wants to take care of Lagos. Don’t experiment with Lagos.”
Also speaking at the event, Fashola berated President Goodluck Jonathan for blaming past administrations for insecurity.
He said, “I have never said I cannot do my job because my predecessor failed. To say that you cannot buy guns because Maj. Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) failed to do so is flimsy. Our military were one of the most respected and did well in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
“Even if Buhari did not buy guns, is it the guns of 1985 that he wants to use to fight today?”
The governor said he had been able to ensure 24-hour electricity supply at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and other government facilities.
He said he was convinced that Ambode would be able to do more in other sectors.
Ambode, while addressing supporters, said if the PDP took over Lagos, it would run down the economy of the state which has been improving despite the fall in world oil prices.
He said his government would set up an employment trust fund and make loans available to entrepreneurs.
He promised to ensure a 24-hour economy and do better than Tinubu and Fashola.