Jimi Agbaje, governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has disclosed why he decided to contest for the plum office of Lagos state governor for the third time.
Agbaje made the disclosure during a discussion programme on Channels TV, saying that he chose to throw his hat into the ring again because he could not find a “suitable” younger candidate for the position.
Speaking on Channels Television, Agbaje said after losing the governorship election in 2015, he had made up his mind not to contest the seat decided to take another shot at the number one position in the state because he could not get a competent and capable candidate for the party.
“Even though I didn’t want to run, I felt that we could get a candidate.
“After my running in 2015, I felt if I didn’t win, we could get a younger person to run but in all honesty, I’ve spent the last three years trying to encourage younger indigenous Lagosians to see who would be able to run, who we would be able to back up. But unfortunately, we didn’t get any.” Agbaje said
The PDP candidate expressed optimism that he would be victorious at the poll.
He said governance in the state has been in shambles, promising the people that he has come to liberate them from “pseudo-democracy”.
Agbaje had been a two-time governorship candidate. He ran under the platform of the Democratic Peoples Alliance (DPA) but lost to Babatunde Fashola in 2007. In 2015 when he ran under PDP, he lost to Akinwunmi Ambode, the incumbent governor.