George’s spokesman, Uthman Shodipe, who spoke on behalf of his principal, said that there was no way George who helped build the party would step down for a newcomer.
“Please discard the rumours that Chief George decided to step down for Agbaje. He will never do that. He has been in this party from inception and helped to build it to where it is today. So, why will he step down now that he has the opportunity to lead the party?
Why should he step down for a newcomer? Can a landlord step down for a tenant? Where's Agbaje when Chief George was building the party for 16 years?” he told Punch in an interview.
He dispelled rumours that Agbaje was being sponsored by candidates from outside the South-West.
He said, “Disregard the rumour that JK (Agbaje) will be suspending his ambition. He has already purchased the party’s form so, there is no going back. He is a popular candidate that enjoys support within and outside the South-West.”