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Fashola’s Men Endorse Jim Agbaje As Battle to Take Lagos from Tinubu Hots Up (Photo)

Eleven years after Babatunde Fashola, former governor of Lagos state, and Jimi Agbaje, governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 election, were locked in political rivalry, the camps of both politicians are teaming together for the next general election.

In 2007, Agbaje, who ran under the Democratic Peoples Alliance (DPA), lost the governorship poll to Fashola of the then Action Congress (AC).

But all that is over. TheCable understands that some key supporters of the two-term governor, who is now a minister, 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, factional APC leader in Lagos, defected to Accord Party.

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 on Thursday, chieftains of Accord Party announced the endorsement of Agbaje of the PDP, asking members of the party to work with him to unseat the Tinubu camp.

Joseph Beckley, governorship candidate of Accord Party in Lagos, said 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 in Ikeja, thanked the key politicians.

“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.


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