There is an uneasy calm in the Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over a recent comment by its candidate in next month’s governorship elections, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, claiming that a chieftain of the party, Chief Olabode George, is not his godfather.
Agbaje allegedly made the comment during a question and answer session on the social media organised by a group of friends.
The PDP governorship candidate was quoted as saying, “Bode George is not my godfather; he is just one of the leaders in PDP. He was not even aware when I joined the party.”
Many of George’s associates in the party, it was learnt, allegedly took exception to this comment, with not a few of them describing Agbaje as an ingrate for publicly disowning a man who ensured his emergence as the PDP candidate despite being a new member of the party.
At the PDP governorship primary held in December last year, Agbaje defeated about 10 aspirants, including Senator Musiliu Obanikoro in controversial circumstances, resulting in the declared results exceeding the number of accredited delegates. Agbaje’s victory was believed to have been made possible by George and another chieftain of the party, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe.
A source in the party said, “I think Agbaje is trying to be smart, but he won’t go far even if he wins the election. He is trying to distance himself from George and project the image of an independent-minded person, but he is going about it in a wrong way.”
Perhaps in reaction to Agbaje’s comment, George at the weekend claimed he remains his guardian, noting that though Agbaje is an intelligent man, he must be guided on the right path, a role he said, he is currently playing for the PDP candidate.