Some notable geopolitical groups including the pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, the umbrella group for Igbos, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) have declared their support for the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje.
A press statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary, Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, Prof. Chigozie Ogbu (Ohanaeze) and Senator Bassey Henshaw (PANDEF) stated that their decision was predicated on the belief that the candidate would support the restructuring of Nigeria.
They also assured the electorate that as stakeholders in Lagos, every Nigerian from every part of the country has a right to decide and vote their preferred candidate in an election.
The statement read in part: “We cannot be indifferent to who governs Lagos at this critical stage of our national life. We have looked at the build-up to Saturday’s governorship elections and it is clear there are two leading candidates.
“Of the two, one belongs to a political party that stands on the way of restructuring Nigeria and therefore cannot be in our consideration.
“The other candidate, Mr. Jimi Agbaje of the Peoples Democratic Party has for over 20 years been involved in the struggles to rearrange Nigeria as an Afenifere man and we have no reservations in encouraging our people to choose him as governor of Lagos in the March 9 election.”