Jonathan contributed to Agbaje’s defeat – PDP chair

The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, Tunji Shelle, says former President Goodluck Jonathan contributed to the defeat of the party’s governorship candidate, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, by his inaction.

Shelle said this on Saturday while addressing party supporters at the inauguration of the constituency office of Mr. Dipo Olorunrinu, who represents Amuwo Odofin constituency in the Lagos State House of Assembly.

He said Jonathan allowed the All Progressives Congress get away with a lot of illegalities during the last election which ultimately led to his own defeat.

He said when Jonathan lost the election, the effect spilled over to Lagos, thereby causing Agbaje’s defeat.

Shelle said, “Without fear of contradiction, I am sure we won the
governorship election. If Mr. President had not declined or had not allowed illegalities to take ..
place and if he had not allowed the APC to win at the national level, the PDP would have won Lagos fair and square because our governorship candidate had the merit and capacity to win the election in Lagos State.

“He was the man that every Lagosian wanted and I am sure that they voted for him. You will see that even the difference between his own (votes) and that of the governor’s (Akinwunmi Ambode), is very small. And it is small because we did our best to control the excesses of the APC in Lagos.

“We have never had it this tough or this good but in an election somebody would have to count his blessings at the end of the day.”

Shelle noted that the party won eight assembly seats and six House of Representatives seats. He said the PDP’s victory would have been far greater than that but for the rigging by the APC.

He said he was confident of Agbaje becoming governor of Lagos State as Agbaje’s case had been taken to the Appeal Court after it was struck out by the Election Petitions Tribunal.

He said, “We have not lost out and we believe we are going to regain some of the seats that the APC are occupying for the time being. We are still at the tribunal for the governorship election and we have even moved to the appeal stage. We may be asked to go back to the tribunal but whichever way it goes, we stand a high chance of winning at the tribunal at the Appeal Court. So, Jimi Agbaje is still very OK and we believe at the end of the day, victory will be our lot.”

Shelle, who had been suspended by the PDP State Executive Committee, insisted that he remained the chairman.

He said those calling for his removal should wait till November or December when a new congress would take place.

He said, “I don’t want to remain at the chairman forever. But, whoever, is interested in becoming the chairman should wait till November or December when another executive committee will be set up. Why can’t they exercise patience? I never did this to the people that are older than me in Lagos. People should learn to respect the party and the rules of the game.”