Forward of the 2019 normal election, the governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic (PDP) in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, and his All Progressives Congress (APC) counterpart, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, are at totally different phases of negotiation to attempt to get the help of the Igbo residing within the state, Akelicious can report.
Whereas Sanwo-Olu has allegedly agreed to reward the Igbo with a place within the State Govt Council (SEC) and launch N300 million for the aim of mobilisation, Akelicious investigation revealed that Agbaje was nonetheless in talks with totally different Igbo teams and leaders within the state.
A number of sources confirmed the hunt of the 2 governorship candidates to Akelicious on the weekend, noting that Sanwo-Olu appointed the Publicity Secretary of Lagos APC, Mr. Joe Igbokwe “to coordinate Igbo leaders and residents to help him and different APC candidates within the state.”
An APC chief, who spoke with Akelicious in confidence, disclosed that the Igbo leaders had allegedly accepted the provide “to cede a cupboard place to an Igbo resident and N300 million as circumstances to canvass help for the APC and its candidate within the March 2, 2019 governorship election.”
Following the sealing of the deal, the supply revealed that Sanwo-Olu “had already agreed to launch N100 million earlier than Christmas with a promise to settle the remaining half earlier than the top of January 2019.”
Nonetheless, based on the supply, some Igbo leaders, primarily the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) leaders, are dissatisfied with the provide as a result of they had been initially demanding N1 billion, amongst different circumstances, to help the APC candidate in Lagos State.
Consequently, the supply famous that Igbokwe “has misplaced floor so long as Igbo folks within the state are involved. For some Igbo leaders, they consider Igbokwe cheapened the Igbo with N300 million deal.”
One other competent supply, who additionally craved anonymity, claimed that Agbaje had initiated talks with totally different Igbo teams and leaders within the state forward of the March 2, 2019 governorship election. The supply disclosed that majority of Igbo leaders had been negotiating with the PDP candidate for a greater deal, noting that the Igbo conferences with Agbaje, began for the reason that final 4 weeks, are gaining momentum.
In line with the supply, most Igbo leaders are extra snug with Agbaje for various causes. First, they’ve robust affinity with the PDP. Second, they need a authorities that protects their curiosity higher. Third, they didn’t like the best way Lagos APC maltreated Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
Nonetheless, the supply famous that some influential Igbo leaders, like the previous navy governor of Imo and Lagos states, Rear Admiral Ndubisi Kalu, weren’t a part of the conferences with the PDP candidate.
In phone dialogue with Akelicious yesterday, Igbokwe admitted that he was the one coordinating Igbo residents for APC and its governorship candidate within the state. He stated he had been in a position “to safe Igbo help for Sanwo-Olu with none situation connected to it.”
Igbokwe, nonetheless, denied the claims that Sanwo-Olu had agreed to cede a cupboard place to an Igbo resident and launch N300 million for the aim of mobilising Igbo voters in help of the APC and all its candidates.
The APC state publicity secretary stated, “It’s not true that there’s an settlement to provide Igbo a commissionership slot if Sanwo-Olu wins the governorship election. Additionally, our choice isn’t based mostly on any pecuniary acquire or political patronage.
“Nonetheless, all we’re asking from the federal government and folks of Lagos State is a deal to guard the curiosity of Igbo folks and residents within the state. We’re enterprise folks. Igbo folks have enormous funding in Lagos State, reducing throughout totally different sectors of the economic system.
“We’re grateful that the federal government and folks have accommodated us through the years with out rancour. Our help for Sanwo-Olu is a strategy to present appreciation to the federal government and folks of the state.”