BREAKING: Jimi Agbaje to contest Lagos governorship election

Jimi Agbaje

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flagbearer in the 2015 Lagos State Governorship election, Jimi Agbaje, says he will re-run for the position.

Agbaje, a trained pharmacist, Wednesday, ended speculations about next year’s poll, by officially joining the race.

The 61-year-old made the confirmation via a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

“It is true that initially, I did not want to re-contest, but I had so many people urging me to run.

“I bought and submitted my nomination form shortly before it closed. I will be part of the PDP Lagos governorship primaries, billed for Friday, Sept 28th,” he said.

Agbaje said that he was confident he would win the elections in Lagos if he picks the PDP gubernatorial ticket to run.

“Our primaries have always been open, fair and free for all.

“This is what we are known for, and that is the way I expect it to be,” he said.

Agbaje, who also contested for the national chairmanship of the PDP in 2017, won by Uche Secondus, said that the recent defections from the party in the state would not affect him if he picked the ticket.

“It is the people of Lagos State that will decide. The issues in the party will not impact negatively on votes.

“Most Nigerians now vote for individuals rather than party.”

Agbaje lost the 2015 governorship election to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mr Ambode is seeking re-election on the APC platform.