The Lagos State gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2015 election, Jimi Agbaje, has condemned the alleged attempts by the ruling All Progressives Congress to suppress the opposition.
Mr. Agbaje said the situation was a far cry from what was obtainable under the PDP-led governments since the country returned to democracy in 1999.
“It is obvious that today, the ruling party is not very interested in democracy and you can see the hands in ensuring that opposition is not made to stand,” Mr. Agbaje said. “Under the Peoples Democratic Party, you can’t take it away from our party that we allowed democracy to thrive.”
Mr. Agbaje spoke on the sidelines at the botched PDP national convention in Port-Harcourt on Wednesday, adding that the takeover of the convention venue by security agencies prompted him to recall the past and compare it to the present.
“It’s not about my personal feeling, I am comparing the past and the present,” he said.
Mr. Agbaje was widely tipped to be the next chairman of the party, having reportedly secured the backing of the PDP governors, who maintain unwavering influence over the party’s structure.
The convention was canceled after a court granted reliefs sought by a factional leader of the party and ordered relevant government agencies to stay away.
The APC could not be reached for comment for this story as its deputy national publicity secretary’s phone line indicated it was unavailable.