Olajide Adeniran, flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the forthcoming governorship election in Lagos state, has slammed Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for downplaying his chances in the state’s governorship election scheduled for 2023.
In a statement made available to Newsbreak.ng on Monday, Mr. Adeniran, popularly known as Jandor, slammed governor Sanwo-Olu, saying that the state governor is not in a position to assess his achievements because his political career has thrived on the influence of powerful patrons.
“Sanwo-olu has no frame of reference by which to assess my achievements, he has never had to build a business from the ground up in Lagos, one of the toughest and most competitive business markets in the world,” the statement by Jandor read.
“Like other professional lackeys, his entire career has been possible, thanks to the interventions of powerful patrons so he cannot possibly understand why anyone would consider being an independent entrepreneur who bootstrapped a business … and grew it to the point where I could comfortably create jobs in Lagos, despite crushing taxes and prohibitive policies would be something to be proud of,” it added.
Jandor’s statement came after governor Sanwo-Olu questioned his capacity to govern the state during an interview on Channels TV’s Sunday Politics.
Sanwo-Olu had downplayed the viability of Jandor and his running mate, actress Funke Akindele, alleging that the PDP flagbearer couldn’t run a business of 100 people.
However, Jandor boasted that he quit his job as a broadcast journalist for Lagos Television and a State House correspondent at the age of 31 to launch his own media company, Core TV.
“To leave the relative security of a corporate career to build my own endeavour took courage, something our dear gov. has never had to contemplate. In six short years I built my idea into a media corporation and became the youngest Nigerian to float a television station at age 37,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu, according to Jandor, mismanaged the Lagos economy by increasing the state’s domestic debt stock from N507.38 billion in March 2021 to N780.48 billion in March 2022.
“Sanwo-Eko had his chance to make good on the promises he made to Lagosians, he has failed and we have suffered for it. it’s time for a new perspective, it is time for a breath of fresh air in Lagos…No more Sanwo-Eko…it’s now Jafun-Eko,” he added.
The spat between Governor Sanwo-Olu and Jandor comes as the state prepares for the next Governorship election, which is set to take place in March 2023. Jandor will seek to unseat Governor Sanwo-Olu, who is currently the state governor.