By Monsuru Olowoopejo
Barely 48 hours to the Governorship and House of Assembly elections, Accord Party, has denied being in alliance with a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi, whom it claims, was never a member of the party.
The alliance denial was contained in a statement yesterday by its Lagos State Chairman, Mr. Joseph Beckly, debunking the claim of Lagos APC Publicity Secretary, Mr. Joe Igbokwe that Afikuyomi, who represented Lagos West senatorial district between 1999 and 2007, was its member.
Beckly stressed that the party was not in accord with the former commissioner, describing Igbokwe’s allegation as an act to shield the truth from the residents.
“Igbokwe is notorious for issuing fake press release and his penchant for fake news is legendary. We want to advise the APC not to drag our party into its internal affairs.”
Besides denying affinity with Afikuyomi, the party said it had already withdrawn support from its House of Assembly candidate for Agege Constituency I, Abdukareem Jubrin, for the elections, citing different anti-party activities he had committed which were in variance to the party’s constitution.
The party chairman disclosed that the party had two weeks ago notified the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and directed members within the constituency to mobilize and vote for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Auwal Tahir Maude (ATM).
He, also, urged enjoined all the members in Agege constituency II “to stick to the earlier arrangements and decision reached by all the opposition political parties to support and vote for the PDP candidate, Azeez Adebiyi for the Saturday House of Assembly Election and the gubernatorial candidate, Jimi Agbaje of the PDP for the governorship.
“I want to enjoin all our members in Agege Constituency I and II to adhere strictly to these changes for the governorship and house of assembly elections,” Beckly added.
It would be recalled that Accord Party had last year adopted Agbaje as its governorship candidate for Saturday’s election.
In response, Agbaje accepted the flag from the party, noting that the time “has come to free Lagosians from bondage. I accept with all humility this honour you have shown us and the position you have endorsed us for,” said Agbaje.
“As you have endorsed us easily, so shall we get to the government house easily and for those still on the other side, the freedom train is on the move and they should join when the momentum is not too much for them to catch up with.”