It isn’t for an absence of inventive and catchy concepts that the governorship marketing campaign of Jimi Agbaje is being described in lots of quarters as blasé and boring; it’s majorly a difficulty of funding. The Folks’s Democratic Occasion, PDP, candidate’s main headache is lack of cash.
At a interval when even the nationwide physique of the social gathering is in dire want of monetary help given the non-availability of unfastened cash as was the case in earlier election seasons, Jimi has been operating from pillar to publish for cash to prosecute his ambition. But, it’s cul-de-sac in all places he turns.
Even those that have are scared to help overtly or covertly for concern of being witch-hunted. With that channel blocked, or so, political stakeholders and observers have been asking why Jimi isn’t getting the specified monetary help from his youthful brother, Segun, who’s managing director and chief government officer of considered one of Africa’s greatest monetary establishments, Warranty Belief Financial institution.
Insiders are swearing by every thing they maintain sacred that Segun doesn’t consider in his brother’s ambition any longer, particularly with the political dynamics of Lagos State, and as such, isn’t supporting financially in any means. “Despite the fact that Segun was not MD in 2007 when Jimi first contested on the platform of the DPA (Democratic Folks’s Alliance), he stood by his brother. Jimi’s marketing campaign that yr stays probably the most refined and far-reaching within the annals of electioneering in Lagos State,” recalled a supply.
Segun successfully turned MD of GTB in 2011 however Jimi didn’t contest that yr on the premise that the incumbent then, Babatunde Raji Fashola, deserved a second time period. Jimi got here out once more in 2015 on the PDP platform however misplaced to a beginner, Ambode. “Segun was there for him then. He supported him with all that he had and mobilised his mates and billionaire associates, believing that when his brother turned governor, robotically, the account of the state authorities would transfer to the GTB,” mentioned the supply.
Nonetheless, issues didn’t pan out as deliberate however the penalties nonetheless hang-out Segun. When the brand new administration got here in, the state account was moved to Entry Financial institution regardless of the strain and propaganda mounted by GTB.
The insider mentioned, “The state authorities made it clear to Segun that the state would don’t have anything to do with him and his financial institution so long as he continues to fraternise with the opposition.” It’s in view of this that Segun has learnt to place his cash the place his mouth is. (THISDAY)