The governorship candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, Adediran Olajide aka Jandor, has reacted to a statement credited to a former governor of the state, Babatunde Raji Fashola.
Jandor, who was a State House correspondent with Lagos Television during Fashola’s tenure as the governor of Lagos state from 2007 to 2015, is contesting against the present governor of Lagos State, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-olu, who is the flag-bearer of the All Progressives Congress in the coming gubernatorial election in the State..
While reacting to Fashola’s remark through his, Twitter handle, Adediran accused the ruling party of carrying out a campaign of calumny.
He stated that the ruling party who is under pressure is looking for any available avenue to market their unenviable records in the state.
According to him, “My attention has been drawn to disparaging statements made by my boss, former Governor of Lagos, Babatunde Fashola, earlier today at an event in Lagos. He reportedly referred to me as a cameraman who is not ready to govern Lagos.
“While this may come as a shock to many who may have heard me speak well of him and his achievements in Lagos, despite being the flag bearer of the main opposition party in the same Lagos, let me quickly signpost a reminder that this is the season of calumnies and the APC are expectedly under pressure to sell their unenviable records to the now very discerning electorates of Lagos. There is clearly a brief to all the beneficiaries of the status quo to publicly show where their support lies.
“In June of 2020, an extract from BRF’s condolence message to me on the loss of my mum, in black prints, states: ‘your very inspiring life story…turned into a ladder for educational success, entrepreneurial acumen, and visionary leadership aspirations.’ It is just a few weeks before the elections and the story has suddenly changed.
“Records must be kept straight, however, especially for varying audiences who may be misled by my very dear Boss and former Governor of Lagos.
“While I insist that there is absolutely nothing untoward about being a cameraman, and I must apologize to hordes of cameramen out there who have made a mark for themselves in their craft and may feel smeared by my respected Boss’s remark, I was never a cameraman.
“As a matter of fact, I was absorbed into the service of government of Lagos State Broadcasting Service as a Reportorial and Editorial Executive, and camera handling was certainly not the professional services I rendered to BRF, and the Lagos State government under his watch.
“I really don’t know what it is with my Oga (Boss) and cameras lately. This is reminding me of that famous missing camera he magically found at the Lekki toll gate, the scene of the ENDSARS massacre.
“BRF has my respect still, nothing will change that. Personally, I can’t wait to show the residents of Lagos that a lot more can be achieved way beyond what their celebrated over N50b revenue is currently doing.
“Under the watch of a truly independent governor that has no ties to a godfather’s apron strings. We will break Lagos free and my Boss, BRF will be proud of our achievement.”