Jandor has really worked hard, his consistency and popularity is second to none, he is the first Omo Eko to be widely accepted by Lagosians from far and wide amongst previous and recent Candidates for the Governor Office, this is because of his long political journey, careful selection of team mates and ability to romance the media, though a media person Abdulazeez Olajide Adediran popularly known as Jandor is not a new name in Lagos following his antecedence in the State’s government yet we cannot deny that it will not be an easy journey to Alausa especially with the events of the Presidential election when the Labour Party exhibited tremendous efforts on the 25th of February 2023.
The 3rd force as they were refered to in the just concluded election surprisingly swept off votes and scored higher votes in the State with distant margin ahead of the incumbent party, The All Progressive Congress (APC), one will begin to wonder if the party presumed to defeat the current Governor of Lagos Babajide Sanwoolu as speculated by political watchers in Lagos The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), can still do the magic considering the huge popularity Labour Party now enjoys due to her recent fete.
The Labour Party Gubernatorial Candidate Gbadebo P Rhodes-Vivour has risen tremendously in fame amongst the high and lows in Lagos due to his ancestral repute, thick academic background, intra-ethnicity, political heritage et al, Gbadebo whose Father was the Former Legal adviser of the Peoples Democratic Party was also the Lagos West Senatorial Candidate of the PDP in 2019 and was a co-aspirant for the PDP Gubernatorial ticket before Jandor won the Primaries, GRV remained in the party as he got assurance from the State party leaders that he will be adorned with the position of Deputy Governorship Candidate so he can run the ticket with Jandor until the winner of the primary revoked the idea as he considered a gender based ticket inother to reach out the opposite sex(women), according to Jandor, this decision was born out of the need to address the idea of marginalisation. In this regards, he picked the multiple award winning Nollywood movie actress, Funke Akindele whose popularity will cut accross to secure awareness and votes to oust the incumbent, a super combination it indeed is.
This decision didn’t sink so well with the party leadership led by PDP Former South West Chairman Chief Bode George who felt Jandor breached an agreement, though he eventually understood the choice, the 2023 Labour Party Gubernatorial Candidate was already on his way out of the party for a party where he secured a spot on the ballot to run for Governor in the forthcoming election of March 11 but a twist of fate emanates as both Candidates needs to reach an urgent truce to defeat the APC in Lagos.
Though effort for an alliance is underway, the agreement for both incredible individuals to work together is the only means to accomplish a goal as splited votes will only lead to the repeat of February 25 2023 final results where both parties did tremendously well but couldn’t record success due to a long, overdue and unnecessary division.
The duo of Jandor and GRV have done so well in the course of their campaign for the State’s number one Political office, one cannot deny that Jandor is a major contender as he independently rose to prominence with no influence by a major player or Presidential Candidate, from selecting a popular face on the screen to massive campaigns and awareness initiative, it is obvious that Abdulazeez Olajide Adediran (Jandor) has done well and deserves to be given a chance by members and supporters of the Labour Party when a concrete agreement is effected, Jandor has shown commitment and capacity to work and has continuously challenged the APC for under-governing Lagos.
It is impossible to deny that the consequence of no agreement reached by both parties may only amount to the victory of the incumbent as a vote for a Candidate who will not win an election will only establish a Candidate who ought not to emerge.
The duo of JANDOR & GRV should interface now to save Lagos.