The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has described his counterpart in the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Jimi Agbaje, as politically naive and a learner.
The latest spat between the candidates started after Agbaje criticised the distribution of rice to civil servants during a recent visit of Sanwo-Olu to Alausa, Ikeja, the state secretariat.
The PDP candidate had said the gesture was aimed at manipulating the workers.
But the APC flag bearer, in a statement on Sunday, said Agbaje “left the substance for the chaff and sensational.”
Sanwo-Olu explained that the meeting with the civil servants was a continuation of his engagements with critical stakeholders, adding that Agbaje insulted the workers by implying that they could be easily manipulated with rice.
“It is unfortunate that Mr. Agbaje, who we strongly consider to be a learner in the art and science of politics, always misses the point. For Agbaje to describe our meeting with the public servants in the manner he did, shows his disdain for consultative politics and government. How politically naïve he is. Why will a governorship candidate not consider the civil servants who will help to execute all government policies, programmes and agenda as major stakeholders during his campaign? We cannot but accede to the fact that the PDP candidate is truly a learner.
“It is also an insult on the creme of public servants in Lagos State to be described as people that could be easily manipulated for electoral gains,” the APC candidate said.
The head of Sanwo-Olu media team, Gboyega Akosile, explained that the rowdy distribution of the rice to party members was “unintended.”
“It was handled by outsiders who hijacked the distribution without following the established procedure for distribution,” he added.
Akosile said the PDP candidate resorted to fault-finding because he had nothing to campaign on.