The silent beef now getting loud between the candidate of Labour Party, in the just concluded governorship election in Lagos, Gbadebo and the immediate former chairman of the party in Lagos state, Kayode Salako seems to be getting louder.
Recall that Gbadebo in a recent interview slammed Salako, saying he is ‘bi-polar”.
Salako in an interview with Punch, published today, has also given his 2 cents on why Gbadebo lost the governorship election.
Hear him; ”Gbadebo couldn’t have won that election because he sent a lot of people, about 70 per cent of the main political actors and field marshals in the party, away from his project. Many of us were not involved because he told us to our face that he didn’t need us for his own reasons. He said he had his people he wanted to work with for his election to the extent that he did not even work with the chairmen of the party in the 57 local governments and local council development areas. He was only listening to rumours about some members threatening to defect to opposition parties and adopt Sanwo-Olu as their candidate, but he didn’t know how to handle such a situation. He couldn’t even pretend to beg and talk to those people. I told him to beg the leader of the party, Alhaji Moshood Salvador, but he didn’t. My wife, Foluke Daramola, and I discovered Gbadebo. She was a force in how I discovered him and we fought for him to get the ticket. It wasn’t easy but we got the ticket for him. Immediately he collected the ticket, he turned against us. So, he was the architect of his failure. He couldn’t have won that election. He even told me that with or without me, he would be sworn in as the next governor of Lagos State. He abused the structure of the party in the state. He couldn’t have won because about 70 per cent of us stayed away from his project on the day of election. Gbadebo did not beg Alhaji Salvador, who had his structure as a former PDP chieftain; he also disregarded me as the immediate past chairman of the party. Do you know the number of my followers? Out of annoyance, Chief (Sunbo) Onitiri and many others defected to the APC.”
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