The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Abdulazeez Olajide Adeniran, popularly known as Jandor, has slammed Bola Tinubu over his comments on his running mate, Funke Akindele.
HotNewsInNaija reported that Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had warned his supporters against mentioning Akindele’s name in his presence.
The former Governor of Lagos said it is an insult to compare the Nollywood actress cum politician with his anointed candidate, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Tinubu made this known during the party’s caucus meeting on Wednesday at the Lagos APC Secretariat on Acme Road, Ogba.
Reacting to Tinubu’s comments, Adeniran stated that Tinubu and the APC should be ashamed of themselves for discrediting and ridiculing his running mate all in the name of politics.
In a series of tweets via his Twitter handle on Thursday, The PDP governorship candidate asserted that those castigating Akindele are frightened by her enviable status and achievement.
Adeniran opined that Nigerian parents are proud of his running mate, who rose to her current enviable status through her dedication, hard work, and parental training, except for those who trained theirs with public funds.
He wrote: “Over the last few months, through radio and television interviews and communications via the Lagos4Lagos channels, I have graciously responded to questions about my decision to invite Funke Akindele to run with me as deputy governor of Lagos state.
“Despite my very clear intentions, people have continued to try to discredit Funke Akindele and ridicule her capacity to lead, using the very things that have brought her great success, and acclaim as reasons to attack her. Let me state it again, unequivocally.
“Funke Akindele is my running mate because she is one of the most accomplished indigenes of Lagos state, an extremely savvy businesswoman who has contributed so much in Lagos economy where those who spoke little of her have made their fortunes, without a trace to any personal business of theirs, before attaining public office.
“She understands the power of narrative and has used it to advance causes important to her, her exemplary career of over twenty years in an industry where the stars of others have risen and waned, speaks volume of her tenacity.
“There is so much effort to discredit her because the people concerned know that Funke cannot be bought with monetary incentives( believe me they have tried) she cannot be bullied and she refuses to be corrupted by the ambition of others.
“There’s no parent who wouldn’t be proud of Funke Akindele who rose to her current enviable status, through her hard work and parental training, except for those who trained theirs with public funds.
“I would be terrified too if I was in the opposition to such a formidable woman. But unlike them, we intend to win honourably, by convincing the people about the sincerity and urgency of our mission. I would advise those who whisper about her credibility to do the same.”
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