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Agbaje Calls Tinubu “Pharaoh”, Says Let My People Go!

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The Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] candidate for the 2019 Lagos State governorship election, Mr. Jimi Agbaje has likened Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to the biblical Pharaoh of Egypt.

Mr. Agbaje’s name-calling arose from Tinubu’s mockery of him for adopting the ‘freedom’ slogan for his 2019 election campaign.

Tinubu had, while addressing members of the All Progressives Congress [APC], on Monday, said of Agbaje:

“Those who said they want freedom should go and learn tailoring and vulcanising and we will do freedom for them later.”

Lagos State PDP Governorship Candidate, Chief Jimi Agbaje

In response, the latter, in a statement on Tuesday issued by his Director of Media and Publicity, Felix Oboagwina, likened Tinubu to Pharaoh.

Pharaoh, it could be recalled, refused to allow the Israelites to leave Egypt despite divine warnings.

He, rather, kept the Israelites in bondage and forced slavery until God rescued them from Pharaoh’s hand.

Therefore, Agbaje, who compared Lagosians and Lagos State as slaves of “Pharaoh” Tinubu, said:

“Pharaoh, you must let our people go! Apparently, the APC leader has lost touch with reality.”

The statement continues:

“Otherwise, he would know that, like the children of Israel, Lagosians are groaning under the taskmaster that Tinubu and his cronies have turned themselves into in this state that should rate as Nigeria’s foremost.”

Agbaje said that Lagos would be liberated after Lagosians might have slammed an electoral disgrace to the APC in 2019.

“We identify with our vulcanisers, tailors and all craftsmen who have the joy of duly-earned freedom after their apprenticeship, he said.

“But it is apparent that, unlike them, those who have gotten used to filthy lucre and the dividends of corruption cannot savour the joy that comes with the legitimate sweat and labour of hardworking artisans,” he added.

Tinubu, it could also be recalled, removed the incumbent governor, Akinwunmi Ambode with a snap of his finger after unleashing the might of the House of Assembly on him.


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