Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran, also known as Jandor, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, has fired back at his former boss, Babatunde Fashola, following the latter’s comment about his governorship ambition.
On Thursday, February 9, 2023, Fashola while speaking at an event in Lagos described Jandor as a cameraman who needs to join the state’s leadership school to learn and understand governance.
Jandor was a member of Fashola’s media team when he governed the state for eight years, but the former governor believes the experience of the PDP governorship candidate as a cameraman is not enough to put him through governance.
“I did that job for eight years and part of what helped me was that I was Chief of Staff with the governor, I saw it up close but even then, it wasn’t enough. So just following a governor, being a cameraman and then watching me for eight years, you think you’ll now be a governor? You’re not ready”, Fashola had said.
Reacting to this in a series of tweets, Jandor said he has never been a cameraman.
He said the “disparaging statements” by the Minister of Works and Housing reminded him of the camera Fashola “magically found at Lekki toll gate, the scene of the Endsars massacre”.
He explained that when he worked under Fashola, he was employed in “the service of the government of Lagos State Broadcasting Service as a reportorial and editorial executive” and not as a cameraman.
Dismissing Fashola’s claim about his readiness to lead Lagos, Jandor recalled that in June 2020 when he lost his mother, the former governor attested to his leadership skill in his condolence message.
“In June of 2020, an extract from BRF’s condolence message to me on the loss of my mum, in black prints, states: “your very inspiring life story…turned into a ladder for educational success, entrepreneurial acumen and visionary leadership aspirations. … it is just a few weeks to elections and the story has suddenly changed.” Jandor wrote.
My attention has been drawn to disparaging statements made by my Boss, former Governor of Lagos, Babatunde Fashola earlier today at an event in Lagos. He reportedly referred to me as a cameraman who is not ready to govern Lagos.
He said that despite being a governorship candidate of the main opposition party in Lagos, he respected Fashola and spoke well of him and his achievements.
He added that the statement by the former governor is a reminder that “this is the season of calumnies” and the ruling party members are out to sell their “unenviable records” to the Lagos electorate.