Mr. Jimi Agbaje, Lagos State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, has replied to an allegation levelled against him by Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State.
Fashola, Wednesday, at the 8th Annual Lagos State Taxation Stakeholders’ Conference, said JayKay Pharmaceuticals, owned by Agbaje, did not pay the Land Use Charge between 2009 and 2012.
But a statement issued Thursday, by Felix Oboagwina, Director of Media and Publicity of Agbaje campaign organisation, described the allegation as an attempt to ridicule the PDP candidate.
“I have made it clear that I will run a clean campaign based on nothing but the issues and facts. I will not engage in a smear campaign where anything, including the kitchen sink goes.
“The people of Lagos know better than to be blinded by APC’s smokescreen of accusations and diversions. Let me be clear. I wouldn’t stoop to engage in such desperate tactics that has been exhibited by Governor Fashola and the APC over the last couple of weeks,” the statement said.
Agbaje expressed surprise at the attack against by Fashola.
“Just in January, the Commissioner for Finance sent a personal letter to Mr. Agbaje, commending him for his faithfulness in payment of taxes relating to his residence.
“It is a curious contradiction that several days later, the Governor himself would express sentiments clearly in contradiction to the spirit and letter of that voluntary and unsolicited commendation from the state.
“Are they feeling the heat of Agbaje and PDP’s impending victory in the state, or how does one explain this recourse to personal attacks recently embarked upon by chieftains of APC?” the statement asked.
Oboagwina said Agbaje left the directorship of the company in 2006.
But Fashola, at the APC rally in Epe Thursday, said the letter Agbaje is flaunting does not contain evidence that he has paid for the years, for which he is alleged to owing. Speaking in Yoruba, the governor said he was challenging Agbaje to produce evidence of payment for those years.