Billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola on Saturday endorsed the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Lagos state, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, but the move did not go down well with a lot of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in the state.
A member of the PDP Board of Trustees, Bode George has therefore vowed to confront Otedola over the development.
George is aparently miffed at the endorsement because just last month, Otedola, who is the Chairman of Forte Oil Plc, was rumoured to have agreed to run for governor on the platform of the PDP.
The rumour originated from publisher of Ovation Magazine and Boss Newspaper, Dele Momodu, who said the oil magnate had privately confirmed to him that he would be contesting the governorship seat in Lagos.
Otedola did not deny or confirm the report but in a post on his official Instagram handle on Saturday, Otedola said, “Dinner at my residence yesterday evening with my childhood friend, APC governorship candidate, Jide Sanwo-Olu; the governor in waiting.”
George, in a telephone interview with The Punch, expressed bewilderment at Otedola’s support for the Sanwo-Olu, saying “that is news to me. That is very interesting. Wonders will never cease. It is very shocking.”
When asked to comment on Otedola’s purported governorship ambition, George stated, “He has always been with us (PDP). I will call him. I will find out that ‘Ki lo ri? Ki lo se? (What did you see? What did you do?)’ That is strange.”
He, however, added that Otedola’s endorsement of the opposition would not influence the strategies of the PDP in Lagos.
The PDP chieftain said, “No, it doesn’t affect our strategies towards 2019 because he is not in our camp. But it is a shocking. He is my aburo (junior) and I am going to find out from him what made him (endorse Sanwo-Olu).
“But he is a thoroughbred Lagosian and the people Bola (Tinubu) is handpicking are all from Ogun State. Is that what he wants for his state? I will ask him.”