57 LG Chairmen endorse Tinubu-backed Sanyaolu

The plot to stop Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos, in 2019
have been dismissed by stakeholders of the ruling All Progressives
Congress (APC) in the state but emerging signs show he is fighting
for his political life.
There is a threat to impeach Ambode if he does not drop his
second term bid.
Over 50 council chairmen loyal to Bola Tinubu, his estranged
godfather, have met and pledged their support for Jide Sanwonolu,
who is believed to be Tinubu’s preferred choice, according to APC
insiders.
The council chairmen are the most influential grassroots
mobilizers under the direct primary system adopted by APC to pick
governorship candidates.
Most members of the Lagos house of assembly are also loyal to
Tinubu.
“Meeting is over. Ambode is out. Jide Sanyaolu Sanwonolu is the
new governor of Lagos. All 57 local government chairman have
signed his form. It’s over,” the source said.
On Monday, the governor, alongside some members of his cabinet,
stormed the headquarters of the APC in Abuja to get expression of
interest and nomination forms for his 2019 bid.
He later told some APC members that he was not tired and needed
their support to continue in office beyond 2019.
“With your support, we have made Lagos a better place and
changed the face of our state. I did not do it alone; we did it
together, because you believed,” he had said.
“So, I humbly call you again, to give me your support as I seek to
continue with your mandate to steer the affairs of our state. I ask
you to believe again and together, let’s achieve more.”
However, Sanwonolu and Obafemi Hamzat, two prominent
members of the APC in Lagos, also picked the nomination forms
for the governorship election of 2019.
Sanwonolu, who served as a commissioner under Babatunde
Fashola, Ambode’s predecessor, is currently the managing director
of Lagos State Property Development Corporation (LSPDC).
He is being backed by Mandate Movement, a group fiercely loyal
to Tinubu.
At a meeting held after Sanwonolu picked up his nomination form,
James Odunmbaku, an ally of Tinubu known as “Baba Eto” in the
political circle, said “Sanwololu is the incoming governor of
Lagos.”
There have been reports of a rift between Tinubu and Ambode.
When the APC leader canvassed for direct primary in Lagos,
rumors were rife that Ambode was one of the targets but both men
have carried on as if all is well.
Hamzat, a former commissioner in the state, is also eyeing
Ambode’s seat, having failed to secure the party’s ticket in 2015.
Heavyweights of the ruling party had rallied round Ambode who
defeated Hamzat and Olasupo Sasore, the choice of Fashola, to
clinch the ticket of APC in 2015.
Asked to comment on the latest development in the state, Joe
Igbokwe, publicity secretary of Lagos APC, told TheCable: “Do you
know that Ambode picked his nomination form yesterday? That
puts to rest the speculations you’ve been hearing for years.

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