Ambode now against his godfather

APC leaders to endorse Sanwo-Olu, Hamzat joint ticket today.
The battle for the soul of Lagos State took a strange twist
yesterday when Governor Akinwunmi Ambode boldly told a
meeting of leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, at
the Bourdillon, Ikoyi home of the party’s National Leader, Asiwaju
Bola Ahmed Tinubu, that he will not step down for their preferred
candidate in the 2019 governorship race in the state.
The meeting chaired by Tinubu and called under the banner of
Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) the most powerful clique in
Lagos APC also had in attendance outgoing governor of Osun,
Rauf Aregbesola, his newly elected successor, Gboyega Oyetola,
Ambode and other members of the 22-member council.
A reliable source at the meeting told Saturday Sun that “Ambode
was told in plain terms that the party will not support his second
term ambition and as such should step down for the candidate the
party members are clamouring for. But throughout the whole
discussion and till the meeting ended, the governor stood his
ground, explaining why he must run and that he will run if APC
desires to win the state.”
The governor was said to have listed his achievements to convince
the party leaders who equally failed to shift ground. “He was busy
speaking grammar when no single member at the meeting
supported him. We wish him luck”, the source added.
The meeting however ended with a directive to the State Working
Committee of the party to address a press conference today,
Saturday at the party’s secretariat on Acme road, Ikeja where the
preferred governorship candidate Jide Sanwo-Olu and his running
mate, Femi Hamzat will be officially presented to party members
to vote for at the governorship primaries scheduled for tomorrow,
Sunday.
The Ambode camp however appears determined to enter into full
battle with Tinubu and his men. A source close to the governor told
Saturday Sun yesterday that, “Tinubu and his men are jokers, if
they fail to present Ambode for second term, they will lose Lagos
like they lost Osun, forget the eventual manipulation of the final
result.”
“Ambode is the party’s poster boy, and that’s why President Buhari
asked the SGF, Boss Mustapha to wade into the Lagos ticket issue
but if they ignore even the president’s intervention, they will be
doomed like Osun. Nigerians will see that Tinubu is overrated as
has shown in Osun. You can see that the president had to send
Fayemi, Oshiomhole and others to step into the Osun election, the
presidential emissaries didn’t go to meet Tinubu and Aregbesola
who were in Osogbo before they went straight to meet Omisore in
Ile-Ife, that shows how less they regard him”, the source added.
The Ambode camp had hoped that yesterday’s meeting will end in
their favour but was shocked by the insistence of the party leaders
that the governor must step down.

3 Comments

  1. Hmm

  2. Too late

  3. APCmust loose in Lagos and Oyo State

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