Ambode to learn his faith today

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode will today know the fate
of his bid for a second term of office as the National Leader of All
Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, meets with the
state’s highest advisory political organ, Governor’s Advisory
Council (GAC), this afternoon in Lagos to discuss the matter.
Ambode’s political future has been in limbo since Tinubu’s
powerful political machine, the Mandate Movement, threw up the
Managing Director of Lagos State Development and Property
Corporation (LSDPC), Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to challenge the
governor at the party’s primary scheduled for Tuesday.
Also in the race, is another strong contender, former
Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat,
a godson of the national leader, who has the backing of an equally
powerful group, the Justice Forum.
The governor’s travail had attracted the intervention of the
presidency and some governors, including Oyo State’s Senator
Abiola Ajimobi that pleaded for reprieve for him.
But faced with a possible mutiny by his foot soldiers, Tinubu
insisted that Ambode should test his popularity at the direct
primary contest for the party’s ticket, saying he no longer wants to
be accused of imposing anyone on the party.
THISDAY was told last night that the party’s national leader,
however, shifted some ground on Monday by agreeing to refer the
matter to the GAC, the body that advises the governor and the
party leader on matters of state as well issues that concern the
party.

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