- Unconfirmed reports have filtered in that Governor Ambode is facing impeachment
- The impeachment is allegedly connected with the governor’s second term bid and the reported rift between him and the APC leader, Tinubu
- Tinubu and local government chairmen loyal to him are said to be backing another aspirant for the state’s governorship seat in 2019
A day after Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state officially declared his bid for a second term, reports have filtered in that there is a threat to impeach the governor.
According to The Cable, the impeachment threat is not unconnected to an alleged ongoing rift between Ambode and the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Recall that Ambode had on Monday, September 10, obtained his expression of interest and nomination forms at the APC national secretariat in Abuja.
Quoting anonymous sources, The Cable, on Tuesday, September 11 claimed that 57 council chairmen who are loyal to Tinubu have met and pledged their support to his alleged preferred candidate, Jide Sanwo-Olu.
The sources also allegedly said that the governor may be impeached if he does not drop his second term bid.
NAIJ.com gathers that Ambode now faces the task of beating Sanwo-Olu and another APC stalwart, Obafemi Hamzat, in the primary.
According to the newspaper, council chairmen are the most influential grassroots mobilisers under the direct primary system adopted by the 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 Sanwo-Olu is the new governor of Lagos. All 57 local government chairmen have signed his form. It’s over,” The Cable quoted a source.
The newspaper further quoted an ally of Tinubu, James Odunmbaku, as saying “Sanwo-Olu is the incoming governor of Lagos.”
Sanwo-Olu, who has been suggested as Tinubu’s joker, served as a commissioner under Babatunde Fashola. He is the current managing director of Lagos State Development and Property Development Corporation.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that one of Nigeria's richest men, Femi Otedola, had allegedly accepted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) offer to run for the Lagos gubernatorial election in 2019.
Dele Momodu in a tweet on Tuesday, September 11, claimed Otedola personally confirmed it to him.
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