The main headlines of the mainstream Nigerian newspapers for Thursday, September 13, are focused on the alleged rift between the Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, and the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Bola Tinubu.
The Guardian newspaper reports that President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly summoned the national leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, to Abuja yesterday over the latter’s rift with Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.
A reliable source from the party told the press that the APC Governors’ Forum urged Buhari to appeal to Tinubu not to disgrace one of their own.
The Punch reports that Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi; and the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, have embarked on a last-minute move to save Akinwunmi Ambode, from an impending loss of the state's All Progressives Congress ticket for the 2019 governorship election.
There had been reports that Ambode was no longer in the good books of the APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, which might endanger his second term bid.
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Vanguard reports that Ambode has relocated to his home base in Epe where he is weighing his options in the face of chorused mobilisation by the political base of the party to stop him.
With the Tinubu camp seething of rebellion by Ambode, pacifists were, however, calling on Tinubu to thread with caution, with the assertion that he could lose his place of political ascendancy in the state if the crisis with the governor was not properly managed.
Indicative of the governor’s unbalanced position, the chairman of the Lagos state chapter of the party, Alhaji Babatunde Balogun, said yesterday that the party and its mainstream were still waiting on Tinubu for direction in the face of what he said were three options. The three options he cited were Ambode, Babajide Sanwoolu, who is the choice of Tinubu’s Mandate Group and Dr. Femi Hamzat, a loyalist of the state’s immediate past governor, Babatunde Fashola.
The Nation reports that the APC elders said.that no aspirant has been adopted for Lagos state governor. The chairman of the Elders’ Forum, Alhaji Tajudeen Olusi, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, said the party would not have resolved to hold a primary if it had adopted an aspirant.
He was reacting to media reports that the chapter had adopted Jide Sanwo-Olu, the managing director of the Lagos state Property Development Corporation (LSPDC), as its governorship candidate.
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This Day reports that as the submission of completed expression of interest and nomination forms for aspirants seeking the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) closed Wednesday, President Muhammadu Buhari was the only presidential aspirant who collected and submitted the nomination forms.
Consequently, he has emerged unopposed in his bid for a second term of office on the platform of the party.
He would, however, undergo other processes before he would be formally pronounced the presidential candidate of the APC for next year’s election.
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