- The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it will welcome Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to its fold ahead of 2019
- Ambode is battling with Jide Sanwo-Olu, a former commissioner for training and establishments and Femi Hamzat for the APC ticket
- The PDP in Lagos calls Ambode a big personality that will be accepted by any opposition party
The Lagos state chapter of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday, September 13, said it would welcome Governor Akinwunmi Ambode into its fold if he decided to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The publicity secretary of the party, Taofeek Gani, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
The report said Gani spoke following reports that Jide Sanwo-Olu, a former commissioner for training and establishments in the state, had been adopted by the APC leaders to succeed Ambode.
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The report said the APC chairman in Lagos state, Alhaji Tunde Balogun, had told newsmen on Wednesday, September 12, that the governorship ticket of the party was open to all aspirants.
NAIJ.com understands that the former commissioner for works, Obafemi Hamzat, is another aspirant seeking the job of Ambode with Sanwo-Olu.
Gani said that the party would be glad to receive Ambode into its fold if he decided to leave APC for whatever reason.
“Any forward-looking party would not have rejected its main opponent joining it, especially a big personality like Ambode.
“We are ready to welcome him (Ambode) to our party, if he decides to join for any reason. We are very ready to accept him, if he decides to join us.
“You see PDP is a party for all, so far value will be added. We cannot turn down our opponents, especially a big personality like Ambode.
“Therefore, he is welcome. His joining us will definitely add value and boost our chances to win the state,” he said.
The PDP spokesperson said the party would accord him all the rights and privileges with the existing members to realise his political ambitions.
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Currently, Deji Doherty and Jimi Agbaje are among those who have picked the PDP nomination forms for the governorship ticket.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that a day after Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state officially declared his bid for a second term, reports filtered in that there is a threat to impeach the governor.
The impeachment threat is not unconnected to an alleged ongoing rift between Ambode and the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
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