- Second term ambition of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode still remains in doubt as the party leaders refused to shift their ground
- Mandate Movement of APC in Lagos headed by Cardinal James Odunbaku has declared that Ambode must go
- It was gathered that the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Friday, September 14, refused to intervene in the battle against Ambode;s second term bid
The fate of the governor of Lagos state, Akinwunmi Ambode, still hangs in the balance as he failed to secure the nod of a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for his second term bid in 2019.
The Punch reports that Tinubu on Friday, September 14, allegedly refused to intervene in the intra-party crisis that has pitted Ambode against the leadership of the party in the state and members of the Conference 57.
NAIJ.com gathered that the Conference 57 is a forum of all the council chairmen in the state.
It was gathered that discussion among members of the Mandate Movement of the state APC, headed by Tinubu, did not yield any result that favoured the incumbent governor.
The party leaders are insisting that Ambode should not be given a second term ticket because he had neglected party members since he was inaugurated in 2015.
The leadership of the Mandate Movement, it was learnt, insisted that they would prefer Olajide Sanwo-Olu as the candidate of the party for the 2019 governorship election.
According to Punch, sources close to the leadership said the group had rejected all interventions made by Ambode and his supporters to convince the Mandate Movement.
The leadership of the Mandate Movement of the APC decides who gets what in the state.
It was gathered that to give a booster to their support for Sanwo-Olu, they attended a press conference the governorship aspirant addressed in Lagos on Friday, September 14.
Notable members of the Mandate Movement including their leader, Cardinal James Odunbaku, popularly known as 'Baba Eto', members of the Conference 57 led by their leader, who is also the chairman of the Lagos Mainland local government, Omolola Essien, attended the event.
Reports had it that shouts of ‘in-coming governor’ rented the air as Sanwo-Olu arrived the venue in a convoy at 3:11pm.
Before they allowed him to address the press, they sang the ‘On your mandate, Tinubu, on your mandate, we shall stand,’ anthem amidst jubilation.
After this, Sanwo-Olu while addressing the press said Tinubu would not force him or any member willing to contest governorship to jettison the idea.
It was reported that though none of the members of the movement spoke with the press at the event, sources close to the leadership said they would rather prefer their candidate to lose at the primary than allowing “Ambode to be imposed on us.”
The source said, “We must go for the direct primary. Sanwo-Olu is the person we want, Ambode must go.”
But a source close to the governor said the issue would be resolved and Ambode would be given the ticket.
But effort to get the reaction of Tinubu failed. His spokesperson, Tunde Rahman, said he was in Osogbo and was not ready to comment on the issue.
“I’m sorry I cannot talk about the issue and in fact, I’m in Osogbo,” he said.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that an All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Lagos State, Jide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday, September 14, said he did not believe national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, would ask him to back down on his ambition.
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Sanwo-Olu made the statement during an interactive session with newsmen in Lagos.
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