– Chief Bola Tinubu has reportedly advised Akinwunmi Ambode to shelve his second term ambition
– The governor is however insisting on the party direct primaries
– Attempt by the governor’s wife to pacify Tinubu reportedly failed
The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has allegedly asked Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to drop his second term bid and endorse Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The Punch reports that the Mandate Movement in the Lagos APC which is controlled by the APC chieftain is backing Sanwo-Olu. It was reported that despite pleas from notable politicians, Tinubu had refused to back Ambode.
The wife of the governor, Bolanle, reportedly met with Tinubu in Osun to try and pacify him but the meeting failed to yield any result.
It was reported that APC leaders are mounting pressure on the governor to drop his second term bid but that the governor insists on going on with the direct primaries.
A source said: “Ambode was told to step down and forget his second term ambition. He was told to publicly endorse Sanwo-Olu as his successor. He was promised a ministerial appointment after the APC might have won the presidential election. He was even told to pick a ministry of his choice.
“But Ambode seemed not to be pleased with the directives of the leaders as he declined the ministerial dangle. He also told them to allow the APC primary process to continue as planned. For now, the meeting is still continuing and there is no compromise in sight.”
Another source said: “We told him that he might likely lose if he decided not to fight back, but he just smiled.”
Meanwhile, a top aide to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state on Wednesday, September 19, said the alleged suspension of the governor’s second term ambition was a hoax.
The aide, who spoke anonymously, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the news making the rounds that Ambode had shelved his ambition of a second term return to office, was untrue.
We note that according to reports being circulated, the governor had decided after due considerations and consultations, to suspend campaign for second term as the executive governor of Lagos state.
In the same report, the governor was alleged to have said: “I hereby endorse Jide Sanwo-Olu to represent our party for the office of the executive governor of Lagos state.”
However, the source who debunked the report, said it was a hoax, untrue and a totally false report.
“The governor is still very much interested to continue his good works in the state. He means well for the state and he believes there is still a lot to be achieved. This he hopes to consolidate upon, if he is re-elected,” the source said.