2019!!! APC Gives Governor Ambode A Lesser Offer, As The Mighty Jagaban, Bola Tinubu, Refuses To Back Down

By Post-Nigeria: September 20, 2018 08:32

2019!!! APC Gives Governor Ambode A Lesser Offer, As The Mighty Jagaban, Bola Tinubu, Refuses To Back Down

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, has reportedly instructed Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, to step down, ahead of the 2019 general elections.

It was learnt that the ruling APC Leadership, is also mounting pressure on the Governor to drop his second term bid, and endorse his opponent, Babajide Sanwoolu.

Sanwoolu came into reckoning in Lagos State politics, after he obtained the State’s Governorship form, last Tuesday, and immediately got the backing of the Mandate Movement in the Lagos APC

The Mandate Movement is led by Bola Tinubu, who was Ambode’s political godfather.

The Chairmen of the 57 Local Government Councils in the State, had also declared support for Sanwoolu.

The Governor and Tinubu, have been in the news in the past few days, because of an alleged rift over the second term bid of Ambode.

Tinubu had refused to back Ambode’s second term ambition, despite pleas by notable people in the State and the country.

Sanwoolu, a former Commissioner in the State, on Sunday, formally declared his intention to vie for the Lagos State Governorship ticket of the APC, promising to restore the glory of the State, if voted in as the Governor.

Notable APC Leaders in the State, who are either Allies of Tinubu or his followers, were at the declaration.

It was gathered that both State and National Leaders of the party, met on Wednesday, and mounted pressure on Ambode, to accept the decision of Tinubu.

Ambode had however, told them that he would prefer to go ahead with the direct primary option of the party in the State.

A source said: “Ambode was told to step down and forget his second term ambition by Tinubu. He was told to publicly endorse Sanwoolu 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.”

However, it was gathered that the Lagos State APC Leaders, were still insisting that Ambode must go, as at Wednesday evening.

In another development, the meeting of the Governor’s Advisory Council, the APC’s highest advisory political organ, which was held in Lagos, did not discuss Ambode’s issue.

The body was supposed to advise the party on the choice between Ambode and Sanwoolu, and its implication for the party.

There had been reports that the verdict of the body would seal the fate of both Ambode and Sanwoolu.

A source stated that the meeting merely took briefing on the three Aspirants – Ambode, Sanwoolu, and Dr. Femi Hamzat, and later discussed the Osun State Governorship election.

The body was also said to have advised the party to shift the primary to September 29, 2018, instead of the September 25, when it planned to hold the primary.

The source said: “Asiwaju, the Governor, as well as the two other Aspirants, were not present at the meeting. A briefing on the profile of the Aspirants was taken, and advice was given that the primary be shifted to September 29.

“The body will meet again on Saturday, when members will discuss more on the Aspirants.”

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