2019!!! Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Technically Declares War With Bola Tinubu, Boldly Refuses To Step Down, In The Lagos State Governorship Race

By Post-Nigeria: September 29, 2018 07:56

2019!!! Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Technically Declares War With Bola Tinubu, Boldly Refuses To Step Down, In The Lagos State Governorship Race

The battle for the soul of Lagos State, took a strange twist on Friday, when Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, boldly told a meeting of Leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, at the Bourdillon, Ikoyi home of the party’s National Leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, that he will not step down for their preferred candidate, in the 2019 Governorship race in the State.

The meeting chaired by Tinubu, and called under the banner of the Governor’s Advisory Council, GAC, the most powerful clique in the Lagos APC, also had in attendance the outgoing Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, his newly elected successor, Gboyega Oyetola, Ambode, and other members of the 22-member Council.

A reliable source at the meeting revealed that: “Ambode was told in plain terms that the party will not support his second term ambition, and as such should step down for the candidate the party members are clamouring for. But throughout the whole discussion and till the meeting ended, the Governor stood his ground, explaining why he must run, and that he will run if the APC desires to win in the State.”

The Governor was said to have listed his achievements to convince the party Leaders, who equally failed to shift ground.

“He was busy speaking grammar when no single member at the meeting supported him. We wish him luck”, the source added.

The meeting however ended with a directive to the State Working Committee of the party, to address a Press Conference today, Saturday, at the party’s Secretariat on ACME Road, Ikeja, where the preferred Governorship candidate, Jide Sanwo-Olu, and his running mate, Femi Hamzat, will be officially presented to party members, to vote for at the Governorship primaries scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday.

The Ambode camp however, appears determined to enter into full battle with Tinubu and his men.

A source close to the Governor also disclosed that: “Tinubu and his men are jokers, if they fail to present Ambode for second term, they will lose Lagos like they lost Osun, forget the eventual manipulation of the final result.”

“Ambode is the party’s poster boy, and that is why President Buhari asked the SGF, Boss Mustapha, to wade into the Lagos ticket issue, but if they ignore even the President’s intervention, they will be doomed like Osun. Nigerians will see that Tinubu is overrated, as has shown in Osun. You can see that the President had to send Fayemi, Oshiomhole, and others, to step into the Osun election, the Presidential emissaries did not go to meet Tinubu and Aregbesola, who were in Osogbo before they went straight to meet Omisore in Ile-Ife, that shows how less they regard him”, the source added.

The Ambode camp had hoped that Friday’s meeting will end in their favour, but was shocked by the insistence of the party Leaders, that the Governor must step down.

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