2019!!! Governor Ambode Smells Defeat, ‘Goes Down On His Knees’ To Beg Bola Tinubu, As Asiwaju’s Camp Organises Groundbreaking Rally Today

By Post-Nigeria: September 16, 2018 08:26

2019!!! Governor Ambode Smells Defeat, ‘Goes Down On His Knees’ To Beg Bola Tinubu, As Asiwaju’s Camp Organises Groundbreaking Rally Today

The confusion over the re-election bid of Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, failed to clear off on Saturday, as the All Progressives Congress, APC, National Leadership, could not secure a firm commitment from its National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on the Governor’s second term ambition.

The APC Leaders, led by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, and the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, who were said to be acting on the directives of President Muhammadu Buhari, met with Tinubu again, to prevail on him to “forgive” Ambode, for his alleged infractions, and to back the Governor to secure a second term.

A source close to the National Secretariat of the party, however, revealed that the effort of the Leaders could not be said to have resolved the situation, as Tinubu did not give Osinbajo and Oshiomhole any specific promise of supporting Ambode, for a second term.

The source stated: “The President asked the Vice President and the National Chairman to resolve the crisis amicably, so that the Governor could get a second term. Osinbajo met Tinubu twice, in Abuja, on Friday, on Ambode’s matter, where he relayed the President’s message, and the need to keep Lagos for the APC.

“He also told Asiwaju that the President would not want the crisis to affect the party, in the 2019 general elections.”

It was gathered that Buhari’s foremost concern was that the crisis in Lagos State, which boasts of the highest number of registered voters, if not well-managed, could affect his political calculations for his second term bid, as well.

It was learnt that as the APC Leaders battled to save the embattled Governor’s second term ambition, Ambode landed in Tinubu’s house, in Abuja, where the Governor begged Tinubu to forgive him for his alleged offences.

Another very reliable party source said: “Yes, it was part of the efforts we are making from this end to save the party from crisis in the State, and the nation. The Governor came to beg Tinubu in his residence, in Abuja, to forgive him. I think the appeal helped to reduce the tension, and soften the ground for the Governor. It is however, difficult to say if that had ended the crisis.

“Some Governors have also called the National Leader, pleading with him to save their ‘poster boy’ the humiliation of not getting a second term. Their fears are that such development in Lagos, which is the economic nerve centre of the country, could have a negative effect on the fortunes of the party in other States.”

A source in the Asiwaju’s camp who spoke on Saturday, confirmed the meeting between Tinubu and Ambode.

“Yes, the meeting held. He (Ambode) saw Asiwaju in Abuja, to beg him, but I cannot give you any further details”, he said.

It was also learnt that Tinubu returned to Lagos on Saturday, as preparations for the rally and formal declaration of another APC Governorship Aspirant in the State, Jide Sanwo-Olu, were being concluded.

The organisers of the rally, billed for City Hall, Lagos Island, on Sunday, had concluded that 1,000 supporters be mobilised from each of the Local Government Areas in the State, for the rally.

After the return of Tinubu from Abuja, the Chairmen of the Local Governments held another crucial meeting, at Watercress Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, on “new developments” concerning the Sunday event.

A source at the meeting, who is an Aide of one of the Council Chairmen, disclosed that the Chairmen were informed that while the rally for Sanwo-Olu would still go ahead on Sunday, the Chairmen should no longer “mobilise” 1,000 supporters from their Local Governments.

“No, the rally has not been called off. The Chairmen are in the meeting, but the latest information is that they should no longer mobilise 1,000 people from the Councils. Those to attend the rally are the Leaders from the Ward to the State levels; the State and Federal Legislators, and party Chiefs”, he said.

One of the Aides of Tinubu, disclosed that the rally would still go ahead as planned, on Sunday.

“That is the grand declaration. It is going ahead; nothing has changed”, he said.

Another source, a former Member of the State House of Assembly, however, noted that the reduction in the number of those to attend the rally, was a crowd control strategy at the venue.

“You know the way our people behave. Even the supporters, who are meant to attend, will get to the venue before the organisers”, he stated.

The former Lawmaker, however, revealed that the latest information on the battle to save Ambode’s job, was that nothing had changed from the resolve of party Stakeholders in the State, to see off the Epe-born Technocrat.

“What we heard was that Asiwaju has not agreed (to back Ambode). I do not know what happened in the evening, things might have changed”, he said.

Elsewhere, a Lawmaker, who spoke on Saturday, argued that while the embattled Governor had not shown enough political sagacity in handling the affairs of the party Leaders in the State, it would be in the interest of the APC, to resolve its festering crisis amicably.

He stated: “It was the same crisis we faced in the day of Fashola, until we were able to block the funneling of money to the Labour Party, by one of our Leaders.

“Do not forget that we lost some seats to the PDP, in the last elections. We knew what we had to do to bring some of them back to the APC.

“So, it is in the interest of the party to resolve this crisis, to prevent such crack again.”


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