Deadly Tension Continues In Lagos, As President Buhari, Oba Of Lagos, Quickly Move To Save Governor Ambode From Bola Tinubu

By Post-Nigeria: September 13, 2018 09:29

Deadly Tension Continues In Lagos, As President Buhari, Oba Of Lagos, Quickly Move To Save Governor Ambode From Bola Tinubu

President Muhammadu Buhari, and the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, have embarked on a last minute move to save Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, from an impending loss of the State’s All Progressives Congress, APC, ticket, for the 2019 Governorship election.

Recall, that there have been reports that Ambode was no longer in the good books of the APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu, which might endanger his second term bid.

However, the tension became palpable on Tuesday, when two new Governorship Aspirants under the APC umbrella, Obafemi Hamzat and Jide Sanwoolu, emerged to vie for the Governorship ticket against Ambode, in the direct party primary, happening in two weeks time.

Hamzat and Sanwoolu, former Commissioners in the State, were said to have claimed to have Tinubu’s backing.

Ambode was also said to have the APC National Leader’s backing, when he declared his intention to go for a second term, on Monday.

However, impeccable sources within the ruling party, revealed on Wednesday, that prominent personalities, including President Buhari, and the Oba of Lagos, had stepped in to resolve the crisis, noting that, the matter would be resolved.

“There are serious moves to end the crisis. Many people, including the President, have waded in. And it is not yet too late for the issue to be resolved”, said a close source.

“President Buhari, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, and Oba Rilwan Akiolu, are making efforts to ensure that the matter is resolved, and Ambode’s second term bid is not terminated”, the source added.

Another source disclosed that there was no problem between Ambode and his political father, Tinubu, but the Governor was believed to have drawn the anger of the party Leader and key supporters, when he allegedly sidelined them from his administration.

While reminded that many APC members in the State were of the opinion that Ambode might fail to clinch the APC Governorship ticket, having been abandoned by the 57 Local Council Chairmen in the State, the source said that there is no cause for alarm.

He maintained that the President, who is a father to all the APC members, would resolve the logjam.

Another source stated the party Elders, who were said to have sponsored Sanwoolu, had decided to open discussion on Ambode, after pressure from different quarters.

As a face saving measure to heat up the polity, Ambode on Wednesday, declared that there was no rift between himself and Tinubu.

Ambode, who broke his silence on Wednesday, said: “Reports indicating a fight between me and Asiwaju Tinubu, are out of place; there was no fight anywhere.”

He added: “The best is yet to come, and the best will be what Lagos State deserves. I want you to continue with your prayers that at this time, God will show His hand, and make sure that everything that is of blessing to Lagos State.

“I want to reiterate once again, that our party, the All Progressives Congress, remains the party to beat; we are the party at the National level, and we are going to remain the party in the State.”


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