Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Faces Immediate Impeachment, As New Lagos State Governor Set To Emerge From Bola Tinubu’s Camp

By Post-Nigeria: September 11, 2018 19:22

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Faces Immediate Impeachment, As New Lagos State Governor Set To Emerge From Bola Tinubu’s Camp

Reports on the plot to stop Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, ahead of 2019 general elections, have emerged.

Credible sources revealed that there is a threat to impeach Ambode, if he does not drop his second term bid.

Over 50 Council Chairmen loyal to the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, his estranged godfather, have met and pledged their support to Jide Sanwonolu, who is believed to be Tinubu’s preferred choice of Governor of the State, according to APC insiders.

The Council Chairmen are the most influential grassroots mobilisers, under the direct primary system adopted by the APC to pick the party’s 2019 Governorship candidates.

It was learnt that most Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly are also loyal to Tinubu.

“Meeting is over. Ambode is out. Jide Sanwonolu is the new Governor of Lagos. All 57 Local Government Chairmen have signed his form. It is over”, a source said; although, Post-Nigeria could not independently verify the claim by the source.

Recall, that on Monday, the Governor, alongside some members of his cabinet, stormed the Headquarters of the APC in Abuja, to get the expression of interest and nomination forms, for his 2019 bid.

He later told some APC members that he was not tired, and needed their support to continue in office beyond 2019.

“With your support, we have made Lagos a better place, and changed the face of our State. I did not do it alone; we did it together, because you believed”, Ambode had said.

“So, I humbly call you again, to give me your support, as I seek to continue with your mandate to steer the affairs of our State. I ask you to believe again, and together, let us achieve more.”

Nonetheless, Sanwonolu and Obafemi Hamzat, two prominent members of the APC in Lagos State, also picked the nomination forms for the Governorship election in 2019.

Sanwonolu, who served as a Commissioner under Babatunde Fashola, Ambode’s predecessor, is currently the Managing Director of the Lagos State Property Development Corporation, LSPDC.

He is being backed by Mandate Movement, a group fiercely loyal to Tinubu.

At a meeting held after Sanwonolu picked up his nomination form, James Odunmbaku, an Ally of Tinubu, known as “Baba Eto” in the political circle, said: “Sanwololu is the incoming Governor of Lagos.”

Elsewhere, there have been reports of a rift between Tinubu and Ambode. When the APC Leader canvassed for direct primary for Lagos, rumours were rife that Ambode was one of the targets, but both men have carried on as if all is well.

Hamzat, a former Commissioner in the State, is also eyeing Ambode’s seat, having failed to secure the party’s ticket, in 2015.

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