APC primaries: Tension in Lagos over Ambode’s fate
By Abdullateef Aliyu
There is palpable tension in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos state over Sunday’s governorship primary of the party as the chance of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in securing a second term ticket still hangs in the balance.
A stakeholders’ meeting of the party called by the National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is underway as stakeholders are currently gathered at the APC secretariat along ACME road where Tinubu’s arrival is still being awaited.
Most roads leading to the secretariat were blocked with many vehicles diverted to alternative roads within Ikeja axis.
The all-important meeting is expected to seal the fate of Ambode who is being rivaled by one of his aides, Babajide Sanwo-Olu who has continued to receive a groundswell of support and endorsement.
36 out of the 39 APC lawmakers in the House of Assembly endorsed the candidacy of Sanwo-Olu this Saturday even as there are speculations that the governor might face impeachment for his insistence to re-contest despite losing the goodwill of party stakeholders.
57 local council chairmen had earlier queued behind Sanwo-Olu. And to further brighten his chance, another APC governorship aspirant, Babafemi Hamza earlier on Saturday stepped down for him.
The Director General of Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu Campaign Organization (BOSCO), Mr. Tayo Ayinde in a statement welcomed the decision of Hamza to step down for Sanwo-Olu.
“As a group, we wish to profoundly acknowledge and commend Dr. Femi Hamzat for his show of sportsmanship to our common cause.”
“We once again use this opportunity to urge our teaming party members to come out in their numbers to vote Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the flagbearer of our party for the 2019 Gubernatorial Election”, he said in a statement.
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