- Supporters of Governor Akinwumi Ambode staged rallies in Lagos state to show they are solidly in support of his re-election
- The governor is reportedly having a rift with his political godfather, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu
- The supporters staged rallies at Ojota, Ogba, Berger and Iyana Ipaja respectively
Members of a group, Human and Consumer Rights Advocacy Centre, staged rallies on Monday, September 17, in various parts of Lagos to support Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s re-election.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the group staged rallies at Ojota, Ogba, Berger and Iyana Ipaja, chanting solidarity songs in support of Ambode.
The rallies are coming against the backdrop of speculations that Ambode had fallen out of favour with his political godfather and the All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
The former Lagos state governor is said to be currently rooting for a former commissioner, Jide Sanwo-Olu, who has declared his intention to contest the governorship on the platform of the APC, where Ambode also belongs.
Analysts view the development as a trying political season for Ambode, who has since announced his desire to seek re-election.
Tinubu has dominated the politics of Lagos state, Nigeria’s economic capital for many years.
Members of HACRAC chanted solidarity songs as they moved from one place to another in the city, clutching placards with various inscriptions.
The placards read: “Let the good man continue”; “Asiwaju, Ambode is your son”; “In solidarity with Ambode” and “Ambode is a resilient responsible governor.”
Others read: “Governor Ambode is our man”; “Asiwaju, please, leave Mr Actualiser”; “Let the good job continue” and “Let Ambode continue his good but unfinished job.”
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On September 14, a group, Ambodemania Movement/Support Worldwide, staged a similar rally in Lagos to celebrate what they called “good governance in Lagos”.
One of the leaders of the rally, Alex Omotehinse, told reporters that the rallies were holding simultaneously at Ogba, Iyana-Ipaja, Berger and other areas to drum support for Ambode.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Ambode, on Monday, September 17, reportedly asked at an event if he was qualified to speak after the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, had addressed the audience.
“Actually, I didn’t prepare to come and say anything here… And who am I to speak after the Jagaban has spoken?” Governor Ambode reportedly asked at the launch of a book authored by Jim Ovia, the founder of Zenith Bank Plc.
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