Ambode's second term shaky as Tinubu-led council insists on direct primary

Ambode's second term shaky as Tinubu-led council insists on direct primary

- Lagos state body of APC decision-makers has insisted on direct primary election

- It said it is through the process the beauty of democracy can be projected

- It, however, denied manifold media speculations that Lagos politics is run by Tinubu

Following the alleged rift between Governor Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos state and his estranged political godfather, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the Governor Advisory Council (GAC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos state on Monday, September 24, backed the direct primary adopted by the party's national working committee.

The Punch Newspaper reports that then 22-man committee, headed by Asiwaju Tinubu, is the highest decision-making council in the state. It added that the council, after different consultations and consideration, submitted that there will not be sacred cows among the governorship aspirants.

It similarly added that there will be a open field for every contender to prove their competence and worth. gathers that the leading contenders for the Alausa Ikeja government seat are the incumbent governor, Ambode, a former commissioner for commerce and director, Lagos state Development and Property Corporation, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and a former commissioner for works and infrastructure, Femi Hamzat.

Fielding question from journalists, the spokesperson of the council, Yomi Finnih and another member of the group, Professor Tunde Samuel, expressed that the council has unanimously backed the direct primary option adopted by the party for its candidates, adding that every measure has been put in places to ensure a peaceful process bereft of violence or favour.

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He said: “It is not a Tinubu affair as it is being peddled around on social media and some quarters. The GAC members at the last meeting deliberated on how to conduct peacefully, the forthcoming party primaries. We decided to adopt direct primary elections to choose candidates of the party in the 2019 general elections.

“The GAC has no preferred candidates among the governorship aspirants. It is not about Tinubu, it is a collective decision. We resolved to provide a level-playing ground for the contenders without fair or favour.

“The adoption of the direct primary is to further ensure democracy in the election process in the party and do away with the usual cries of anointed candidates and Baba so pe (father said). This will also ensure credible exercise.

“Every aspirant should go to the field and test their popularity, the people will decide."

The primary election exercise is expected to hold in 245 wards across the 57 councils of the state on Saturday, September 29.

Recall that that Lagos state has been caught in the eye of media for over two weeks due to the controversy purportedly generated by the claim that a Tinubu-led Mandate Group has endorsed Sanwo-Olu for 2019 election after a fallout between Ambode and some political bigwigs in the state.

Ambode has since been seeking all means to save his political career. Recently, he visited President Buhari and other top members of APC.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that Babajide Sanwo-Olu, a frontline aspirant for the Lagos governorship ticket, on Monday, September 24, denied dumping his ambition ahead of the primary election of the party.

Toyin Ayinde, the director general of the Babajide Olushola Sanwo-Olu Campaign Organisation (BOSCO), said in a statement.

He said that his principal was still in the race, describing earlier reports claiming Sanwo-Olu had stepped down from the race as false and misleading.

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