- Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s support group has started making moves to lobby the Governor’s Advisory Council and 57 council chairmen in the state
- This came up ahead of the state governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress
- The council said adoption of the direct primary is to further democratise the election process in the party and do away with the usual belief of anointed candidates
Lagos state governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s support group is said to have been making a move to lobby for the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) and 57 council chairmen ahead of the state governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress.
The move by Ambode’s loyalists has cancelled the speculation making the rounds that Ambode was planning to withdraw from the race due to unfavourable indices against him, Vanguard reports.
It was gathered that some members of the GAC are still making last minute efforts to reach out to other members in order to prevail on them to have a rethink before the governorship primary.
According to the council, “The adoption of the direct primary is to further democratise the election process in the party and do away with the usual belief of anointed candidate(s).
“Every aspirant should go to the field and test their popularity, the people will decide.” Similarly, it was learned that some of the 57 local government chairmen were been approached to support Ambode’s second term ambition.
One of the council chairmen, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said: “Ambode’s group had approached me with cash inducement to prevail on other chairmen to sway support for the governor who has promised to change if given another chance, but I told him that it may not be possible because party leaders have made up their minds on Sanwoolu.”
The council chairman further disclosed that “majority of the chairmen, at a hotel in Ikeja, yesterday evening, formally endorsed Sanwoolu for the governorship ticket by raising his hands up.” Screening of aspirants suspended Meanwhile, House of Assembly aspirants, who converged at the party secretariat, were turned back atthe proposed screening centre.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, allegedly asked Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to drop his second term bid and endorse Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The Mandate Movement in the Lagos APC which is controlled by the APC chieftain is backing Sanwo-Olu. It was reported that despite pleas from notable politicians, Tinubu had refused to back Ambode.
The wife of the governor, Bolanle, reportedly met with Tinubu in Osun to try and pacify him but the meeting failed to yield any result.
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