- The 30 political parties in Nigeria say their alliance is only in relation with the need to rescue Lagos from the godfathers
- Peoples Trust led by prominent lawyer, Olisa Agbakoba, unveils Grand Alliance for New Democratic Lagos to achieve this goal
- Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is battling Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Femi Hamzat for the ticket of the APC
At least, 30 political parties in Nigeria are currently rallying round the governor of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode, as he battles hard to win the ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Governor Ambode is currently having it tough with his party with most of the members tilting towards Babajide Sanwo-Olu, a former commissioner in the state.
This Day reports that the Peoples Trust led by prominent lawyer, Olisa Agbakoba, has indicated its intention to join forces with 30 other political parties to mobilise the residents for the takeover of Lagos state.
The report quoted the political parties as stating that they would take the opportunity of the alleged rift between Ambode and the leadership of the party to take power from those considered godfathers.
In a statement by its national publicity secretary, Segun Obe, the People’s Trust unveiled what it called a ‘Grand Alliance for New Democratic Lagos’, saying it would begin consultations with critical stakeholders today in its Lagos state secretariat, Ogba.
Noting that the alliance is strictly a Lagos affair, the political parties said: “Our grand mobilisation is purely against the imposition of anointed candidates in Lagos by godfathers and power brokers.
“This is the only strategic way to deter self-serving political godfathers and power brokers in the country from actions tending towards taking electorate and voters for a ride.”
“We are indeed very optimistic and quite upbeat that our movement is now in a better situation to galvanise political stakeholders and electorate in Lagos to take advantage of the heightening power tussle within the ruling APC in ensuring that the third force and the Lagos Voters produce the next governor of Lagos State in 2019.
“We strongly view the unfortunate power display of a clique of kingmakers of the ruling APC in Lagos as a mockery of internal party democracy.
“It also demeans the value and power of the teeming electorate and voting populace in Lagos to the effect that they can jettison the performance of Ambode, who is regarded as the whiz-kid of development in Lagos for the blind loyalty of their political crony and protégé.
“The Osun governorship elections could not have come at a better time than this as the outcome has turned out to be a signpost of what is to happen in Lagos and other progressive states in 2019.
“We are therefore of the firm opinion that the electorate should be wise enough this time around to reject any anointed candidate of APC power brokers.
“The undemocratic attempt of Lagos king makers to deny Ambode his second term in office should really send a strong signal to the Lagos electorate and voters that their power and mandate are already being undermined for them to rise in defence of their electoral power.”
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Apart from Sanwo-Olu supported by the Mandate Group led by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Ambode is being challenged by Femi Hamzat, a former works commissioner and supported by the Justice Forum.
It was learnt that the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) operational in Lagos state, met and decided that Ambode and the other contenders should go and battle for the party’s ticket.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the Yoruba Ronu Leadership Forum says it stands with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state over his second term ambition.
Legit.ng gathers that Malaolu expressed concern over what he called the gang up being organised by some political leaders over the second term ambition of Governor Ambode.
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