Group drums support for Ambode ahead of Lagos APC governorship primary

Group drums support for Ambode ahead of Lagos APC governorship primary

- Akeem Sulaimon, the chairman of the Ambode mandate support group, accuses Lagos APC of violating the party’s constitution

Sulaimon, faults reported moves by the Lagos APC to hinder the second term bid of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor Ambode says he is prepared to participate in the Lagos state APC primaries scheduled for Monday, October 1

The Ambode Mandate Support Group (AMSG) has sent a petition to the national chairman of the All progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, over the endorsement of his opponent in the forthcoming governorship primary by the party leadership in the state.

The chairman of the group, Akeem Sulaimon, made this known at a rally on Sunday, September 30, in Lagos to mobilise support for the second term bid of Ambode, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Sulaimon said the action of the state chairman, Alhaji Tunde Balogun, and members of the governorship advisory council (GAC) endorsing an aspirant as candidate of the party was a violation of the party’s constitution.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the GAC, which is the highest decision making organ in Lagos APC, has endorsed Jide Sanwo-Olu, Ambode’s challenger in the forthcoming primary.

Senator Anthony Adefuye, a member the council, announced the endorsement to party members on Saturday, at a stakeholders’ meeting at the ACME Road state party secretariat.

A third aspirant who was in the race, Olufemi Hamzat, stepped down on Saturday, September 29, and backed Sanwo-Olu, who is managing director, Lagos state development and property corporation.

Sulaimon, who is also the special adviser to Ambode on communities and communications, said that the support group could not fathom why the second term bid of the governor was being hindered.

He said current events had shown that the leadership of the state executive had been compromised and therefore could not produce an unbiased primary election.

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Sulaimon appealed to members to go out enmasse on Monday, October 1 in their various local government areas to vote for Governor Ambode unintimidated at the primary.

NAN reports that members of the group, at the rally, pledged support for the governor, expressing confidence that his performance had endeared him to many Lagosians.

The members and supporters, clad in shirts and other materials implying their support for Ambode, took a walk from Maryland to Freedom Park, Ojota.

They sang in support of the governor, chanting reasons why he deserved the right to be allowed to run for a second term in office.

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Meanwhile, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state has insisted that he is prepared to participate in the Lagos All Progressives Congress (APC) which is expected to come up on Monday, October 1.

In a world press conference on Sunday, September 30, the governor claimed party leaders are being misled to think his opponent, Jide Sanwo-Olu, is a better candidate than he is.

He called for calm ahead of the primary election saying the full wrath of law will descend on those planning to disrupt the process.

The governor said it was necessary for the party to practise the tent of democracy that it preaches.

He raised concern over plot to disenfranchise some members of the party in the primary election particularly his supporters.

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