- Governor Ambode justifies his decision to seek reelection in 2019 on the grounds that he needs to complete various infrastructure projects his administration initiated in the last three years
- Chief Bola Tinubu reportedly endorses Jide Sanwo-Olu for candidacy of Lagos APC
Some member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) loyal to Bola Ahmed Tinubu have reportedly asked Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state to drop his reelection bid or face impeachment.
This Day, citing a party source who demanded not to be named, reports that the Lagos state governor is being harassed and intimidated by Tinubu’s political followers to drop his second term ambition.
“They are threatening to impeach him should he refused to bow to their demand to withdraw. The incumbent governor, who is traditionally entitled to another term is being harassed and intimidated by Tinubu’s political machine to withdraw for their new man, even though the governor had agreed to subject himself to primary. They are boasting that they will direct the State House of Assembly to immediatly begin impeachment proceedings against him,” the anonymous source said.
Party chieftains who spoke with This Day said Governor Ambode at the APC Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) meeting held on held Friday night, September 28, was asked by Tinubu to step down for Sanwo-Olu or face impeachment, however the governor was said to have looked him squarely in the face and refused.
At the GAC meeting held at Tinubu’s residence, Bourdillion, Ikoyi, Ambode reportedly justified his decision to seek reelection in 2019 on the grounds that he needed to complete various infrastructure projects and urban renewal programmes that his administration initiated in the last three years.
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But when Tinubu’s special adviser on media, Tunde Rahman, was contacted about the threat to impeach the governor by Tinubu’s camp, he said he had no comment to make on the issue.
Meanwhile, the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has reportedly endorsed Jide Sanwo-Olu as governorship candidate of the party in Lagos ahead of the primary election.
In a statement released on Sunday, September 30, the former governor of Lagos state noted that the state follows a blueprint that has guided the success of his own and Babatunde fashola’s administration.
Tinubu hinted that Ambode has failed to follow this plan and thus called on members of the party to vote for Sanwo-Olu
He described him as someone who understands the plan of the state and said he will personally participate in the state primaries.
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