- The All Progressives Congress has been challenged by an activist lawyer to come clean on the image and personality of one of its governorship aspirants, Babajide Sanwo-Olu
- Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa’s challenge is coming a day after Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, alleged that Sanwo-Olu has a criminal record
- Ambode also alleged that Sanwo-Olu was once arrested and detained for months in America for spending fake dollar bills at a nightclub
Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, an activist lawyer, has challenged the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to come clean on the image and personality of one of its Lagos governorship aspirants, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, The Punch reports.
This is followed an allegation by the Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, that Sanwo-Olu, who seeks to unseat him, was unfit to govern because he had a criminal record.
Ambode during a world press conference at the Government House in Alausa on Sunday, September 30, alleged that Sanwo-Olu was once arrested and detained for months in the United States of America for spending fake dollar bills at a nightclub.
The governor added that Sanwo-Olu had also had to undergo rehabilitation at the Gbagada General Hospital and was therefore unfit for governance.
Adegboruwa in a statement on Monday, October 1, said Ambode’s allegations against Sanwo-Olu were too weighty to be ignored by the leadership of the APC.
Sanwo-Olu is favoured by the APC leadership to win the party’s direct primary on Tuesday, October 2, and emerge the Lagos APC governorship candidate for 2019 general elections.
Adegboruwa argued that Nigerians deserved to know the true status of whoever would govern Lagos State, which is the country’s largest economy.
He said: “Nigerians and Lagosians, in particular, deserve to know the true status of anyone aspiring to public office; not just in relation to health, but also his preferences, his financial status and all other areas of common concern. It is not proper to just wish this away.
“The APC, as a party, owes a sacred duty of disclosure. A sitting governor will not just wake up one day and be throwing allegations of mental instability against his opponent, that he knows very well, just for the sake of winning an election.
“The import of any serious health challenge for any person aspiring to the position of Governor of the largest economy in Nigeria is that of capacity, especially in the light of allegations of godfatherism, as the bane of politics in Lagos State. It then raises the issue of a lame duck governor installed only as a figurehead, but in truth not capable of governance.”
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Legit.ng previously reported that the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, had allegedly asked Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to drop his second term bid and endorse Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The Punch reports that 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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