Why traditional rulers opposed Ambode’s second term bid - Oba Durosimi

Why traditional rulers opposed Ambode’s second term bid - Oba Durosimi

- Oba Abedina Durosimi has said one of the reasons traditional rulers opposed Governor Ambode's second term bid was because he concentrated major developments in his Epe hometown

- According to the Lagos monarch, the governor undermined the Lagos master plan

- Oba Durosimi also noted that Ambode was not a team player like APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu

The Osolu of Irewe kingdom in Ojo local government area of Lagos state, Oba Abedina Durosimi, has revealed why traditional rulers in the state opposed Governor Akinwunmi Ambode's reelection bid.

In an interview with The Sun, the monarch said Ambode's failed second term was the handiwork of traditional rulers and not the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.

Legit.ng gathered that in a series of political intrigues leading to the emergence of the APC governorship candidate for Lagos state, Ambode eventually lost the governorship ticket to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who later emerged governor-elect of the state.

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The traditional ruler said Tinubu, unlike Ambode, is a team player who seeks the advice of traditional rulers and makes them feel part of the process, when any decision that affects the people is about to be made.

Oba Durosimi said one of the reasons traditional rulers opposed Ambode's second term bid was because he concentrated major developments in his Epe hometown. He accused Ambode of undermining the Lagos master plan and questioned how a governor can abandon other areas and concentrate development in one area.

“Tinubu influences people, he does not force or intimidate people to do his wish. He has regards for traditional institutions in Lagos state.

"For instance, before any law is passed in Lagos state, they must bring it to the council of Obas which I’m a member for our assessment before it is taken to the state House of Assembly and the executive for final approval.

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“Tinubu is a team player. He sees Obas as fathers and before he takes any decision that will affect the people, he will consult the traditional rulers. For instance, when leaders of his party and other well-meaning Lagosians were against Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s second term bid, Tinubu consulted widely including traditional rulers and we said we didn’t want Ambode to have a second term."

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that less than two months to the end of his administration, Governor Ambode opened up on the state’s debt profile, saying his administration never took any foreign loan all through his four years reign.

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