Ambode is taking the bull by the horn ,daring the godfather Tinubu, who wants him to raise Sanwo-Olu’s hands up publicly as his successor..”No l will not do it.No, l will not”..we learnt he said affirmatively.
State and national leaders of the party met on Wednesday and mounted pressure on the Lagos governor to accept the decision of the state party leaders. Ambode, however, told them that he would prefer to go ahead with the direct primary option of the party in the state.
Ambode was told to step down and forget his second term ambition. He was told to publicly endorse Sanwo-Olu as his successor. He was promised a ministerial appointment after the APC might have won the presidential election. He was even told to pick a ministry of his choice.
“But Ambode seemed not to be pleased with the directives of the leaders as he declined the ministerial dangle. He also told them to allow the APC primary process to continue as planned. For now, the meeting is still continuing and there is no compromise in sight.”
Our correspondent also learnt on Wednesday that Ambode had instructed his camp not to speak to any journalist and wait for the electoral process to pan out.
“We told him that he might likely lose if he decided not to fight back, but he just smiled,” another source said.
Now,Ambode’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS) Habib Aruna has debunked claims that the governor has withdrawn for the race.“The tremendous strides and infrastructural development embarked upon by H.E will be completed by him within the constitutional stipulated time.”
We are not oblivious of the desperation of some misguided individuals who are hell-bent on fanning the embers of discord within the Lagos APC.
Meanwhile, some residents of Lagos State took to the street on Wednesday to protest against Tinubu’s refusal to back Ambode
The protesters, who stormed the secretariat of the Ikeja Local Government Area in Ikeja, said the incumbent governor deserved automatic ticket.