2019: Ambode’s Fate Still Hangs In The Balance After Party’s Meting
The fate of the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, is still hanging in the balance even after the meeting of the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), the highest decision making body of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the south-west Nigeria state.
Members of the Council met on Saturday night where it resolved the chapter must hold its primary to determine its governorship candidate.
Prior to the meeting, there were hopes that it would end in favour of the Governor, with challengers asked to step down from him in the governorship ticket race.
But that never happened.
A former Commissioner for Training and Establishment in the state ,Mr Jide Sanwo-Olu, allegedly backed by Senator Bola Tinubu is Ambode’s main challenger while a former Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, is also in the race.
A chieftain who attended the 22-member GAC meeting held at Tinubu’s residence and pleaded anonymity told the News Agency of Nigeria that the party insisted that Ambode must go through the primary with others.
“We met and deliberated extensively on the governor”s second term bid and our forthcoming primary .
“And after the deliberations ,we resolved that the party should hold the primary to pick it’s candidate because that is just the right thing to do.
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“We are a democratic party that believes so much in internal democracy ,so think we should allow everyone to sell themselves to members who will eventually determine their choices," he said.
The Chairman of the party in the state, Mr Tunde Balogun, also said that although he was present at the meeting, he was not authorised to speak on the outcome.
“Yes,the GAC met today and made some decisions, but I will not speak on the outcome because I have not been asked to do so.
“Chief Abayomi Finnih would address the press on Monday on the outcome. He has been appointed and he will give you all the details”, he said.
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