4 Options Ambode May Consider If He Loses Governorship Primaries
The primary election of the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is one thing that has become the most talked about primary in Nigeria.
Held on Tuesday, October 2nd, the National Working Committee then proceeded to distance itself from the election by the end of the day, calling it illegal.
It was a process that required that supporters of a particular candidate to stand behind the agent of their candidate to indicate their support for the individual.
Early results placed Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the main contender of incumbent governor, Akinwumi Ambode in the lead.
Indeed, the last few weeks have been quite eventful in the Lagos political scene following the emergence of Sanwo-Olu as the apparent party favourite.
Through it all, Governor Ambode has fought gallantly and despite the odds that seem stacked in his favour, he still has four options should things go against his planned return.
1. Port To Another Party
The first option that may be open to the Governor if he loses the primaries will be to port from the APC to another party of choice where he stands the chance of picking the governorship ticket and still be part of the governorship election.
This option will surely rank highest in the options' scale of preference running through his mind.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had wooed Governor Ambode, but as it stands he will have to contend with his rival in the 2015 Governorship election, Mr Jimi Agbaje, who has bought the governorship nomination form of the party when the chances of Ambode returning for a second term became slim.
However, there is also trouble waiting for Governor Ambode if he defects. The lawmakers in the State House of Assembly had queued behind Mr Babajide Sanwoolu, the man that has made Ambode's dream of coming back a nightmare that has refused to go away.
His defection to defect will unfailingly lead to an impeachment, forcing him out of office.
2. Accept Rumoured Offer To Be A Minister By 2019
There was a rumour that the Governor was offered a ministerial position just for him to let go of his second term ambition, but the Governor had turned it down and bravely insisted that he would go through the primary election.
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If he loses the election, he may have to reconsider the offer, if he wants his name to appear in the news at least to remain relevant.
A decision to accept the offer, however, could be seen as a subtle disappointment for individuals who had fought with him in the battle for Lagos.
To remain loyal to his supporters, this may not be a top choice in the Governor's options.
3. Chill Till 2023
Governor Ambode also has the option of waiting till 2023 to come back for his second term. If he weighs his options and sees that he could lose to the anointed one - Sanwoolu - should he defect, he could decide to wait till the next election cycle.
Waiting, however, could have its own toll on the Governor who may lose relevance before 2023 since he will no longer be in the corridors of power.
If Sanwoolu ups performance to the surprise of people who believe he will be a puppet of the National Leader of the APC, Senator Bola Tinubu, however, then the incumbent Governor will just become history and relegated.
4. Continue With The Business He Was Managing Before Becoming A Governor
Before he became a governor, the accountant was managing a business, Brandsmiths Consulting Limited, and this may be another time for the Governor to just kiss politics goodbye and return to the business and the private sector, leveraging on his clout as a former governor to effect real positive change.
Right here is a big challenge with this option.
Several Nigerian politicians that have gotten to the position of the Governor do not just want to go back home and return to the private sector like we see in the West.
They jump on other political positions, most of them jumping into the lawmaking arm of government.
In coming years, Nigeria's Senate and House of Representatives, will be over 90% occupied by persons who were once governors in their states.
Political analysts have suggested that it could only be reversed if the largess that come with occupying a political position is drastically diminished.
Will Ambode let go or continue to fight? Only time will tell.
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