APC Primaries: This May Be Why Gov. Ambode Conceded Defeat
When it was announced that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State was making another state address 24 hours after he lost the governorship primaries to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, uncertainty and anxiety beclouded the atmosphere.
People were anxious to know what his next line of action would be after the he attacked the personality of his opponent in his first World Press Conference two days to the primaries.
There had been expectation that the governor would fight the declaration of Sanwo-Olu as the winner of the state’s Tuesday governorship primary, which was initially cancelled by the APC National Working Committee panel that had promised to announce a new date for the primary.
The panel made a U-turn on Wednesday to declare Sanwo-Olu as winner, sparking speculations that the governor would reject the move.
A few hours after the panel’s new decision, the governor’s media team sent a press statement that the governor would host a “world press briefing” by 2.pm, causing more speculations.
In the briefing, which eventually turned out to be a broadcast by 4pm, Ambode accepted defeat and congratulated Sanwo-Olu.
It was gathered through sources in both Ambode and Bola Tinubu’s camps that the move was meant to douse tension.
It was learnt that before and after the broadcast, Ambode had contacted Tinubu and some party leaders in a bid to assure them of his loyalty to the party, and in order to avert the impeachment option.
“He (Ambode) did not want the matter to get to that level; that is why he accepted the defeat to reduce the tension in the state and stop any panicky action by the party elders. He also wanted them to leave him in peace to complete all his projects,” the source said.
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