Lagos 2019: Tinubu, APC Mount Pressure On Ambode To Step Down
The battle for the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State is far from over.
The party leadership on Wednesday mounted pressure on the incumbent Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, to drop his second term bid and endorse his opponent, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Sanwo-Olu came into reckoning in Lagos politics after he obtained the state governorship form last Tuesday and immediately got the backing of the Mandate Movement in the Lagos APC.
The Mandate Movement is led by the National Leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu.
The chairmen of the 57 councils had also declared support for Sanwo-Olu.
It was learnt that both the state and national leaders of the party met on Wednesday and mounted pressure on the Lagos governor to accept the decision.
It was gathered that Ambode, however, told them that he would prefer to go ahead with the direct primary option of the party.
A source said, “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.”
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