LAGOS GOVERNORSHIP: Ambode Allegedly Dumps His APC ID Card
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos has allegedly dumped his All Progressives Congress membership card.
On Sunday, Ambode complained of not having the party’s membership card except the paper slip which means he would be unable to vote during Tuesday's primaries.
He alleged that there were plans to disenfranchise him and his supporters, protesting that all registered members of the party should be allowed to exercise their civic duty and choose who they want.
Reacting to Ambode’s claims, the Chairman of the party in the state, Tunde Balaogun said several calls had been made to the governor which were unanswered, including text messages.
In a video on Monday, Balogun said he had been trying to get the card across to Ambode to no avail.
"It is unfortunate that in the last 24 hours, I have been on the trail of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode as the party chairman with his ID card with me, but unfortunately, all my calls have had no response,” he said.
“I have his card here and few hours ago, sent him a text message telling him of this, after I made several calls in vain. I got his ADC to get the information to him and I still don’t know how to get it to him.
“If I sill get a way, I will do that. I want to apologise, I have made efforts to get this card to him in the last 24 hours. The cards were sorted according to ward, it got here about five days ago. And after getting this out, I had to call him and get this information across to him but I’ve had no response. Out of respect, the party chairman has to hand this over to him.
“I will ensure that he gets it, I will continue to make my calls with respect he gets this. I am positive that this will get to him before tomorrow. I’m still in my office, anytime I know his whereabouts, know specifically where he is, I will definitely get this to him.”
The primary which was scheduled for Monday was postponed to Tuesday by the party's National Working Committee (NWC).
The primary was moved in the hope that the crisis between Ambode and Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the party, would be resolved.
Ambode is being challenged by Jide Sanwo-Olu, the preferred choice of Tinubu.
Members of the NWC on Monday met with Ambode in Lagos.
The NWC are also scheduled to meet members of the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) later on Monday.
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