Lagos Primaries: Ambode Highlights What The Issue Is
You may have heard that there was a disagreement between the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode and the man people refer to as his Godfather, Senator Bola Tinubu, but the Governor wants you to believe something else.
On Sunday, September 30, the embattled Governor held a press conference to clear the air about certain issues that have left people wondering if he would be the first governor since current democratic dispensation that would serve just a term and be dumped by his party.
At the briefing held in Alausa area of Lagos State, renowned journalist, Mr Dele Momodu, asked the Governor three questions, with one bordering on the rift between him and Tinubu whom he referred to as his Godfather.
"It is obvious that all is not well between you and your Godfather. Do you think you have exhausted every means of appealing to him.
"I came into Nigeria this morning and I saw headlines that were saying that even the Presidency has endorsed your opponent. Is this true?" Mr Momodu asked.
Governor Ambode again denied having any rift with his Godfather informing the gathering that it was a different issue altogether.
He began: "There is no war here. It is just about us trying to preach the tenets of democracy.
"If we say we are democrats, let us practice democracy and its values to the end.
"That is what we must bequest to generations coming behind us".
On whether he had been dumped by the presidency and what his next line of action would be if he failed to grab the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Ambode highlighted that it was about development.
"The kind of questions that you have asked, I am not willing to answer them.
"There is no rift.
"The truth is; the whole story is more about the progress and development of Nigeria.
"It is more about the progress and development of Lagos.
"I have done everything to make sure that these values are the values that I preach and practice and God will help us," he concluded.
On Monday, October 1, the APC will hold its primary election to pick who will fly its flag in 2019's governorship election, but Governor Ambode, each passing day, becomes less likely of winning that primary.
On Saturday, the primary was scheduled to hold, but leaders of the party met on same day with the National Leader, the same Tinubu, and in that meeting, the Governor's Advisory Council, Tinubu and other leaders of the party endorsed Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the party's anointed one, further dumping the incumbent governor who now wants democratic tenets sustained.
He is not willing to throw in the towel at a time that all seems to be against him, but he wants to fight to the end and lose gallantly.
Residents of Lagos will have to wait till Monday evening to know who will eventually emerge as the candidate of the ruling APC in the State.
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