LAGOS 2019: Ambode Begs Tinubu
The re-election bid of Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, still hangs in the balance, since as at Saturday, the All Progressives Congress national leadership could not obtain a firm promise from its national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on the governor’s second term ambition.
The APC leaders, led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, in conjunction with the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, were said to be acting under the auspices of the President Muhammadu Buhari, met with Tinubu again to prevail on him over Ambode’s alleged infractions and give the governor support for a second term.
A source close to the national secretariat of the party, however, told reporters that the efforts of the APC leaders could not persuade Tinubu to soft pedal over embattled Ambode’s case.
The source revealed, “The President asked the vice-president and the national chairman to resolve the crisis amicably so that the governor could get a second term. Osinbajo met Tinubu twice in Abuja on Friday on Ambode’s matter, where he gave him the message of the President and the great need to keep Lagos for the APC.
He also told Tinubu that the President would not want the crisis to escalate as to adversely affect the party’s performance in the 2019 general elections.
“The National Leader, however, maintained that he would make further consultations back home before he could come up with an answer, adding that the governor’s matter is beyond him alone”.
We gathered that as the APC leaders were working to save the embattled governor’s second term bid, Ambode was seen in Tinubu’s house in Abuja, the governor made an appeal to the APC national leader to forgive him his alleged offences.
Another party source said, “Yes, it was part of the efforts we are making from this end to save the party from crisis in the state and the nation. The governor came to beg Tinubu in his residence in Abuja to forgive him.
“I think the appeal helped to reduce the tension and soften the ground for the governor. It is, however, difficult to say if that had resoved the crisis.
“Some governors have also called the national leader, pleading with him to save their ‘poster boy’ the humiliation of not getting a second term. Their fears are that such development in Lagos, which is the economic nerve centre of the country, could have negative effect on the fortunes of the party in other states.”
A source in the camp of the Lagos ex-governor, who spoke to the press on Saturday, confirmed the meeting between Tinubu and his political godson in Abuja.
“Yes, the meeting was held. He (Ambode) saw Tinubu in Abuja but I cannot give you any details,” he said.