UNBELIEVABLE: APC Put Pressure On Ambode To Support Sanwoolu In The Governorship Race
Leadership of the All Progressives Congress and other key stakeholders of the governing APC in Lagos state have reached consensus to mount pressure on Lagos Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to step aside of the governorship race, endorse Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu as the party’s flagbearer ahead of the 2019 general poll, or risk being disgraced at the APC primary election.
Ambode is no longer in the good book of his APC godfather Bola Ahmed Tinubu and other chieftains of the party in Lagos.
Sanwoolu, has served as Commissioner in the Tinubu and Babatunde Raji Fashola administrations respectively, has now become the favorite candidate to clinch the Lagos APC governorship ticket at the primary elections slated for Saturday, September 29, 2018.
“We have told him (Ambode) to endorse Sanwoolu now that there is still time or be disgraced during the primary election. It’s his choice to make at the moment”.
“If he doesn’t step aside, he may come third at the end of the primary behind Obafemi Hamzat”, a chieftain of Lagos APC dropped the hint on condition of anonymity.
“All the 57 local council bosses in Lagos have since pledged their support Sanwoolu to unseat Ambode.
Ambode on his part had earlier purchased the N22.5 million governorship nomination form as he prepares for a second term in office as the governor of Lagos state
“Everybody has left him now. I mean everyone that matters has abandoned the Ambode ship as we speak. Even his commissioners have deserted him.
“If he’s smart enough, he will realize that the ship has sailed and throw in the towel while there’s still time”, our source added.
Two other chieftains of the APC told Pulse that Ambode became too arrogant for his own good and insulted stakeholders of the party at will.
“Imagine a governor who started calling Lagos money ‘my money’. None of us could reach him anymore. He refused to give us his phone numbers.
“The man became too arrogant. He even insulted Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Tinubu and other bosses of our party”, said one source.
“Within the APC in Lagos, Ambode is now regarded as a pariah, Wewere said.
We could not independently verify if the claims from some of these chieftains were correct.
Chief Press Secretary to Gov Ambode, Abib Haruna and Commissioner for Information in Lagos, Kehinde Bamgbetan, weren’t reached on the phone.