Analysis: Governor Ambode’s second term is mission impossible

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. He is a goner as far second term is concerned under APC

Three major developments within the ruling Lagos All Progressives Congress today may have foreclosed the second term bid of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

First, 36 of the 40 lawmakers of the State House of Assembly endorsed the candidacy of Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the sole rival of Ambode in the primary scheduled for Monday.

Two, Obafemi Hamzat, who was in the race withdrew to support Sanwo-Olu.

Three, the Governor’s Advisory Council(GAC) endorsed Sanwo-Olu to pick the party’s governorship ticket for the 2019 election in the state. The Advisory’s Council’s position was most significant, as its meeting was attended by most of the big men within the Lagos APC.

Sen. Anthony Adefuye, a member the council, announced the endorsement to party members on Saturday, at a stakeholders’ meeting at the ACME Road state party secretariat.

He said the GAC, the highest decision-making body of the chapter, arrived at the endorsement after a meeting which lasted for several hours.

Adefuye said the meeting was chaired by the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and was attended by other prominent members of the party.

Adefuye listed Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila and Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr Mudashiru Obasa as some of those also at the meeting.

He said that the decision to back Sanwo-Olu, a former Commissioner for Training and Establishment, against the incumbent, Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode, was in the interest of the state and the party.

Vice President Osinbajo meets Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the favoured candidate, in Lagos on Saturday

“There was a GAC meeting held this morning which was attended by the Vice President, YemiOsinbajo, Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker, House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, and others.

“This meeting was chaired by our national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. This is a meeting that we started at 10am. and we couldn’t finish early.

“After the meeting, I have been mandated by the GAC to announce this to you.

“The gubernatorial primary earlier scheduled for tomorrow, September 30th, has been shifted to Monday, October 1.

“Also, the GAC was informed by Dr Obafemi Hamzat of his decision to graciously step down and endorse Jide Sanwo-Olu.

“GAC has endorsed Babajide Sanwo-Olu as its preferred candidate ahead of the primary,” he added.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the announcement threw the crowd of Sanwo-Olu supporters at the meeting into wild jubilation.

Chants of Sanwo-Olu! Sanwo-Olu ! rent the ambience as supporters of Ambode left the party secretariat in disappointment.

The decision of the legislators was announced by the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Strategy and Security, Funmilayo Tejuoso.

She said 36 members of the house took the decision at a meeting of the lawmakers which t at Lateef Jakande auditorium of the House on Saturday.

The meeting was presided over by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa.

Out of the 40 members of the House, 36 were present at the meeting and all of them endorsed the decision and duly signed the statement announcing the decision.

Weeks ago, 57 council chairmen and the Mandate Group had also announced their support for Sanwo-Olu.

A political observer said Ambode’s defeat in the primary is already predetermined, with the coalition of forces against him within the party.

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  • @DR PAT.
    This fallacy of generalization is the major problem we have in our country today. Are there no bad eggs in the APC viz-a-viz PDP? Can one say without sentiment that APC is not corrupt just like the PDP. Or has APC become the BLOOD OF JESUS that washes away sins. My position is that AMBODE should choose any party that has the structure he can leverage on to win the election, because Lagosians are with him. If TINUBU is from the south east or the PDP, the whole NIGERIA would have stoned him. IF WE MUST GET IT RIGHT IN 2019, LET US BE MORE INTERESTED IN INDIVIDUALS AND NOT PARTY.

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    • Have you stoned Rochas that insisted on installing his son-in-law? Crying than the bereaved!

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  • If, Ashiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, should insist on imposition of his new candidate Babajide Sanwo-Olu, instead of supporting and allowing the re-election of the best performing governor Akinwumi Ambode, in 2019 which is,against the choice and interest of the people of Lagos State, in 2019, as Lagos State governor, then Lagos State-voters, should divert their support and choice of 2019, Lagos State, governor, from APC to another political party,s candidate except advance corrupt-ridden PDP candidate, in order to prevent outright looting,stealing and embezzlement, of Lagos State-tax-payers for the next four years.
    Ashiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, is suffering from acute imposition virus and very undemocratic leader indeed!

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    • I am with you. Lagosians should divert their votes for a credible candidate from another party (not PDP oooo) if Ambode is dropped. Sin or no sin, Tinubu can't say he has not wronged the people who have authority over him too. Leave Ambode to complete his second term.

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    • The mega mistake people are making is the assumption that Ambode’s issue is masterminded by Tinubu! APC chieftains across the state complained bitterly about Ambode‘s lack of payback, due recognition and access for supporting him in 2015.
      What about the 45,000+ PSP workers whose plate of food were suddenly terminated by Ambode in favour of an inexperienced young Makanjuola who took over the operations of Lagos Waste Management?! Many who owned these businesses were APC grassroot politicians and custodians of the political structure in their areas, ensured Ambode’s emergence! Even if Tinubu supports Ambode, many Lagos grassroot juggernauts are bitter for various reasons and therefore intolerant of Ambode’s second coming because of how he treated them and their interests during his first term. ALL politics is local! A disregard for this has severe consequence, eventually.

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      • You hit it on the nail. Ambode forgot those who assisted with his ascendancy in 2015. He refused to pick up their phone calls let alone give them audience. Civil servants, elected legislators,grassroot politicians became persona non grata. Not only the PSP operators and the tens of thousands who depended on it for their livelihood but remember all those evicted from Otodo Gbame without resettlement. Ambode even evicted a reverend humiliating him by having his belongings thrown onto the side of the road. Can anyone who lives in Lagos forget about the increased land use charge or increased bus fares? What about the increased tollgate fees? Let Ambode feel the pressure like he did to those dozens of permanent secretaries he fired or the thousands of civil servants he sent packing. Let him go to the primary and be defeated soundly. It is not Tinubu against him but majority of APC party supporters who one way or another felt the evil of Ambode.

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