Lagos 2019 Battle: Tinubu Decided, He Will Never Ask Me To Step Down — Sanwo-Olu
Lagos, Nigeria News 14th September, 2018: A governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, Mr Jide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday, said the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, would not ask him to step down from contesting the party primary.
Sanwo-Olu made the declaration during a media chat in Lagos.
The mandate caucus, headed by Tinubu in the APC, had endorsed Sanwoolu, while the chairmen of the 57 councils in the state also gave their backing to the former Lagos commissioner.
But Sanwo-Olu said he did not think Tinubu would ask him to step down for Ambode or any other aspirant, as the party leader is a firm believer in internal democracy.
“Your question is if my national leader (Tinubu) asks me to back down at the end of the day, what will I do?
“You see, I really don’t know which side of the divide you want us to stay.
“Sometimes, people will say this man (Tinubu) is imposing and he is not allowing aspirants to contest for positions.
“They say there is no internal democracy. But this man is a democrat who will allow democracy to rule and thrive.
“My aspiration has nothing to do with an individual; my national leader is my national leader and he is the leader of everybody.
“Therefore, his passion is about Nigeria and not Lagos alone. The movement we have started is participatory democracy, and so there is no basis for him (Tinubu) urging me to drop my ambition.
“Asiwaju is a democrat, and I trust he will allow the process to go on without any rancour.
“On September 25, by the grace of God, the entire APC members will vote for me as the candidate to represent them in the 2019 elections,” he said.
The aspirant said he was motivated to seek the number one seat in the state out of the need to deliver innovative and an inclusive government.
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