JUST IN: VP Osinbajo, Tinubu Publicly Declare Support For Sanwo-olu, Ambode Kicks

Tinubu Publicly Declare Support

JUST IN: VP Osinbajo, Tinubu Publicly Declare Support For Sanwo-olu, Ambode Kicks

Lagos, Nigeria Political News 30th September, 2018: Ahead of All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship primary in Lagos State, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the Governor’s Advisory Council, GAC, yesterday, endorsed Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the party’s ticket for the 2019 elections.

In a reaction, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, also in the race for the party’s ticket, said 237 Councillors, 3,900 Community Associations were supporting him.

Meanwhile, the state chapter of the APC has postponed the governorship primary, scheduled for today, to tomorrow.

Announcing the outcome of the GAC meeting, held at Tinubu’s Ikoyi, Lagos residence, to party loyalists that had stormed the Lagos APC Secretariat, Senator Anthony Adefuye, a member of the group, said that the meeting, which commenced at 10am, ended after several hours of deliberations.

He said: “There was a GAC meeting held this morning, which was attended by Vice President Osinbajo; Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Speaker, House of Assembly, Mudasiru Obasa, among others.

“This meeting was chaired by our National Leader, 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 governorship primary, earlier scheduled for tomorrow, September 30, has been shifted to Monday, October 1.

“Also, the GAC was informed by Dr Obafemi Hamzat of his decision to graciously step down and he endorsed Jide Sanwo-Olu. “GAC has endorsed Babajide Sanwo-Olu as its preferred candidate ahead of the primary,”

Adefuye disclosed that Tinubu had earlier planned to address the party members at the state APC secretariat but could not leave his residence “because various organs of the party had decided to meet him on other issues in the state.”

A source quoted by Vanguard Newspaper said that the leadership of the party may have agreed to give the deputy governorship ticket to Hamzat, who stepped down for Sanwo-Olu, leaving the incumbent Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and Sanwo-Olu to slug it out for the party’s ticket.

It was also gathered that Ambode, who attended the meeting of the GAC at Tinubu’s residence, stormed out in the course of the deliberations apparently due to the unfavorable stance to his candidacy.

Meanwhile the Ambode Mandate Support Group (AMSG) yesterday faulted the reports purportedly quoting the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Lagos, asking Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to withdraw his second term bid, saying that such directive was inimical to the democracy, which the party preaches.

Reacting to the endorsement of Babajide Sanwo-Olu by the GAC and shift of the party primary earlier scheduled for today to tomorrow, the Director General of AMSG, Hon. Hakeem Sulaimon, said that the sudden turn of events does not augur well for democracy and unity of the party.

“I don’t think the GAC would have done such a thing as represented by Senator Anthony Adefuye, because a few days ago, the GAC came out to say that they have resolved that His Excellency the governor will not be granted the same privilege granted fellow governors in other states and that every aspirant should go for the primaries.

“They (GAC members) were the ones who equally said before now that why was the governor afraid of the primary and if they said why was the governor afraid of the primary and the governor has now told them that okay, I am ready for the primary, the next question we should ask is why are they afraid of going for the primary?

“The party said we are in a democracy and all the three aspirants should run, now they have shifted ground and they are asking the governor to step down for another aspirant, why are they saying so if they are preaching about democracy?

“Giving this development, we are alerting Lagosians that having seen the turnout of party faithful in the meeting that the party called today and the supporters of His Excellency, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode who had about 87 per cent of the crowd that was there, they have now all of a sudden postponed the primary that we are prepared for. We hope they are not trying to do anything that would create problem in this peace-loving state,” Sulaimon queried.

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