2019: Odds mount against Ambode’s second coming

Posted by News Express | 30 September 2018 | 1,427 times

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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 before 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 of 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 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. (NAN)


Source: News Express

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