Lagos Gov Ticket: Ambode’s Wife Fails To Change Tinubu’s Mind
Reports from Punch newspaper says a last -minute effort by the wife of the Lagos State Governor, Bolanle Ambode, to save her husband ’s job has hit a brick wall on Tuesday.
It was gathered that Bolanle, who followed Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to Osun State on Monday for the Tuesday's All Progressives Congress’ mega rally for the state governorship candidate, Gboyega Oyetola, waylaid the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and tried to pacify him to change his mind.
The paper claims that sources told it's correspondents that her efforts did not yield any result as Tinubu was said to have “received her cordially and joked with her.”
“At a point, she became emotional despite the fact that many party leaders were there. But Asiwaju (Tinubu) did not give her the answer she desired. He merely treated her with courtesy,” one of the sources was quoted as saying.
The governor and Tinubu have been in the news in the past few days over the second term bid of Ambode.
Tinubu had refused to back Ambode ’s second term ambition despite pleas by notable people in the state and the country.
Instead, the Tinubu-led Mandate Movement in the Lagos APC had backed Babajide Sanwo -Olu , who obtained his form last Tuesday.
The chairmen of the 57 councils had also declared support for Sanwo -Olu.
Sawo -Olu , a former commissioner in the state on Sunday formally declared his intention to vie for the Lagos State governorship ticket of the APC, promising to restore the glory of the state.
Notable APC leaders in the state, who were either allies of Tinubu or his followers, were at the declaration.
Meanwhile, sources said the Mandate group had started wooing another aspirant on the APC platform. Dr Obafemi Hamzat.
It was gathered that Tinubu ’s men wanted Hamzat, who is from the Lagos East like Ambode, to become the deputy governor with a promise that he would supervise a ministry and also nominate two commissioners into the cabinet.
Hamzat campaign team could not be reached on Tuesday for comment.
In a related development, the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria on Tuesday made public its intention to support Sanwo - Olu .
The Lagos APC will hold its primary next week to decide who will be its governorship candidate in 2019 election among the incumbent Ambode, Sanwo-Olu, and Hamzat.
At a press conference in their Mushin office on Tuesday, the PSP operators said they believed that Sanwo - Olu, if voted in to replace Ambode, would restore their jobs which the incumbent administration took and gave to a foreign company, Visionscape .
The Vice Chairman of the association, Mr David Oriyomi, who addressed journalists alongside other executive members of AWAM, said the decision to back Sanwo -Olu, was in the interest of about 25,000 workers engaged by the 350 PSP operators, who had lost their jobs .