All seems not to be well with the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over conflicting endorsement of Lagos State Governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and other aspirants vying for the governorship position of the state under the platform of the party.
LEADERSHIP checks at the party’s secretariat yesterday showed that the party was deserted with the few party faithful discussing the twists and turns that has greeted the moves by the party to have a flag bearer for the 2019 general election in the state.
The upheavals in the party came to the fore after the Lagos State Governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode collected the party’s nomination form and it was also discovered that two political god sons of the APC national Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Mr. Jide Sanwolu and Dr. Obafemi Hamzat had obtained the forms to contest the position in the direct party primaries billed to come up in two weeks’ time in the state.
Unlike , the past the party members were surprised that the mandate group controlled by the national party leader and his political apostles that normally produce governors in the state went ahead to endorse Sanwolu for the position fuelling the speculation that the former Governor of Lagos State Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was no longer in support of Governor Ambode’s re-election.
Top party source at the APC secretariat told LEADERSHIP that, ‘’What has happened is very unfortunate. You journalists should have read the hand writing on the wall to know that something is fishing in Lagos APC when the governor declared his intention to re-contest in Taskforce yard, Alausa close to his office instead of APC secretariat as was the case in the past and the non of the party leaders were present.
‘’Did you see the Lagos APC Chairman, Tunde Balogun, former deputy state chairman Cardinal James Odunlaja Odunbaku alias Baba Eto was not there, ditto many other party leaders. These are the people that dictates what obtains in Lagos politics.’’
Another source said, ‘’The governor got clearance from the National Leader of APC Asiwaju Bola Tinubu before going to pick the party’s nomination form. He went with President Muhammadu Buhari to China. So when he came back he learnt about moves by some leaders that controls the party machinery in Lagos to unseat him.
‘’Though he had asked some party stalwart to collect his nomination form on his behalf, it was the conversation that he had with our leader Tinubu that encouraged him to pick the form. But the tide seemed to have changed overnight. We are still watching.’’