After all the brouhaha between All Progressive Congress (APC) leader, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and incumbent Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the latter from all indications has called the bluff of Tinubu to declare himself ready for Saturday’s direct primary election in the state.
Tinubu, who sees himself as the Don of all Dons in south-west politics had earlier now alleged to have withdrawn his support for Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s second term bid. Series of meetings, according to political insiders, we understand would not sway Tinubu, whom we also learnt has ‘anointed’ a replacement for Ambode and has also allegedly directed his political machinery to throw their weight behind the new candidate.
But in an apparent determination to fight like a man, Governor Ambode’s team has approved specialised training for 1,960 personnel that will serve as agents in all the 245 wards in the constitutionally-recognised 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs) where the primary election is expected to take place. “The Ambode campaign organization will going to go ahead with the elections no matter what Tinubu, (who is better known as Jagaban) thinks.” A source close to the team said. Already, the inauguration of the Ambode Campaign Organisation coordinators and offices in the three senatorial districts in the state, has taken place with functional outposts across the 20 local government areas of Lagos State.
Directorate of Media and Strategy of Ambode Campaign Organisation in a statement said, the agents were selected and trained to serve as the eyes and ears of Governor Ambode as the candidate of choice in the primary election. The statement added that while being vigilant and uncompromising, the agents have been tutored to conduct themselves in a peaceful and orderly manner as loyal members of the APC who want the best for the party and for democracy by ensuring that the best candidate emerges on a level playing ground that is devoid of manipulations by one individual
It would be recalled that the governor who wants to go down fighting like brave men do had on Wednesday reiterated his intention to participate in tomorrow’s primary election in line with the preference of the party and the influential Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC). The governor’s position has sent jubilation and encouragement to the teeming supporters of the governor who believe that the governor deserves a second term in office in order to consolidate on his numerous landmark socio-infrastructural achievements in the past three and half years.