The almost broken relationship between the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode ,his sponsor and political godfather, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has spurred former Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji to refresh his suspended interest to occupy the state’s governorship seat, even as Thepage can reveal that Governor Ambode and the former speaker are neighborhood sworn enemies.
According to sources, the former Speaker lost the respect of Governor Ambode following uncovered underground moves by the former speaker to stop Asiwaju from presenting Ambode as the All Progressive Congress’ candidate for the Lagos gubernatorial election in 2015.
Thepage reliably gathered that Ikuforiji who is from the same Epe area of Lagos state as the Governor was discovered to be the signatory to a petition to the party leadership that the then Lagos governorship aspirant was not a bonafide indigine of Epe, hence should not fly the party’s gubernatorial flag at the time.
Despite the serious pressure mounted on Asiwaju to drop his anointed candidate however, Ambode contested and won the gubernatorial election against the wish of Ikoforiji who was already warming up to become the beneficiary of the ticket if his prayers to Asiwaju against Ambode had been answered.
Ambode on his part did not pretend not to be aware of the role Ikuforiji played in wreaking his ambition, hence, at the assumption of office as the Governor of the state, he used every chanced meeting to express his displeasure against the speaker through his body language.
According to Thepage investigation, the body language of the Governor towards his reluctance to encourage the former speaker around him had become so obvious to the Governor’s aides and security officials so much that, they always shield the Governor from the former speaker each time he tried to get audience with him at public functions, as all channels towards a private audience had hitherto been blocked.
A particular incident was recorded in Epe at the early life of the incumbent administration when Epe leaders lined up for a handshake with Governor Ambode during one of his visits to the community.
Ikuforiji who saw this as an opportunity to reach out to the Governor was disappointed as the Governor deliberately avoided a handshake with him and went ahead to have same with the person before and after him.
The observant security men of the Governor who noticed the action were to later prevent the former speaker from reaching their boss, when he made desperate efforts to reach him while he was about leaving the meeting ground.
Apparently eager to get back at the Governor, Ikuforiji, sources told Thepage ,had capitalized on the unhealthy relationship between the Governor and Asiwaju by proposing ideas unfavorable to the second term aspiration of the Governor to the state’s political godfather and determinant of who picks the APC’s gubernatorial ticket in the state.
Multiple sources confirmed to Thepage that the former speaker was one of the party men who severally met with Asiwaju to convince him on the need to adopt the indirect primaries option to determine who contest elections on the party ticket in the coming general elections, a pressure Asiwaju eventually bowed to using the APC policy at the national level as an alibi.
While announcing the decision to adopt the direct primaries options in the state, Asiwaju had explained that hedoesn’t want to be seen as supporting any candidate for whatever elective position, adding that, in line with the directive of the party at the national level, the direct primaries option would be adopted to afford party membersopportunity to determine who picked their party’s tickets.
The decision as announced by Asiwaju, Thepage gathered, is causing uneasy calm in the party as it is believed to be Asiwaju’s own clever way of dumping the governor, though efforts are still being made to appeal to Asiwaju to relax his stance and work against the direct primaries option if not directly but indirectly to pave the way for Ambode’s re emergence as the APC gubernatorial candidate in the coming election.
According to an APC top shot who spoke with Thepage under the condition of anonymity, “ it is inconsistent with Asiwaju’s known style not to canvass support directly for his candidates, especially the Governor of the only state that is still giving him political relevance in the Southwest.
“ It’s obvious there are some forces at play here because Asiwaju can not afford not to identify publicly with his choice candidate for the Lagos governorship election and if he insists he wont influence the choice of Ambode as the party’s candidate like he did in 2015, then it means he has an option which he is yet to mention to the party leaders”.
-By Femi Adepoju
2023: Tinubu’s Loses Support As Senate President Wants Youthful Leadership After Buhari
Senate President Ahmad Lawan may have joined the forces within and outside of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the ambition of the party’s leader, Bola Tinubu to succeed President Mohammadu Buhari, as he canvases for a post Buhari youthful leadership in the party.
According to the Senate President, the APC must begin to plan ahead to sustain the goodwill and legacies of the present administration by ensuring its leaders hand over power to competent youths.
ThePageNews recalls that while President Buhari is believed to have been inactive as a result of ill health occasioned by old age, the only known person in the APC, to be nursing the aspiration to succeed Buhari for now, is Tinubu who will be over 70 years by next presidential election.
In a statement by his Special Assistant (Press), Ezrel Tabiowo, on Monday night in a speech delivered to close the First Progressives Youth Conference 2021 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, Lawan said the party ”must begin to plan ahead to sustain the goodwill and legacies of the present administration by ensuring its leaders hand over power to competent youths in the All Progressives Congress.”
Lawan who posited that the APC may face challenges after the exit of President Muhammadu Buhari from office in 2023, noted that by handling the affairs of the party to the youths, the party would be able to retain its appeal and nationalistic outlook beyond the 2023 general elections.
He said: “Whether we like it or not, the truth is, President Muhammadu Buhari remains the person with the bulk of the support we get across this country in APC.
“[And] when he leaves, he would still have some roles but I dare say that it is after he leaves office that APC will face its challenge.
“Yes, we have to know our value then, and the value of APC presently is APC minus President Muhammadu Buhari. Whatever it is, that is the value of APC.
“So, we need to do a lot to build this party, and we need our youths more than ever before for them to continue with this legacy that this administration has established all over the country.
“That means we have to see ourselves as brothers and sisters regardless of where we come from.”
The Senate President added: “Our tribe or even ethnic group, our religious persuasion should not matter when it comes to uniting this country.
“[And] as APC, the onus is on us to provide security and an economy that will bring growth and development to give people the kind of life that is meaningful.
“We can ask others to join us but we are the ones to do it, so we need all hands on deck.” the statement read in part.
Ondo PDP Raises Alarm Over Jegede/Aketi Appeal Court Judgement Papers
The Ondo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has raised the alarm, over what it described as antics to deny it certified copies of Wednesday’s judgement, to enable it approach the Supreme court in approved time.
TheAdo-Ekiti sitting in Akure, delivered judgement on the Appeal filed by PDP and Eyitayo Jegede, SAN against Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN on Wednesday, 16th June, 2021. The five-man panel of Honourable Justices read their judgements one after the other.
In a statement issued in the Ondo State capital on Thursday and signed by its Publicity Secretary, Kennedy Ikantu Peretei
State Publicity Secretary,
the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ondo State Chapter said it is surprised that, its application to the Office of the Registrars, Court of Appeal to get Certified True Copies of the Judgement has been met with some kind of bulk passing between officials of the Court in Ado-Ekiti and Akure.
In view of the fact that, the Supreme Court has only sixty days from the date of the judgment of the Court of Appeal, to dispose of this matter, the party warned that any attempt to play games or to apply delay tactics will amount to nothing but sabotage and a calculated attempt to subvert the course of justice.
”Our party hopes that the Registrars of the court will discharge his duties timeously as required by law” the statement concluded.
Aliyu Babangida Is A Sinking Ship And Should Not Drag Governor Wike Into His Predicaments.
We the People’s Democratic Party North Central Support Group Alliance Forum wishes to condemn the recent comment made by the battered former governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu over our highly revered governor of River State, Governor Nyesom Wike.
Ordinarily, we wouldn’t have dignified him with a response, following the response of the party in the state, dissociating itself from such careless and reckless statement. But to make our position clear, setting the record straight and making our voices heard on the matter, we make this salient and sincere response for the records.
It is no longer news that the frustrated former governor, who is looking for who to transfer his frustration and aggression to in other to gain cheap fame, worked against our party, during the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 and never denied the same.
For the unpopular former governor to have referred to Governor Wike as a dictator, it shows how lowly he reasons; this may have caused his level of inferiority complex since he can not match up with the capacity and track records of His Excellency, Governor Nyesom Wike, governor of River State.
Recalled that the battered former governor Babangida Aliyu’s selfish ambition to bury a party he killed in the state has stalled the democratic congress in his state simply because he insisted that he will unilaterally handpick party excos against the popular wishes of party members in the state.
We do not have any doubt, however, that his ordained and handpicked excos will help him bury the party in the state come 2023 as we are very sure that in his characteristic manner, he will play his usual anti-party game.
Former governor Babangida Aliyu, who has been accused of diverting ecological funds of the Federal Government, released to Niger State in 2014, to the tune of about N1.940 billion should be more bothered about facing his criminal charges of eight-count money laundering charges.
We will advise that the jobless and out of favour former governor should stop holding onto straws by looking for cheap popularity and sympathy by attacking Governor Nyesom Wike. Instead, he should come out boldly to request help from Nyesome Wike the people’s governor.
As it is now, our dear party needs more unity and peace rather than utterances that can divide the party if truly we are serious about salvaging our dear nation from the present clueless government come 2023.
We are calling and encouraging the leadership of our great party to disregard unserious entities, spurious and disaffection statements and entreaties, their pranks of supporting the NWC, while they are intentionally putting the party apart will never see the light of the day. Aliyu Babangida played this sinister script in 2015, he is at it again against the run-up of 2023.
PDP North Central Support Group Alliance Forum
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