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Lagos APC Leaders Battle Tinubu Over Ambode Insist: No More Room For “Technocrat” Governors

 

The National Leader of the All Progressive Party (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and  the leadership of the party in Lagos state are currently locking horns over the aspiration of the Lagos state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode for a second term.

Thepage  reliably gathered that the tension among the two is so great, so much that for the first time in the history of Asiwaju’s political dynasty,his followers are beginning” to look straight to his face and demand their collective  wish be respected “

Multiple dependable sources confirmed to Thepage that Asiwaju had given in to pressures  from some personalities to back Ambode for a second term in office, but met a brickwall convincing the party leadership to tow the same line.

Thepage gathered that a caucus within the party leadership met and gave it raw to Asiwaju who was accused of originating the trend of making non politicians governors under the guise of being  technocrats.

It was gathered that  the meeting complained that it was easy for Governor Ambode to sideline party members in the course of his administration because he does not feel binded by the ethos of the party as he was a civil servant prior to his election as governor and not a party man.

At the meeting where it was concluded that no amount of plea from Tinubu would make them allow for an Ambode second term, it was decided that the party would immediately replicate the defunct National Party Of Nigeria’s (NPN) model with superior power vested in the hands of  the party supreme caucus  which at the time, had  the likes of Ume Ezeoke, Olushola Saraki and AMA Akinloye  as members ,with power over every elected officers in the party at the state and national levels.

Further, the meeting set in motion,  what has been  described as the process of  ” returning the state to the party” project. This, it was affirmed, will begin with the Direct Primary billed to be adopted in deciding who picks the state’s gubernatorial ticket ahead of the 2019 election, because ” the state should be under the party, not vise versa ” quipped a source.

According to sources privy to the elders meeting, for the first time, a gubernatorial candidate for the state would be determined by members of the party , as against the usual delegate determined or indirect primary.

“Asiwaju was accused to have taken the state away from the party , when after his tenure he entrusted government in the hands of men they claimed , declined to carry party members along in the day to day running of the state affairs because they have no allegiance to the party since they were not members”  a source hinted.

Corroborating the decision of the Lagos APC leaders, a female chieftain of the party said, in arguing against the further use of non politician technocrats  as governors  in place of  genuine and technocrat party members, argument came up in favour of ” Baba Ganiyu Dawodu who insisted the Alliance for Democracy (AD) at the time, will not oblige Sen. Ahmed Tinubu the party’s gubernatorial ticket ahead of the Late Engr. Funsho Williams who was a registered party man as against a exile returnee  Tinubu”

Meanwhile, the major opponent to Incumbent governor Ambode,  Jide Sanwo- olu on Sunday  flagged off his  campaign ahead of the APC primary slated for the 25th of this month.

There were initial fears that the event may not hold as the police was said to have denied the campaign team the use of the initial advertised police college ground.

The flag off which eventually held at the city Mall on the Lagos island saw Sanwo-Olu promising to be a good party man who will be sensitive to the yearnings and aspirations of the party.

Sanwo-Olu was brought into the ruling party when he served as  Special Adviser to  former Deputy Governor, Femi Pedro and was claimed to have remained a loyal party man since then.

He was said to have remained loyal even when Pedro, his guide to the  party abandoned it  before he later retraced his steps.
Femi Adepoju

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