Lagos APC lawmakers declare support for Sanwo-olu, as Ambode’s troubles pile up

by Victotria Ayuwei
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It hasn’t been a good month for embattled Lagos governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

The first shoe fell with the leaders of the party in the state declaring support for Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the candidate they will support  in the coming governorship primaries of the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The next shoe to drop was the reported fall-out with his political father, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The governor’s troubles grew deeper on Saturday as members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have adopted Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the candidate they will support in the primaries.

Jide Sanwo-olu

According to the lawmakers they were in agreement with the leadership of the party and the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) which had earlier endorsed Sanwo-olu for the governorship ticket.

The statement was signed by Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Strategy and Security, Honourable (Princess) Adefunmilayo Tejuoso.

It explained the decision was taken at a parliamentary meeting of the lawmakers which took place at Lateef Jakande auditorium of the House on Saturday, 29 September, 2019, a day before the governorship primaries of the party.

The meeting was presided over by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa. Out of the 40 members of the House, 36 were present at the meeting and all of them endorsed the decision and duly signed the statement announcing the decision.

Per Second News gathered from a close associate of the governor that the forces trying to deny the governor a second term is also behind the heart of a brewing hostile bureaucratic network that has been operating in the shadows. Ambode’s determination to transform the government, wipe out the swamp, and reduce the power of the bureaucratic machine has set him on a collision course with some party members and powerful leaders  resistant to the Lagos people’s agenda.

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