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2019: Tinubu, Fashola rattle Ambode
Wed, 12 Sep 2018


Barring any last minute change, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode’s hope of returning for a second term might run into hitches. Gladiators in the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are mobilizing against his re-election.
New Telegraph gathered from multiple sources within the party that based on a directive by the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, all key elements within the party have been told to abandon Ambode and support the Managing Director of Lagos State Property Development Corporation (LSPDC), Babajide Sanwoolu.

This is as there were reports of impeachment threats against Ambode yesterday over his second term ambition.

The move against Ambode’s re-election bid became visible yesterday as some APC chieftains, including the party’s executives and members of the apex body in Lagos APC, the Governor Advisory Council (GAC), presented Sanwoolu to members of the party across the 57 local councils in the state, at a stakeholders meeting held in Ikeja, Lagos.

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The meeting took place at Watercress Hotel, Ikeja, which is believed to be owned by Tinubu’s former Chief Security Officer (CSO), Mr. Tayo Ayinde.

The stakeholders meeting, under the auspices of the Mandate Movement was attended by Tinubu’s loyalists. They include former Lagos APC deputy chairman, Cardinal James Odunmbaku; Vice Chairman (Lagos-East), Ashipa Kaoli Olusanya and chairman of the Conference 57, Hon. Omolola Essien, among others.

Speaking during the meeting Odumbaku declared: “Twenty years ago, we started as BATCO (Bola Ahmed Tinubu Campaign Organisation), we changed to Mandate and we are now Mandate Movement. Our office is situated in GRA, paid for and we will soon occupy that space. Omi titun tiru, eja titun ti wo (meaning there is a new order). Hon. Babajide Sanwoolu is the incoming Lagos State governor.”

The 57 council chairmen had earlier declared support for Ambode during his declaration on Monday, but they made a detour few hours after to endorse Sanwoolu’s candidature by endorsing his nomination form.

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PC primaries: I’ll defeat Amosun’s candidate, Dapo Abiodun boasts
Wed, 12 Sep 2018

The chairman, Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Prince Dapo Abiodun, has vowed to defeat the preferred gubernatorial candidate of Governor Ibikunle Amosun at the direct primaries of the Ogun State All Progressives Congress (APC).

Abiodun, who is a front line APC governorship aspirant, described the recent actions of Governor Amosun as poorly scripted dramatic fiction.

He spoke in Iperu-Remo as the crisis rocking the ruling party over the adoption of consensus candidates deepens.

Amosun had backed the choice of a House of Representatives member, Adekunle Akinlade, as the Ogun APC consensus governorship candidate for 2019 elections.

But, yesterday, Abiodun hosted 236 Wards owners and 20 Local Government coordinators at his country home in Iperu-Remo.

The oil magnate, in his address, flayed the governor over the controversy trailing the selection of party candidates for the 2019 elections.

He, however, expressed confidence in his ability to defeat whoever the governor supported for primaries.

Abiodun urged his supporters to be steadfast and stand firm, saying “we are going to have a direct primary as instructed by the National Working Committee of our great party and we shall win.”

One of the APC chieftains, who spoke at the event, Chief Bode Mustapha, said the meeting was in solidarity with Abiodun’s gubernatorial aspiration and the yearning of people of the state for improved leadership.

Mustapha, who is the chairman, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), faulted the consensus arrangement foisted on the party by the governor.

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Lamido to Atiku: I’m your senior in politics
Wed, 12 Sep 2018

Former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, has sharply disagreed with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, stating that he is older than him in politics.

Atiku and Lamido are among 12 presidential aspirants seeking to fly the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in next year’s presidential election.

Two weeks ago, PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus met with all the aspirants and advised them talk to each other to prune down the number.

Atiku who was in Dutse, Jigawa State on Monday in continuation of his presidential campaign tour‎, reportedly asked Lamido to step down for him in the presidential primary because of his senior.

He recalled in 1993 when former president Umaru Musa Yar’Adua stepped down for his elder brother, ‎Shehu Musa Yar’Adua under the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Katsina State‎.‎

“Junior brother cannot contest against his senior brother, the junior brother instantly stepped down for his brother due to his loyalty,” Atiku said.

But the former governor in a statement by his spokesperson, Adamu Muhammed Usman, said he was not in the presidential race to step down for anybody.

“While it is true he is older than me age-wise, I’m senior to him politically because I was in the House of Representatives in 1979 when he was an employee of Nigerian Customs Services. And if age is the criterion for standing election than he should drop out for Buhari,” Lamido stated.

He added that‎ Lamido has been patient, loyal and committed party member, stating that even if Lamido did not show interest in the presidential race, PDP should have called him to be the flag bearer.

The former governor noted that if there is anyone the other aspirants should step down for, it should be Sule Lamido “because he has the good and political will, experienced and capacity to confront the ruling party, APC.

“Also, if Lamido is to step down, why would he aspire in the first place? Sule Lamido is out to run for the president come 2019, God willing,” Adamu stated.

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