In readiness for Saturday’s direct primary election, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has inaugurated the Ambode Campaign Organisation coordinators and offices in the three senatorial districts in the state, with functional outposts across the constitutionally-recognised 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs).
The development followed reports that several special interest groups in Lagos APC have endorsed the governor’s candidacy, insisting that his sterling performance and reconciliatory conduct should earn him the deserved second term in office.
Friends of the governor told Elombah News that the special interest groups were buoyed by the governor’s genuine commitment to the development of the state as well as his gratitude and reference to the APC’s National Leader, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and elders of the party in the state.
But a top source in the office of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu told Elombah News that the Jagaban has no plans to endorse Governor Akinwumi Ambode ahead of the Lagos governorship primary election of the party.
The top ranking source who is also a strong member of the APC in the state says the camp of Lagos Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has been planting fake stories in the press about godfather Bola Tinubu anointing Ambode ahead of the governorship primary election slated for this weekend.
“Ambode’s camp is desperately trying to mislead Lagosians with these stories”, the source said.
Ambode is keen on a second term ticket on the APC platform, even though the odds are currently stacked against him
Tinubu has reportedly fallen out with Ambode, with the Mandate Movement, a political structure loyal to Tinubu, endorsing Babajide Olushola Sanwoolu ahead of the primaries.
57 council chairmen and vice chairmen have also thrown their weight behind Sanwoolu, with Ambode told by grassroots mobilisers that he stands no chance of nicking a second term ticket on the APC platform.
But Ambode’s team has approved specialised training for 1,960 personnel that will serve as agents in all the 245 wards in the the 20 LGAs where the primary election is expected to take place.
In a statement by the Directorate of Media and Strategy of ACO, the agents were selected and trained “to be 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 All Progressives Congress (APC) who want the best for the party and for democracy by ensuring that the best candidate emerges on a level playing ground.”
Ambode had on Wednesday reiterated his intention to participate in Saturday’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.
In his declaration on Wednesday, Ambode had stated his intention to seek re-election with a “grateful heart, open arms and a pledge to open and pay deeper attention to the concerns of this one, big family.”
He also stated that a return of the party’s ticket to him will “guarantee the stability of the state’s growing economy; ensure continuation of the growth and development it has witnessed over time and ensure that the opposition does not take root in Lagos State.”