Ambode ‘Faces Impeachment’ For Declaring For Second Term
Although stakeholders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos state have dismissed reports on the plot to stop the State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s second term bid, strong indications are emerging that he is fighting for his political life.
The governor, on Monday, September 10, made a public declaration for re-election in 2019 on the platform of the ruling party, while addressing party faithful, telling them there was more to be done and he was not tired.
“With your support, we have made Lagos a better place and changed the face of our state. I did not do it alone; we did it together, because you believed,” he had said.
“So, I humbly call you again, to give me your support as I seek to continue with your mandate to steer the affairs of our state. I ask you to believe again and together, let’s achieve more.”
Barely less than 24 hours after his declaration, credible sources have informed TheCable that there is a threat to impeach Ambode if he does not drop his second term bid.
The news outlet further quoted APC insiders as saying that no less than 50 council chairmen loyal to Bola Tinubu, his estranged godfather, have met and pledged their support for Jide Sanwonolu, who is believed to be Tinubu’s preferred choice.
The council chairmen are the most influential grassroots mobilisers under the direct primary system adopted by APC to pick governorship candidates.
And its believed that most members of the Lagos house of assembly are also loyal to Tinubu.
“Meeting is over. Ambode is out. Jide Sanyaolu Sanwonolu is the new governor of Lagos. All 57 local government chairman have signed his form. It’s over,” the online newspaper quoted a source as saying.
To further buttress these claims, the online newspaper revealed that James Odunmbaku, an ally of Tinubu known as “Baba Eto” in the political circle, said “Sanwololu is the incoming governor of Lagos” at a meeting held after Sanwonolu picked up his nomination form.
There have been reports of a rift between Tinubu and Ambode. When the APC leader canvassed for direct primary in Lagos, rumors were rife that Ambode was one of the targets but both men have carried on as if all is well.