Tinubu refuses to endorse Ambode, insists on direct primaries
The national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Ahmed Tinubu and members of the Lagos chapter of the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) have refused to endorse Akinwunmi Ambode for a second term.
Vanguard reports that the GAC, which is the state’s highest advisory political body headed by Tinubu, rose from its meeting on Saturday, September 22 insisting on direct primary for all gubernatorial aspirants.
The 22-man council members was said to have met on Saturday evening inside Tinubu’s Bourdillon residence in Ikoyi area of Lagos, The state governorship primary is slated for September 29, when the party’s flag bearer for the 2019 governorship election will be chosen.
Following the GAC’s decision Governor Ambode will now have to go head-to-head against two other contestants who have also obtained nomination forms and submitted same. The other aspirants are Managing Director, Lagos State Development and Property Corporation (LSDPC) Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and former Commissioner of Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Femi Hamzat.
The 22-man council members, who met Saturday, evening at Tinubu’s, Bourdillon residence, Ikoyi, Lagos, Sanwo-Olu is reportedly Tinubu’s preferred candidate