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Epe indigenes to pray for Ambode’s second term bid as Tinubu’s absence stalls decision on Ambode

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The meeting of the Governor Advisory Committee on Saturday could not make any tangible decision due to the absence of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

GAC was supposed to decide the governorship candidate of the APC in the 2019 elections.

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Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had expressed his willingness to go for a second term.

However two former commissioners in the state – Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Dr. Femi Hamzat- had also obtained their forms.

Tinubu, it was gathered, could not leave Osun State due to the governorship election in the state.

The meeting was fixed for Saturday with the hope that Tinubu would be there.

His absence, however, delayed the members from making key decisions.

The governorship ticket of Lagos State had generated public interest after Sanwo-Olu got the backing of the Mandate Movement in the Lagos APC.

The Mandate Movement is led by Tinubu, who was Ambode’s political godfather.

The chairmen of the 57 councils also declared support for Sanwo-Olu.

The governor and Tinubu have been in the news in the past few days because of an alleged rift over the second term bid of Ambode.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s kinsmen have resolved to take the battle to God in prayers as opposition to his second term bid mounts.

An indication to this effect came from Mr. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, a former Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, as he urged Epe indigenes to pray that Ambode successfully clinches the All Progressives Congress’ ticket at the governorship direct primary scheduled for September 29.

Ikuforiji made the appeal at the grand finale of Kayokayo festival in Epe on Saturday night.

Epe is the hometown of Ambode.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state’s Governor’s Advisory Council, the highest decision-making body of the APC in Lagos, met on Saturday night where it resolved that the chapter must hold a primary election to determine its governorship candidate.

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The decision may have removed the hopes that the party would clear the coast for Ambode’s bid by asking his challengers to step down for him.

Among his challengers are Mr Jide Sanwo-Olu, a former Commissioner for Training and Establishment, believed to have the backing of APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu, and Dr Obafemi Hamzat, also a former Commissioner in the state.

A source close to the 22-member GAC meeting held at Tinubu’s Ikoyi residence told NAN that the party insisted that Ambode must go through the primary election with others.

“We met and deliberated extensively on the governor’s second term bid and our forthcoming primary.

“After the deliberations, we resolved that the party should hold the primary to pick its candidate because that is just the right thing to do.

“We are a democratic party that believes so much in internal democracy, so we think we should allow everyone to sell themselves to members who will eventually determine their choices, ” the source who attended the meeting said.