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Ambode in APC guber primary ! Aregbesola behind gov’s woes, not Tinubu, says group

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Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has expressed his readiness to participate in the governorship primary election - The governorship primary election of All Progressives Congress (APC) Lagos state is scheduled for Saturday, September 29 - Ambode expressed gratitude to the national leader,

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, party elders and executives, GAC members, all APC members and every Lagosian Goverbor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state on Wednesday, September 26, expressed his readiness to participate in Saturday’s primary election where members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) across the state are expected to choose the party’s flagbearer through direct primaries. In a statement issued by the commissioner for information and strategy, Kehinde Bamigbetan, said the governor is restating his readiness in line with the choice of the party in Lagos state and the validation given to the direct primary preference by the Governor’s Advisory Council. The statement read:

“As our great party approaches Saturday, September 29th, 2018, earmarked for the direct primary election to choose the candidate to fly our party’s gubernatorial flag at the next general election, I am happy to restate my commitment to participate in that process having procured and submitted my nomination form and having formally declared my intention to seek a second term to continue on the path of unprecedented growth and development that our State has witnessed since 2015." READ ALSO: Edo governor Obaseki caught sleeping at UN general assembly, state govt reacts (photos) Ambode expressed profound gratitude to the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; party elders and executives; GAC members; all APC members and every Lagosian “whose support, understanding and prayers have assisted me in no small measures in being used as an instrument through which our State has redefined the concept of greatness”.

The statement added that the governor is approaching the founding fathers and teeming members of the party with a “grateful heart, open arms and a pledge to open and deeper attention to the concerns of this one, big family”. It added that a return of the party’s ticket to GovernorAmbode will guarantee the stability of the state’s growing economy; ensure the continuation of the growth and development it has witnessed over time and ensure that the opposition does not take root in the state.

The statement congratulates the governor’s co-contestants for the courage and commitment to the party and urges party faithfuls to come out en masse and vote peacefully in all the 20 Local Governments and 245 wards where the election will take place PAY ATTENTION: Read the news on Nigeria’s #1 new app NAIJ.com previously reports that the Lagos state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday, September 18, inaugurated a seven-member committee to screen aspirants for the October 4 state assembly primary. Tunde Balogun, the state chairman of the party, inaugurated the committee at the ACME road secretariat of the party. The members of the committee include: former deputy-governor of the state, Femi Pedro; the commissioner for health, Jide Idris; a party chieftain, Wale Oshun; and member of the party’s Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), Abayomi Finnih.

 

• Aregbesola behind gov’s woes, not Tinubu, says group

Segun James

The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has set up a seven-member committee to screen aspirants for the October 4 state assembly primary.

 

This is coming as the United Broom Movement (UBM), a political bloc within the APC in the state has reiterated that the man responsible for the woes of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State is the Governor of Osun State, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola.

The state Chairman of the party, Tunde Balogun, inaugurated the committee yesterday at the ACME road secretariat of the party.

Members of the committee include: former deputy-governor of the state, Femi Pedro; the Commissioner for Health, Jide Idris; a party chieftain, Wale Oshun; and member of the party’s Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), Abayomi Finnih.

Moshood Salvador, a former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, who joined APC officially last Saturday, is also among members of the committee.

Speaking with journalists after the closed-door inauguration, Balogun said the setting up of the committee was in preparation for the state assembly primary.

He said the committee, which would begin work on Wednesday and finish on Friday, was to ensure that aspirants met the requirements to contest in the primary.

Balogun explained that each of the members of the committee would chair a sub-committee with members, to respond to the high number of aspirants.

“We have a large number of people who are to be screened to contest in the state house of assembly primary.

“We have 40 seats in the state and over 230 aspirants are to be screened.

“This is a large number, and that is why each member of the committee is chairing a sub-committee to rise up to the challenge.

“We are prepared for this enormous job, and and we are even expecting members from the national secretariat to do the work,” he said.

He assured that the committee would carry out its responsibility without let or hindrance. On the inclusion of Salvador in the committee, Balogun said it reflected the party’s promise that all defectors would be treated equally like the others. The chairman said the APC would not renege on its promise to ensure new members were fully integrated.

He described the excitement generated by the emergence of two challengers to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for the party’s governorship ticket as good for internal democracy.

Balogun said that the emergence of a former commissioner of establishment and training, Jide Sanwo-Olu and a former commissioner of works, Obafemi Hamzat, reflected the beauty of democracy.

Meanwhile, the United Broom Movement (UBM), a political bloc within the APC in Lagos state has reiterated that the man responsible for the woes of Ambode is Aregbesola.

According to the UBM’s leader, Mr. Fouad Oki, who had in last June, cried out the Osun State Governor was after Ambode, Aregbesola is the head of the Mandate Group, which is the dominant group under former Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s political family.

He said it was the group that is insisting on the removal of Ambode.

“Its members cut across every community, city and shanty of the state. It has its highest concentration in Alimosho Local Government Area, which is about the largest local government in the state. In most cases, it is the votes from Alimosho that determine who win major elections in the state.

“The direct control of the Mandate Group is within the domain of Governor Aregbesola, who is the second-in-command in the Bola Tinubu political circuit in the state.”

According to Mr. Dayo Williams, a member of the UBM, “the alleged face-off between Governor Ambode and Tinubu is actually between Aregbesola and Ambode over the latter’s neglect of the socioeconomic interests of the Mandate Group. Have you seen those on the Campaign Committee of Jide Sanwo-Olu? They are die-hard supporters of Aregbesola. Go check the list again. Most of those who accuse Tinubu of imposing candidates on the APC don’t even know how he operates.

“Whatever candidate you see Tinubu backing in Lagos State in any election is the consensus choice of the biggest power bloc within the party. This means that time without numbers, Tinubu has to defer to the interest of the bloc which happens after countless deliberations must have taken place,” he said.