The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, has declared that the Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, become not in any manner embattled over the contention for the governorship ticket of the party in Lagos.
Following a suggested relationship breakdown between Ambode and the National Leader of APC, Bola Tinubu, the latter was said to have anointed one Babajide Sanwoolu as the subsequent governor of Lagos State.
Just recently, the Vice Chairman of the APC in Lagos East Senatorial District, Asipa Kaoli Olusanya, said that Tinubu instructed the 57 Local Council Chairmen in the kingdom to paintings towards the emergence of Sanwooolu as the next governor of the state.
However, Oshiomhole brushed off the claims of rift between the Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode and the Lagos APC leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Speaking at a meeting with the party’s governors, Oshiomhole insisted that the Lagos State branch of the party is in sound fitness, regardless of the discontents towards the governor, Vanguard reports.
According to Oshiomhole, “Now, the attempt to say an embattled governor…there is no APC governor that is embattled and because we are democratic, the best way to measure democracy is the presence of more than one person showing interest in an office.
“That does not make any other person embattled. But, of course, the media can create this impression that there is an earthquake in Lagos; there is no earthquake.
“At every level, I have seen people claiming that in one or two offices there was no opposition. In every other office, we have more than one candidate expressing interest. Those people who are currently occupying those positions are not by reasons of those new expressions of interests, embattled.
“Three, to say that you have never seen Lagos state governor in our meetings is to the extent that your lens is blurred. My records and minutes of our meetings will show the participation of the Lagos state governor in all the meetings in which he has been invited.
“I think our party in Lagos is at peace.”
Meanwhile, Nigeria Daily Times has previously reported that Tinubu has refused to admit the fact that he his backing Sanwo-olu against Ambode and also said the party leaders in Lagos has taken their decision.