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AMBODE GETS HELP FROM ASO ROCK: May Likely Emerge

In politics, especially as the permutations for 2019 gets hot up, 24 hours is a long time during which a lot could change. What you hear or observe in the morning is not the same as what will happen in the evening.

There is still hope after all for Governor Ambode.

The presidency, through vice president Yemi Osinbajo, has intensified intervention moves to broker a peace deal between APC national leader, Bola Tinubu and the embattled Governor Akinwumi Ambode.

Giving insight into the peace moves, a top party chieftain, who had served in the State Executive Council between 2003 and 2011, acknowledged the sustained peace meetings, which according to him, was facilitated by the president, but handled by the vice president.

Even though Tinubu had not yielded to the presidential intervention, the chieftain said that the Ambode-Tinubu rift had got to the point of reconciliation. The intervention of President Buhari and his wife, Aisha, he said, would eventually yield meaningful result.

Speaking to ThisDay, the source said, “There is fear that Ambode may fight back if he eventually clinches the APC ticket. The party leaders believe he does not forgive. That is why it is difficult to resolve the issues. In 2014, the Mandate did not support him. It supported Hamzat then. It was Asiwaju that persuaded the leaders of the movement to support Ambode.

“But Ambode never forgave them. He fought them back. Already, the whole issue has got to the point of reconciliation. The Mandate is just leveraging on Asiwaju’s displeasure against Ambode to fight back.

"But they will likely call him this week and read the riot act to him. It will be resolved most likely this week. They just want to teach Ambode some lessons and humble him.”