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APC Leaders Threaten Revolt Against Tinubu Over Ambode

Lagos APC leaders who are members of the political family of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu have threatened to vote against his choice, should he back the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, for a second term. 

The decision followed pressures being mounted on the Tinubu from different quarters to back Ambode for second term.

New Telegraph gathered from a reliable source in the party that Tinubu’s loyalists, who are majorly in Mandate Movement, held a meeting in Lagos yesterday and unanimously decided to challenge their leader if he backpedals to support Ambode against their collective choice - the Managing Director of Lagos State Property Development Corporation (LSPDC), Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The supporters of the APC national leader are mobilising for Sanwo-Olu to emerge as APC governorship candidate during the party’s primary election on September 25. 

According to the source, Tinubu’s loyalists said they were dissatisfied with the way they were treated by Governor Ambode despite supporting him at the expense of other aspirants during the 2015 elections. They, therefore, said that they were now solidly behind Sanwo-Olu.

We have gone far in our support for Sanwo-Olu and at present, it will be difficult for us to back out from our desire to stop Ambode’s re-election. In fact, some of the party leaders resolved at the meeting that they are ready to challenge Tinubu for the first time since 1999 if he decides to support Ambode’s re-election."

The source said, “The present situation has nothing to do with Tinubu alone; it is about key leaders of the APC, who are not happy about how they were treated by the governor. They worked hard for Ambode, but despite their support for the governor, he abandoned them and treated them badly."