LAGOS 2019: Ambode, Tinubu Meeting Today For "Last" Chance

There is still 'small' hope. Barring any unforeseen development, the Governor Advisory Council (GAS) will meet on Saturday night (today) to conclude all matter concerning the Lagos State ticket of the All Progressives Congress.

Will Tinunu back Sanwo-Olu or Governor Ambode?

GAS is the highest advisory body of the APC in Lagos and its verdict on any issue is the law.

It was gathered on Friday that the body would meet on Saturday and recommend the aspirant that could win the state for the party.

The incumbent Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, had declared his interest for a second term in office.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu has however got the backing of the Mandate Movement in the Lagos APC. The Mandate Movement is led by the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who was Ambode’s political godfather.

The chairmen of the 57 councils have 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.

Tinubu has refused to back Ambode’s second term ambition despite pleas by notable people in the state and the country.

Sources told The Punch that although the governor met with President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, nothing had changed.

One of them said, “Nobody is going to hand over that ticket to him but on a silver platter. For now, the Mandate Movement is still standing on Sanwo-Olu. But the GAC’s decision is important.”

However, it was learnt that divergent opinions were beginning to come out of the Tinubu-led group.

A source, however, said on Saturday that divergent opinions were normal and nothing to worry about.

A friend of the governor said the feeling in Ambode’s camp was getting better.