Senator Bola Tinubu will be meeting with the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), where Governor Ambode’s fate will be decided.
GAC is Lagos state’s highest advisory political organ under the leadership of Tinubu. Others in the race for Lagos governorship are Dr. Obafemi Hamzat and Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
A report by This Day indicates that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode will on Wednesday, September 19, know the fate of his second term bid as the national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, meets with the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), to discuss the issue.
The GAC is Lagos state’s highest advisory political organ under the leadership of Tinubu. The membership of the council, made up of the governor and leaders of the party across the three senatorial districts of the state, include, Dr. Olorunfemi Bashorun; Senator Anthony Adefuye, Prof. Tunde Samuel, Chief Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Alhaji Tajudeen Olusi and Cardinal James Odumbaku.
Ambode’s political future has been under threat since Tinubu’s Mandate Movement, threw up the Managing Director of Lagos State Development and Property Corporation (LSDPC), Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to challenge the governor at the party’s primary scheduled for Tuesday, September 25.
Also in the race, is another strong contender, a former commissioner for works and Infrastructure, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, who has the backing of an equally powerful group, the Justice Forum.
The governor’s travail had attracted the intervention of the presidency and some governors, including Oyo state’s Senator Abiola Ajimobi that pleaded for reprieve for him.
But faced with a possible mutiny by his foot soldiers, Tinubu insisted that Ambode should test his popularity at the direct primary contest for the party’s ticket, saying he no longer wants to be accused of imposing anyone on the party.
After much pressure, Tinubu, however, shifted some ground on Monday, September 17, by agreeing to refer the matter to the GAC, the body that advises the governor and the party leader on matters of state as well issues that concern the party.
In the event that Ambode does not get the support of GAC, an aide of the governor said, the most viable option for his boss is to step down and go home. “Ambode did not prepare for the prevailing circumstances,” said the aide, “therefore, he does not have alternative plan to respond to his dilemma.