A very late exertion by the wife of the Lagos State Governor, Bolanle Ambode, to spare her husband’s job yesterday was said to have hit a brick wall.
Ambode’s political future has been under danger since Tinubu’s Mandate Movement, hurled the overseeing executive of Lagos State Development and Property Corporation (LSDPC), Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to challenge Ambode at the party’s primary scheduled for Tuesday, September 25.
Mrs Ambode was said to have waylaid the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and endeavored to conciliate him to alter his opinion on his hard position against her husband at Tuesday’s All Progressives Congress’ mega rally for the state governorship hopeful, Gboyega Oyetola, Osun state.
Despite the fact that it was accounted for that her endeavors did not yield any positive outcome as Tinubu was said to have “got her cordially and joked with her.”
“At a point, she became emotional despite the fact that many party leaders were there. But Asiwaju (Tinubu) did not give her the answer she desired. He merely treated her with courtesy,” one of the sources said.
The governor and Tinubu have been in the news in the past few days over the second term bid of Ambode. Tinubu had allegedly refused to support Ambode’s second term ambition despite pleas by notable people in the state and the country.
Meanwhile, sources said the Mandate group had started wooing another aspirant on the APC platform, Dr Obafemi Hamzat.
It was gathered that Tinubu’s men wanted Hamzat, who is from the Lagos East like Ambode, to become the deputy governor with a promise that he would supervise a ministry and also nominate two commissioners into the cabinet.
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.
In a related development, the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria on Tuesday made public its intention to support Sanwo-Olu,
Also the chairmen of the 57 local council development areas in Lagos had also declared support for Sanwo-Olu.