Nigeria: Buhari, Tinubu, Akande meet in last intervention over Ambode’s plight
London, October 2, 2018 (AltAfrica)-President Muhammadu Buhari last night met with the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, and the party’s former National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande in a last minute intervention over the brewing succession crisis in Lagos State.
Tinubu’s political machine, the Mandate Movement, are opposing Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s second term bid, throwing up the Managing Director of Lagos State Development and Property Corporation, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, as his main challenger.
The initial intervention the President, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, former governor of Ogun State, Chief Segun Osoba, and the party’s National Chairman, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole has failed to douse the tension which resulted in personal attack by Ambode on Sawon-Olu last weekend
Alternativeafrica reliably gathered that the meeting primarily was summoned to demand fair play and the need to give Ambode and Sawon-Olu equal opportunity in the rescheduled primaries
In a statement obtained by Alternativeafrica.com, Tunde Rahman, Tinubu’s media adviser, confirmed the meeting with Buhari last night.
“Asiwaju Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande were invited by President Buhari and it turned out to be a good and productive meeting. Asiwaju was quite pleased to have conferred with the President who has always shown himself to be a committed party member and a true democrat
“Just like the president, he is looking forward to a good and credible primary that is peaceful and free of rancour. As previously stated, Asiwaju plans to vote in this primary and his position regarding the relative merits of the candidates remains unchanged”
Credible sources told Alternativeafrica.com that Tinubu had successfully convinced the president that all would be well in Lagos and that he should not bother himself or entertain any fears about fallout of the primaries
Another agreement with Tinubu, according to the source was the need to allow the National Secretariat not just to supervise but conduct the Lagos primaries with little interference from State Executive Committee, populated by the Mandate Movement believed to be Tinubu’s men
The source said” Aside the issues of credible primaries, the president also discussed the threat of impeachment of Ambode and got a firm commitment from Tinubu that it was just a political propaganda and that nothing of such would happen.”
Last Thursday, Ambode took up the gauntlet and decided to face the primary, reactivating his campaign machinery with the recruitment of agents across the 20 local governments and 37 local development councils in the state.
Ambode’s last Sunday’s conversation with the world press where he described Sanwo-olu as a fraudster and mental illness patient who is not fit to govern Lagos State, was sufficient prove that he might have decided to rock the boat, a prospect presidency officials felt was capable of sinking the party in the state.
“We don’t want to go too far; we don’t want to talk about all the things that we know; but what we want is for our leadership to have a rethink because the truth is this, I will not stand here on the mandate of Lagosians and allow our great party APC to put in somebody that the opposition will easily take out because of lack of credibility,” Ambode had said.
This statement, presidency officials believe, is too loaded to be waved off. “Clearly Ambode has minimum capacity to do maximum damage,” a source said last night.