AkinAmbodeAt a recent meeting of Lagos All Progressive Party elders held at Senator Bola Tinubu’s residence, the former governor did not mince words when he told guber aspirants in attendance that his candidate for the 2015 is Akinwumi Ambode. According to a very reliable source, the elders were already seated when he stormed out of his inner chamber and told the aspirants ‘ I have told you before that my candidate is Ambode’.
Before attending to other matters he was said to have grabbed Ambode’s hand and dragged him into the inner room for a brief tet-a-tet. This magazine learnt that shortly after the proclamation, some of the aspirants began to have a rethink of their ambition and register their loyalty to where ever the party leader is. One of them was Senator Gbenga Ashafa who hurriedly wound off his campaign center. A particular aspirant who was Tinubu’s former aide, Tayo Ayinde was equally said to have torn his nomination form when he realised where the pendulum would swing.
At the moment it was learnt that Tinubu’s stance may tear the party apart as many of his party men are poised for a showdown over his choice. In another development however, Ambode seems to be gaining ground as the preferred candidate of majority. For instance, majority of members of the state house of assembly have enlisted their support for the for former accountant general of Lagos as the man to lead the state in 2015 while all the local government chairmen have all gone into work to ensure victory for Ambode.
A major factor being canvassed is his wealth of experience as an insider in the workings of government and as a tested technocrat.

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