Lagos APC Primary: Real Reason Ambode Conceded Defeat To Sanwo-Olu
Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, who yesterday conceded victory to Babajide Sanwo-Olu in the All Progressives Congress primary election has been reported to have done so to avoid impeachment.
It would be recalled Ambode, in a brief press conference conceded defeat and congratulated his opponent Sanwo-Olu.
According to sources from both Ambode and a National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s camps, the move was meant to remove the tension, as well as avert the impeachment move being considered by party elders.
It was also gathered that before and after the broadcast, Ambode had contacted Tinubu and some party leaders in a bid to assure them of his loyalty to the party, and in order to avert the impeachment option.
The APC Publicity Secretary in Lagos State, Joe Igbokwe, said he did not know about any peace move by the incumbent governor, as well as any deal.
He said, “I don’t know about that.”
Another source said:
“He (Ambode) did not want the matter to get to that level; that is why he accepted the defeat to reduce the tension in the state and stop any panicky action by the party elders. He also wanted them to leave him in peace to complete all his projects,” the source said.
One of Tinubu’s aides also said it was still early to say.
He said, “Ambode just made his speech, every other thing would flow from the governor’s decision to accept defeat and congratulate Sanwo-Olu.”
Before his shock acceptance of the result, there had been the expectation that the governor would fight the declaration of Sanwo-Olu as the winner of the state’s Tuesday governorship primary.
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