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General News of Monday, 29 August 2022


Tinubu's ally finally reveals how Ambode lost re-election to Sanwo-Olu

The media and communications of the presidential campaign council of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Dele Alake have responded to the rumors that the former Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode was at loggerheads with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu hence the reason he lost his bid for re-election in 2019.

Alake during a Twitter space organized by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (ABAT) Media Centre, on Sunday, August 28 reiterated that Tinubu did not reject Ambode, contrary to popular suspicion.

The former commissioner of information and strategy in Lagos noted that the former governor was only defeated at the primary by his successor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and that this was decided by votes, not by Tinubu.

Tinubu did not take the ticket from Ambode Alake explained that while Ambode might have had some flaws and made wrong moves at one point or the other, it was not Tinubu's responsibility to choose who governs Lagos, even if he has the right to support a preferred candidate.

He said: “In a political competition, there must be supporters here and there. Yes, Fashola’s successor (Ambode) came into office, he was supported by Asiwaju as Asiwaju supported Fashola. But let me use this opportunity to clear one point, a misconception that Ambode wasn’t given a second term. It is not true.

“The governorship mandate is not for Asiwaju to give or take. It is for the people of Lagos State to give or to take or withdraw. Ambode was in office, for whatever reason he might have committed, of course he did commit gaps and faux pas but he also went through election. Maybe people have forgotten or they have selective amnesia, Ambode went through the political process and lost.

“Asiwaju did not take the ticket from him. He contested the primaries with Babajide Sanwo-Olu and lost. The primary was conducted in the open all over the state and the media covered it and it was shown everywhere. Why do people always succumb to such partisanship occasioned by blind prejudices.

“Yes it was Asiwaju’s right to support any candidate or aspirant, it is a natural phenomenon.”