Exclusive..’Ambode Felt Betrayed By Tinubu For Dumping Him After He Settled With N6bn To Get Second Term Ticket
The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode was enraged and felt betrayed by the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for dumping at the last minute after he settled him with whopping N6billion , COMPLETE NEWS has exclusively gathered.
A highly reliable source close to the governor told COMPLETE NEWS at the weekend that the governor was embittered when he learnt that Babajide Sanwo-Olu who acted on the instruction of Tinubu had picked APC governorship nomination forms to challenge him at the direct primaries.
It was gathered that the governor who was apprehensive of his second term bid reached out to Tinubu with N6billion through his close ally one Ajisebutu on Sunday, 9th September.
Ambode who was confident that the gesture had sealed his ticket, flew to Abuja, next day, Monday to pick his expression of interest and nomination forms at the National Secretariat of the APC in Abuja.
‘The governor was deeply troubled and felt betrayed that Sanwo-olu had picked nomination forms through a proxy having settled Asiwaju, his estranged godfather with billions of naira”, the source told COMPLETE NEWS.
In last minute efforts to salvage the situation, which was a dire strait, the governor sent respected emissaries, including President Muhammadu Buhari to Tinubu to prevail on him to allow him to recontest but all failed.
It was gathered that Tinubu told the president that Ambode issue was a complicated matter which was beyond him assuring the president that Ambode’s ousting will not in anyway affect the fortunes of the party in Lagos at the general elections.
‘ My President, your votes are intact,’, Tinubu was quoted to have assured the president.
Meanwhile, Tinubu’s preferred candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu yesterday at City Mall, Lagos Island formally declared for Lagos State Governorship race on the APC platform.
Flanked by party leaders and lieutenants of the National leader like Cardinal James Odunbaku, James Faleke, Tayo Ayinde among others, Sanwo-olu promised to govern a Lagos that works for all.
In his address titled, ‘Clarion Call To Lagos State To A Greater Level’, the governorship aspirant acknowledged the visionary leadership and managerial dexterity of former governors Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Babatunde in building a modern Lagos.
According to him, if elected, he would run an all-inclusive goernment.
He said, ” History is not made in a day, but it is made on the day that you start to make the labours of the past and the hope for the future the touchstone of our endeavours. That day is today” .