Following political tensions in Lagos State, there have been moves by President Muhammadu Buhari, Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi and Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, to save the state All Progressive Congress ticket from an impending loss during the 2019 governorship election.
There have been reports that the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode was no longer in the good books of the APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, which might endanger his second term ambition.
It can be recalled that on Tuesday, two new aspirants under the APC, Dr Obafemi Hamzat and Jide Sanwoolu, emerged to contest for the governorship ticket with Ambode in the direct primary billed to come up in two weeks time.
Both Hamzat and Sanwoolu, were former commissioners in the state, claimed to have Tinubu’s backing.
Ambode was also said to have the APC national leader’s backing when he declared intention to go for a second term on Monday.
However, sources within the ruling party said on Wednesday that the prominent personalities including the President, the monarch and Ajimobi had stepped in to resolve the crisis, noting that the matter would be resolved.
“There are serious moves to end the crisis. Many people, including the President have waded in. And it is not yet too late for the issue to be resolved,” said the source.
“President Buhari, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and Oba Rilwan Akiolu are making efforts to ensure that the matter is resolved and Ambode’s second term bid is not terminated,” the source added.
Another source said there was no problem between Ambode and his political father, Tinubu, but the governor was believed to have drawn the ire of party leaders and key supporters when he allegedly sidelined them from his administration.
Reports also have it that many APC members in the state were of the opinion that Ambode might fail to clinch the APC governorship ticket having been abandoned by the 57 local council chairmen in the state, the source said there was no cause for alarm.
He said the President, who was a father to all the APC members, would resolve the logjam.
Another source said the party elders, who were said to have sponsored Sanwoolu, had decided to open discussion on Ambode after pressure from different quarters.
However, Ambode has denied such rifts between him and the national leader.
He had made this known on Wednesday when speaking to party faithful in Epe during the election of delegates for the presidential primary election and national convention of the APC, said “reports indicating a fight between me and Asiwaju Tinubu are out of place; there was no fight anywhere.”
He said, “The best is yet to come and the best will be what Lagos State deserves. I want you to continue with your prayers that at this time, God will show His hand and make sure that everything that is of blessing to Lagos State and also blessing to Epe will come to pass.
“I want to reiterate once again that our party, the All Progressives Congress remains the party to beat; we are the party at the national level and we are going to remain the party in the state.”