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2019: Hamzat, 36 Lagos lawmakers deepen Gov Ambode’s woes

2019: Hamzat, 36 Lagos lawmakers deepen Gov Ambode’s woes

The travails of Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode In trying to clinch his party’s governorship ticket ahead of the 2019 elections have worsened.

His chances were worsened on Saturday following the action of 36 out of the 40 members of the Lagos State House of Assembly, who resolved to dump Ambode and give their support to Babajide Sanwo-Olu ahead the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primaries on Sunday.

Added to that, another governorship aspirant on the platform of the APC in Lagos, Dr. Femi Hamzat, has withdrawn from the race, and thrown his weight behind the ambition of another aspirant, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Hamzat, who spoke during a press conference in Lagos on Saturday, directed his supporters to cast their votes for Sanwo-Olu during the party’s primary, because according to him, he can vouch for Sanwo-Olu’s integrity and personal intelligence.

On their part, the lawmakers in a statement by Musbau Rasaq, media aide to the House Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, said the lawmakers made the decision after a parliamentary meeting held on Saturday.

“After a parliamentary meeting held on September 29, 2018 at the Lagos State House of Assembly Complex, members do hereby unanimously resolve to support the position of the leadership of All Progressives Congress and the Governor’s Advisory Council in Lagos State on the endorsement of Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu as the APC gubernatorial candidate in the 2019 election.

“The meeting was attended by 36 out of the 40 honourable members in the House of Assembly.”

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Ambode, who seems to be on the verge of being the first incumbent governor of Lagos State if not the entire nation to lose a party primary election, got to the present fix in his short political career after the national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, allegedly rejected his second term ambition.

Tinubu is said to have given his nod to Sanwo-Olu, and has allegedly directed the state lawmakers, all the local government and local council development areas to ensure Sanwo-Olu emerges the party’s governorship candidate for the 2019 general elections.

 

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