Lagos State governor Akinwunmi Ambode has been dumped by his deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule, who voted for the governor’s opponent, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the state governorship primary this Tuesday.
The deputy governor had told newsmen at Ward A and D in Iba Local Council Development Area of Lagos, where she cast her vote, that her vote and support was for the aspirant chosen by the party leadership.
She said, “We have voted to the dictates of the party. Our people have voted for the party. Anybody that wins my people will remain with the party.”
She had earlier said, “The party has chosen a man and it is that man that I will support and follow.”
Reports from many other parts of the state suggest that even the governor’s commissioners deserted him and pitched their support for Sanwo-Olu, the anointed candidate of the party’s national leader, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
In Ejigbo Ward F5 allegedly led by Lagos State Commissioner of Information, Kehinde Bamgbetan, Ambode was said to have got zero vote while Sanwo-Olu garnered 14,490 votes.
If reports from different areas of Lagos State are anything to go by, embattled Ambode may be the only Nigerian governor in recent history to lose a primary election as an incumbent.
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