|APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, and former governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode|
Dele Alake, the Director of Media and Communications of the Campaign Council of Bola Tinubu has said the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate did not deny former Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, a second term.
Alake said Ambode lost his second term because the incumbent Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, defeated him during the 2018 APC primaries.
Speaking on Sunday in Lagos, Alake said it was a misconception that Tinubu refused Ambode a second term.
He stressed that the people of Lagos State voted against Ambode during the primaries and not Tinubu.
According to Alake: “In a political competition, there must be supporters here and there. Yes, Fashola’s successor (Ambode) came into office; Asiwaju supported him as he 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 Lagos State’s people to give, 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 an election.
“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.”
Ambode is the only governor who failed to secure a second term since the return of democracy in 1999.
The former governor was believed to have lost Tinubu’s support after a fallout with the APC presidential candidate.
Meanwhile, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, had allegedly accused the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu of being a chronic liar, saying that he left a rotten Lagos for him to repair. He said all that people see booming in Lagos today was his handwork.
In a viral leaked statement credited to the former Lagos State Governor, Ambode challenged Tinubu to come out on National TV and tell Nigerians about Projects initiated and completed by him during his time as Governor of Lagos State.
He also alleged that Tinubu plotted his removal as Governor because he refused to pay him N50bn and $5m monthly as requested.
He said, “I was removed as a governor because this same Tinubu wanted me to be paying him N50b in Naira and 5$m each month from Lagos revenue, I asked him where will I get the money from, I told him I have Lagos to fix and not his family to feed, he told me I will hear from him in the next election, that was how my removal started.
“I closed down many Tinubu “Toll Gate” so that Lagosians can be free from paying too much Toll gate fee because everywhere was full of Tinubu Toll Gates. Coming in, you pay, going out you pay, it was much. I was fighting for Lagos people on a low key while trying not to let the public know what was going on.
He called on Nigerians to make their choices wisely in the upcoming general elections in 2023.
“For the record, Tinubu never started a single project in Lagos, not even half, if he said am lying, let him call me out on National TV and I will answer with my full self, I wanted to keep mute with all his lying going on, but I think Nigerians needs to hear the truth and vote wisely this time.
“Dear Nigerians, Oshodi of Lagos was built by me, completed by me, and commissioned by me. They have nothing to lie about rather than my projects. APC government that failed Lagos state will also fail Nigerians if voted in again
Source: National Pivot