Lagos– The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday said it was happy with the development in the Lagos State chapter of the party as recent events had shown that real democracy was taking place in the state.
Speaking with Daily Independent, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, also denied the existence of any rift between Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and his political benefactor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
On the entry of Babajide Sanwo-Olu, believed to have Tinubu’s backing, into the race, Nabena said there was nothing wrong in that as everybody was allowed to test his popularity in a democratic system of government.
“I don’t think there is any crisis between the governor and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. In fact, it is real democracy that is taking place in Lagos.
“As far as I am concerned, how is anybody buying nomination form a crisis? We are operating a democratic system in APC.
“We are not going to operate the way PDP is operating. Anybody can buy nomination form and go and test their power at the polls. So, I don’t think there is any crisis between Ambode and Tinubu.”
In a curious twist, a rally to herald the campaign of Babajide Sanwo-Olu, a governorship aspirant of the APC in Lagos State, was called off on Thursday.
A chieftain of the party told Daily Independent that they received an order ‘from our leader’ that the rally scheduled to hold at the Blue Roof in the premises of Lagos Television (LTV) should be cancelled.
He said the decision may be the fallout of the meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on the political crisis in Lagos State.
Sources said, with the developments, the coast appeared clearer for Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to seek re-election.
However, speaking with our correspondent, another source said the storm was far from being over as Tinubu did not meet with President Buhari as reported in the media.
He said: “I don’t think the storm is over. Asiwaju Tinubu was not with President Buhari on Wednesday as reported, because his plane couldn’t land in Abuja. As at now, his boys who are working for Sanwo-Olu’s emergence are still pressing on with the operations.”
When Daily Independent contacted Alhaji Tunde Balogun, the state chairman of the party, to enquire whether Sanwo-Olu had withdrawn from the race, he said he was not aware of the development.
As it turned out, Governor Ambode received some monarchs who paid him a solidarity visit at the Government House on Thursday. They later went into a closed-door meeting which lasted for few hours.
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