Now That Ambode Has Accepted Defeat, What Next?
Nigeria News takes a look at the aftermath of the Lagos State APC governorship primaries, what next.
At 2:30 pm on Wednesday, Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode bowed to pressure as he accepted the outcome of the Tuesday governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress in the state.
He told Lagosians that he had taken the decision to enable peace reign in the state as he thanked his predecessor and former Lagos State Governor Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for giving him the opportunity to serve the state.
Ambode also congratulated Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu who emerged as the APC flagbearer at the primaries. He promised to ensure a smooth transition as he called on Lagosians to support the APC governorship candidate.
I think Ambode deserves some accolades for this singular action. But what if he had refused to accept the results of the primaries, he would not have been chosen anyway. He would have been a lone ranger in APC because the bigwigs in the party had since deserted him.
Possibly, he would have been impeached. A close source in the party said that Ambode did not voluntarily accept defeat but he did so because of what might happen to him in the next few weeks.
“And he has to be careful now that his deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule has publicly denied him.” The source said. It was gathered that no fewer than three commissioners had earlier signified their intention to resign from Ambode’s cabinet but were persuaded by Tinubu to stay.
With the hope that Ambode would change, Tinubu advised him to carry his aides along in the administration of the state but the governor never bend. He acted like an emperor.
Ambode should remember that there are scores of Adebules in his cabinet that have refused to speak out but serve as moles in his government.
The position does not change leaders, it reveals who they are. True be told, Ambode has learnt a bitter lesson of his life and he is expected to relate better than in the last three years with party stalwarts.
Tinubu and APC could not afford to lose Lagos, the way they lost Ekiti State to Governor Ayodele Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party, about four years ago.
The former Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi was warned then over his elitist programme but he refused to listen but lost woefully to Fayose.
Fayemi, like Ambode, was accused of alienating party members from his administration. He paid dearly for it. However, he is expected to act wisely now that he is back as the state Governor after serving as the Minister of solid minerals and mines.
As Tinubu put it, Ambode has done well as a governor but he is not a good party person. Perhaps, Ambode can still come back to rule Lagos. It is not impossible.
The opportunity has not slipped off completely if Ambode still has ambition. It may not be now but in the nearest future.