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Lagos 2015: Stakeholders Resist Attempt to Impose Ambode

Any attempt by former Lagos State Governor and a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, to impose former Accountant-General of the state, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, as the next governor of the state would be resisted vehemently, a group, Visioners for New Lagos (VNL), has warned.
The group, which threatened that it would be fight to finish if Tinubu and his cronies insisted on imposing Ambode, noted that it had studied the body language of the APC leader and could tell where he was headed, especially since he was said to have confided in some of his confidants about the choice of Ambode.
 
Lagos, it insisted, does not belong to any individual and would settle the scores once and for all in 2015.
Coordinator of the group, which is sympathetic to the cause of the APC, Mr. Bambo Akin-Johnson, said in spite of the ideals of the APC as a mega party, Tinubu had refused to drop his unsavoury habit since the days of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), driven by self-centredness, political Darwinism and perceived ownership of the state.
 
He said: “There is no doubt about the fact that Tinubu has settled for Ambode as his governorship candidate in 2015. Why no one is opposed to the person of Ambode aspiring to the office of the governor, we take exception to his imposition. If anything, he must be a product of a credible process in the emerging new Lagos.
 
“The sentiment of playing the religion and zonal card as if the two factors have consciously been part of the Lagos political system will be counter-productive. In fact, Tinubu’s enemies cannot wait to see him fail since he has chosen to arrogate to himself, the power of life and death as if there was no Lagos before him.
 
“Only recently, Tinubu and a monarch were allegedly at a function in the state where they both openly boasted that they owned Lagos and would do with it whatever pleased them.
 
“Therefore, the idea of zoning is well understood. Taking it to the East is a clever way of eliminating some of the strong candidates perceived as standing in the ways of their ploy, by which time the other contestants would be shoved aside for the preferred Ambode without recourse to what other stakeholders, particularly party members think.”
 
According to him, “While we would not dismiss anyone who is qualified to vie for the office of the governor the state, we have a right to ask questions about the person leading us to the 
 

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