(By Chris K.Amadi)-The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Tuesday post poned for the third time the primaries to chose the party’s governorship flag bearer in Lagos State. Incidentally, the postponement, which appeared like an afterthought to save Governor Akinwumi Ambode, the sitting governor from imminent defeat, came after the exercise had commenced and concluded in some centres. Mr Jide Sanwo-Olu, the man who has been endorsed by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, members of the House of Representatives and preferred by the party in the state was already coasting to victory.
Although the APC National Working Committee panel in charge of the governorship primary election in Lagos state based their objection to the well publicized exercise on the mode of the election adopted, observers saw their intervention as an after thought and a measure to save the face of Governor Ambode, who has been deserted by the key stakeholders in his party in Lagos state including his deputy, Idiat Adebule, who also declared her support for Mr Jide Sanwo-Olu.
“The party has chosen a man and it is that man that I will support and follow, ”she was reported as saying.
On his own part, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, while conceding that Mr. Akinwumi Ambode had done well as governor of Lagos State argued that he was not a good party man, and that as a leader he had to respect the wishes of his followers who were against his re-election.
From all indications, it does appear that the National Working Committee of the APC might just be buying time to see if the governor can make up with his party members in Lagos state but the situation seems to have become irredeemable, especially because of the provocative statements made by Governor Ambode against Sanwo-Olu in a World Press Conference prior to the primaries. Ambode had alleged that his opponent was a psychiatric patient and a criminal.