Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode may have perfected plans to defect from the All Progressive Congress, APC, to Accord Party to fulfill his 2019 governorship ambitions, if what sources familiar with the intrigues in Alausa are saying is anything to go by.
Recall that Ambode reportedly fell out with his godfather, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, before the APC governorship primary election which held on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, which led to the APC National Leader putting his weight behind Jide Sanwo-Olu who eventually emerged winner of the exercise.
Ambode had also lost the support of the APC grassroot structure in Lagos and the governor was abandoned by his deputy on voting day.
Ambode, who had been off the spotlight since the primary, has lost the support of lawmakers in the State House of Assembly—an indication that he can no longer see key legislation to fruition until the May 29, 2019 handover date, according to Pulse.
Speculations were also rife within the Lagos APC circles that Ambode will not be allowed to complete his term as governor as the State House of Assembly were planning to impeach him, rumours the Speaker of the House have since dismissed.
Reportedly frustrated over the lack of support from his own political party, the governor may have resolved to try his political luck with another political party where he would be free to make the decisions,
Sources claim Ambode has purchased the Accord governorship nomination form through a proxy.
According to one of the sources; “Ambode is set to contest the next governorship election in Lagos state as the candidate of the Accord Party. Someone purchased a governorship form for Ambode. The name there is a dummy which will be replaced by exploiting the provisions of the electoral law.
“A dummy name is in place under the Accord party and the necessary substitution will be made just before the final date”.
When reminded that it isn’t possible for Ambode to run for the office of Governor on another platform since the deadline for submission of names of candidates by political parties has since elapsed, the source replied that since the names of candidates nationwide haven’t been made public by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), it will be foolhardy to rule anything out.
“Just wait for the list of contestants across the parties to be made public by INEC. Right now, the information we have is that Ambode has purchased the Accord party governorship nomination form and that’s what we are sharing with you”, one source added.
Another source disclosed that Ambode has also purchased 40 House of Assembly nomination forms for aspirants from Lagos; as well as three senatorial forms.
“Recall that Lagos State House of Assembly has 40 lawmakers. The conclusion is that Ambode is planning to dump APC”, the source reportedly said.
A member of the Lagos State legislature who preferred to stay anonymous reportedly recalled that aggrieved APC members have been flirting with the Accord party in recent times.
“Ogun state Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun,recently threatened to decamp to Accord party and he has in fact told some of his followers to do that.
“Tokunbo Afikuyomi and Fuad Oki are now Ambode’s political advisers. They are back full time after they failed to deliver the APC ticket at the primaries to him.”
The lawmaker added that “Fuad Oki’s political pedigree is not suited for his new found assignment of being Ambode’s lackey. His sudden flip flops and opposition to the imagined impeachment move are attempts to justify the investment Ambode made in him.
“Fuad will soon find out that Lagos is discerning”, he added.