Lagos 2023: Fresh Twist As Ex-Gov Ambode’s Ally Submits APC Governorship Form - Global Report



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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Lagos 2023: Fresh Twist As Ex-Gov Ambode’s Ally Submits APC Governorship Form


Following the extension of the sales of nomination and expression of interest forms by the All Progressives Congress (APC) for aspirants vying for posts in the 2023 elections, Wale Oluwo, an associate of a former governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, has purchased and submitted his N50m governorship form to the APC.

He submitted his forms to the party on Wednesday at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

As at May 10, 2022, the deadline set by the APC for the sales of nomination and expression of forms, only Governor Sanwo-Olu had purchased the forms.

Oluwo, who is the chairman of the Akinwunmi Ambode Campaign Organisation, was the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources during Ambode’s tenure as governor.

The APC aspirant vowed to defeat the incumbent governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the APC governorship primary election later this month.

So far, only two aspirants have submitted the party’s governorship forms in Lagos — Sanwo-Olu and Oluwo.

The Governor’s Advisory Council, the highest decision-making organ of the party headed by APC chieftain, Bola Tinubu, had mid-April endorsed Sanwo-Olu for second term in 2023.

had in 2018 kicked against the second term bid of Ambode, which led to the emergence of Sanwo-Olu as the APC candidate in the 2019 governorship election in the state.

Ambode’s predecessors were in office for two consecutive terms.

They include Tinubu, who was governor between 1999 and 2007; as well as current Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who was governor from 2007 to 2015.

Since he left office in 2019, Ambode has been extremely politically reserved. He also has not been seen at functions with any of his predecessors or his successor.

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