In the light of mounting opposition to his second term bid ticket, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s kinsmen and women have resolved to take the battle to God in prayers.
An indication to this effect came from Mr Adeyemi Ikuforiji, a former Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, as he urged Epe indigenes to pray that Ambode successfully clinches the All Progressives Congress’ ticket at the governorship direct primary scheduled for September 29.
Ikuforiji made the appeal at the grand finale of Kayokayo festival in Epe on Saturday night.
Epe is the hometown of Ambode.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state’s Governor’s Advisory Council, the highest decision making body of APC in Lagos, met on Saturday night where it resolved that the chapter must hold its primary to determine its governorship candidate.
The decision may have put paid to hopes that the party would clear the coast for Ambode’s bid by asking his challengers to step down for him.
Among his challengers are Mr Jide Sanwo-Olu, a former Commissioner for Training and Establishment, believed to have the backing of Bola Tinubu, APC National Leader, and Dr Obafemi Hamzat, also a former Commissioner in the state.
A source close to the 22-member GAC meeting held at Tinubu’s Ikoyi residence told NAN that the party insisted that Ambode must go through the primary with others.
“We met and deliberated extensively on the governor’s second term bid and our forthcoming primary.
“After the deliberations, we resolved that the party should hold the primary to pick its candidate because that is just the right thing to do.
“We are a democratic party that believes so much in internal democracy, so we think we should allow everyone to sell themselves to members who will eventually determine their choices, ” the source who attended the meeting said.