A huge crowd of supporters has on Sunday embarked on peaceful match to reaffirm their resolute commitment to the second term bid of Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.
The people who came out in their hundreds insisted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) must ensure a level playing field for all aspirants in the governorship primaries rescheduled for Monday.
The supporters converged on the premises of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in Maryland and matched through Ikorodu Road to Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park in Ojota.
Speaking at the rally which was organised by Ambode Mandate Support Group (AMSG), Director General of the organization, Hon. Hakeem Sulaimon particularly declared no confidence in the State Executive of APC led by Tunde Balogun for openly exhibiting bias towards the Governor.
He said the chairman committed a faux pas when he participated at the briefing where another governorship aspirant was purportedly endorsed by party leaders.
Sulaimon particularly alerted APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole to the desperate moves to fraudulently deny Governor Ambode the ticket, saying the rigging machinery was being perfected, and that the source of the company which printed party membership cards for the election was questionable.
“By this gathering, we are sending a petition to the National Executive of our party (even though we are still going to make it formal with video evidence) that ordinarily the Governor ought to have run a second term without any hindrance but the party leaders came out to say they want to run a democracy and that the Governor should face primaries. They said if Ambode was popular, he should go and face party members.
“The Governor tried not to confront the leadership and begged severally. Mr President, Muhammadu Buhari sent in emissaries to our State including just yesterday the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo to come and tell the leaders that Governor Ambode is the poster boy of APC. Still, the leaders refused and now that the Governor has said he is ready for primaries, they are saying he should step down.
“A stakeholders’ meeting was called at the party secretariat yesterday and on realizing that about 85 per cent of those who were at Acme were supporters of the Governor, they could not come to Acme only to tell our supporters that the meeting has been postponed but at about 5pm, the leaders sneaked in like thieves in the night to come and tell our party members that they have adopted one Sanwo-Olu.
“We are by this medium saying to the National Chairman of our party that the State Chairman committed a faux pas; that by the constitution of our party, an umpire is not supposed to be biased and by the virtue of the fact that Balogun sat on the table and the microphone was passed to a member of the Governors Advisory Council (GAC) who reluctantly announced the decision, the State Chairman and other executive members have subscribed themselves to illegality and even though we have confidence in those who are coming from national to conduct election, but we have no confidence on the Balogun-led executive,” Sulaimon said.
He specifically asked Oshiomhole to adopt in Lagos the same position adopted by the party in Adamawa State where the hands of the State Executive members were taken away from the conduct of the primaries on the account of openly identifying with candidate, adding that by his action, Balogun had shown that he can never be fair.