Lawmakers representing Lagos state in the House of Representatives on Sunday declared their support for Babajide Sanwo-Olu ahead of the APC governorship primary in the state.
Sanwo-Olu is being heavily backed by the ruling party’s hierarchy in Lagos to succeed the incumbent Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, who has since fallen out of favour with the party’s National Leader and political godfather Bola Tinubu.
And with the lawmakers’ endorsement of Sanwo-Olu, who is Managing Director, Lagos State Development and Property Corporation, Ambode’s chances of winning the party’s ticket in Monday’s primary hangs by a thread as he appears supportless within the party’s structure.
Concise News had reported that the Governorship Advisory Council (GAC), which is the highest decision making organ in Lagos APC, had endorsed Sanwo-Olu.
It followed the stepping down of a third aspirant, Olufemi Hamzat, from the race.
It was learned that 16 members of the House of Representatives from Lagos, led by the House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, were in attendance at a briefing called to endorse the aspirant.
Gbajabiamila urged party members to vote for Sanwo-Olu in the primary election.
“Sanwo-olu has rich pedigree, intimidating credentials. We have sat down and decided on Sanwo-Olu,” he said.
‘We have given him our support for tomorrow because he has the best potential to take Lagos to higher levels.
“Members of the house look at things dispassionately, deliberate and take decisions.
“We endorsed Ambode in the past when he was the sole aspirant and was performing well. But politics is dynamic.
“Today, we believe in Sanwo-Olu and we encourage our members to vote for him.”
But Ambode is not giving up. He believes he remains the best candidate for the ruling party.
Speaking at a world press conference earlier on Sunday, the Lagos state number one citizen, who appeared agitated by his party’s refusal to back him for a second term, stressed that the APC may lose the state if he does not emerge as the party’s candidate.