The national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu, says he considers reports of a rancour between him and the incumbent governor of Lagos state, Akinwunmi Ambode as “an insult”.
Speaking at his ward in Alausa during the APC governorship primary on Tuesday, the former governor denied the report.
The APC chieftain said the governor had worked under him as a civil servant and was given the opportunity to govern Lagos after that.
His words: “Rancor between us? I will regard that as an insult. I brought Ambode to the people. He was a civil servant under me,” he said.
“He performed very well as a civil servant and when he showed interest in politics after the leadership, we gave him the opportunity. I introduced him to the party. The party accepted him, he became the governor.
“Now if the party now say they want either a change or they want to reaffirm the governorship through open exercise, and they elect him today, so be it.
“You will remain relevant as a leader if you submit yourself once in a while to what your people want.”
Describing the exercise as a celebration of democracy, Tinubu, who has thrown his weight behind Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said the massive turnout of APC members across the state is not his making.
The APC national leader said members of the party had come out en masse to choose their preferred candidate.
His words: “It is a democracy day for us. Elections are supposed to be a celebration of democracy and we have tried to show the world and the Nigerians that we are democrats because democracy is present in us,” he said.
“What an open election means is elimination of corruption in any delegate system, transparency in the true sense of it so that the party faithful as you have seen them here- you can’t buy all these people, you cannot.
“This is the committed commitment to party supremacy. It is even beyond me as a leader. Whatever is happening today, I have to submit myself to the party wishes.
“This is what they want; they want the opponent. They want to participate… it’s a very difficult process but you’ve seen the people. And we the people is the preamble of every constitution, democratic constitution. And If that is so, people have been given their wish,” Tinubu added.