Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has not been a good party man, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu has said.
Tinubu noted this on Tuesday after he voted in the APC governorship primary at Ward C, Ikeja Local Government Area of the State.
He said although Ambode has done well in office, he withdrew his support for him to allow members of the party to choose who would represent them.
“Who did I support in 2014? Ambode. Life is dynamic,” the former Lagos governor said. “It’s those who made me the leader of the structure in Lagos who said it was what they want. It’s only if you have followers that you’re a leader in democracy.
“If I look back and I don’t find them again; if I don’t respond to them, if I fail to accede to their request, I would have failed the leadership test.
“This is not personal; it is beyond me as a person. Every democratic constitution is preceded by ‘We, the people’. So, I had to submit myself to the wishes and the yearnings of our party.”
He added that “This is an elixir for the general election. Ambode Akin, he’s doing well, yes; he hasn’t been a good party man; not only the glamour, not only about brick and mortal.
“A talent is determined by character. For you to become an influential person, you have to respond to the yearnings of the people. This is politics; democracy, one man, one vote.”