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The Winners, Losers In Battle For Lagos APC Governorship Ticket by dre11(m): 2:08pm On Oct 04, 2018
Posted by Oladeinde Olawoyin


On Wednesday, the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, accepted defeat in the governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

Speaking in Lagos, Mr Ambode congratulated Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the winner of the party’s governorship ticket and the favourite candidate of power brokers in the state chapter of the party.

The declaration put paid to speculations among analysts that the governor may defect from the APC in pursuit of his gubernatorial ambition.

“The interest of our beloved state must always supersede that of any person or group,” Mr Ambode said in the broadcast. “It is in this regard, that I wholeheartedly congratulate the winner of Lagos State APC primaries, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and urge all Lagosians to immediately support our party’s gubernatorial candidate in the 2019 elections and work for the success of our dear party.”

Mr Ambode’s concession speech Wednesday brought to an end several weeks of politicking among supporters and traducers of the two major aspirants. Mr Sanwo-Olu is now positioned to represent the party in next year’s governorship elections.

As the party awaits the candidates of opposition parties – especially the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) – ahead of the gubernatorial election, PREMIUM TIMES highlights the winners and losers in the Lagos APC governorship ticket debacle:


THE WINNERS


1. Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Easily the biggest winner in the many weeks of politicking and ‘uprising’ in the Lagos APC, Mr Sanwo-Olu, a little known cabinet member in previous governments in Lagos, emerged the party’s governorship candidate on Tuesday. A few months ago, very little was known about the former commissioner for establishments, training and pensions. Although not a green horn in politics, Mr Sanwo-Olu’s emergence was largely influenced by his endorsement by APC national leader, Bola Tinubu, and the Mandate Group. Lagosians are eager to know the stuff he is made of, especially in a state that has over the years fielded vibrant individuals as governors.


2. Bola Tinubu

Undoubtedly the most influential politician in the South West today. Mr Tinubu wields enormous power in Lagos, South-west and, indeed, Nigeria’s politics. Although he has largely shown his preference for Mr Sanwo-Olu by proxy, his last-minute public endorsement of the candidate went a long way in shattering Mr Ambode’s ambition. Since he vacated office after serving as governor between 1999 and 2007, Mr Tinubu has had enormous influence in decisions surrounding who becomes Lagos governor.


3. Mandate Group and Lagos APC

The Mandate group, led by James Odumbaku (popularly known as ‘Baba Eto’) played key roles in the fall of Mr Ambode. Members of the group, an influential bloc in the party, have long shown disdain to the governor. They mobilised party members and saw to the victory of their favourite candidate, Mr Sanwo-Olu.

Similarly, the Lagos APC had in defiance to the NWC panel declared Mr Sanwo-Olu winner of the primaries even amidst confusion on Tuesday. Tunde Balogun, the state APC chair, pronounced Mr Sanwo-Olu winner with 970,851 votes against Mr Ambode’s 70,901 votes.


4. 36 Lagos Assembly Members

Few days before the governorship primaries, 36 of the 40 members in the Lagos State House of Assembly endorsed Mr Sanwo-Olu. The members claimed they took the decision in conformity with the party directive. Many of the members will now be hoping the party rewards them by helping them return to the state assembly.


5. PSP Operators

Some days before the primaries, the Association of Waste Managers in Lagos endorsed Mr Sanwo-Olu. The endorsement was quite expected as the PSP operators had in the last two years been at loggerheads with Mr Ambode after the governor contracted a foreign company, Visionscape, to manage waste in the state. In their endorsement message, the PSP operators said Mr Sanwo-Olu promised to run a participatory government and would return their jobs to them.


6. Local Government Administrators

Similarly, as the political pendulum in the state swung ahead of the primaries, local government chairpersons in the state endorsed Mr Sanwo-Olu. The endorsement, analysts said, was largely borne out of political survival.


THE LOSERS

1. Akinwunmi Ambode

Incumbent governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s fall came as a rude shock to many Lagosians, especially those who are not privy to details of goings-on in the state chapter of the APC.

Although the governor, like his predecessors, enjoyed rave review in the media, he eventually lost out in the power play as many officials (including senators, House of Representatives members, state assembly members etc) who endorsed him for second term months ago dramatically retreated and abandoned him.

Mr Ambode, who had criticised the primaries held on Tuesday across the state, finally accepted the result Wednesday, while also pledging loyalty to the party. He becomes the first incumbent governor to lose re-election ticket of his party in the current dispensation ahead of the 2019 general elections.


2. Visionscape

Another remote loser in the Lagos APC debacle is the foreign firm contracted by Mr Ambode for the cleaning of Lagos waste, Visionscape. Although the government claimed the company had good track records of waste management, checks have shown that the company had no such record. This became evident when the company could not deliver on its tasks in its first months, leaving the state with heaps of refuse.

Visionscape’s presence and the cancellation of PSP waste management arrangement created a number of foes for the governor, largely among party faithfuls and other PSP operators. It is unclear what would become of the company’s operations in Lagos as the new power brokers are set to take over the leadership of the state in 2019.


3. Fouad Oki faction of APC

Fouad Oki, a factional leader of the APC, backed Mr Ambode in the primaries. He had earlier led other party faithfuls to create a breakaway faction in the party during its congress months ago. During the primaries, Mr Oki threatened to conduct a parallel exercise because political thugs prevented potential voters of the governor from voting.


4. Ambode’s commissioners, supporters and campaign organisation

Although a few officials of the government aligned with the party on Tuesday, many of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s officials and media handlers supported him till the end. On Wednesday, hours before the governor conceded defeat, a member of his campaign organisation had dismissed the Tuesday primaries as void.


Those In-between

Meanwhile, there are other parties caught in the middle of the conflict whose fate one cannot categorically place now. They include:


1. Idiat Adebule

On Tuesday, in the heat of the elections drama, Mr Ambode’s deputy, Idiat Adebule, abandoned the governor to support Babajide Sanwo-Olu in the two-horse race to pick the party ticket.

Mrs Adebule told journalists at Ward A and D in Iba Local Council Development Area of Lagos where she participated in the governorship primary of the APC, that she would endorse the candidate chosen by the party.

“The party has chosen a man and it is that man that I will support and follow,” she said. It is unclear what this spells for her political future.


2. Ambode’s grassroots ‘loyalists’ in Lagos APC, especially in Epe

Even when everyone seemed to have deserted the governor by noon on Tuesday, videos were still shared by party faithfuls who stood behind the governor across the state, especially in Epe, his hometown. Given Mr Sanwo-Olu pledge to form an ‘inclusive’ government, it is unclear what he would do with Mr Ambode’s foot soldiers in the party ahead of the general election next year and, possibly, afterwards.


3. ‘Ordinary’ non-partisan Lagosians

While many non-partisan Lagosians followed and enjoyed the intrigues while it lasted, how the results would shape their lives cannot be determined yet. The intrigues and keen attention it generated could be linked to, one, the influence of APC in the state and, two, the status of Lagos as the commercial nerve centre of the nation.

Even if their interest in intra-party affairs remains largely remote, the decision of the party has far-reaching effects on policies in the state and on residents.

In the meantime, it appears, while Lagosians look forward to the gubernatorial choices of other opposition parties in the state, the people await what the (post-2019) future holds for them with bated breath.



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Re: The Winners, Losers In Battle For Lagos APC Governorship Ticket by Islie: 4:04pm On Oct 04, 2018
I did expect the OP to include these people to as the winner..



BABATUNDE RAJI FASOLA : You may be wondering why his name is included in this list after all that has been said about the state of affairs between him and the king maker of Lagos State, the fact that there is no love lost between them.

But the truth is the man should be praised for the calmness and equanimity he displayed for solid eight years to manage the insufferable dictator that the kingmaker of Lagos has become. It’s the lack of tact, political savvy and maturity, especially in the face of frustration that led to his successor’s undoing.

There must be a self-satisfied smirk brightening up the face of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing. In retrospect, he is the chief winner.


VENERABLE FEMI TAIWO : Does the name ring a bell? He is a former chaplain of the Chapel of Christ the Light, Alausa, whose immediate sack and disgrace Ambode and his wife (Bolanle) oversaw.

Being a deeply religious country, many will believe it is the wrath of God being visited on the Lagos first family, a kind of comeuppance. The Venerable too may momentarily forget the “love your enemies and do good to those who hate you” injunction of the Bible and savour Ambode’s defeat.


http://saharareporters.com/2018/10/04/fashola-tinubu-venerable-taiwo…-winners-and-losers-lagos-apc-gov-primary

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Re: The Winners, Losers In Battle For Lagos APC Governorship Ticket by Wealthyonline(m): 4:13pm On Oct 04, 2018
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Re: The Winners, Losers In Battle For Lagos APC Governorship Ticket by tobtap: 4:13pm On Oct 04, 2018
tinubu will lose lagos one day....ALL NA TIME cool

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Re: The Winners, Losers In Battle For Lagos APC Governorship Ticket by Corrinthians(m): 4:14pm On Oct 04, 2018
Any list of losers without PDP isn't a good list.

They are losers in the sense that they expected the exercise would end in chaos, with the likelihood of Ambode defening to their fold. Alas, the gentleman humbly accepted defeat with sign he'd leave APC.

PDP can now go ahead and conduct their primary. Ambode is going nowhere.

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Re: The Winners, Losers In Battle For Lagos APC Governorship Ticket by miqos02(m): 4:17pm On Oct 04, 2018
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Re: The Winners, Losers In Battle For Lagos APC Governorship Ticket by Nobody: 4:17pm On Oct 04, 2018
Inconclusive analysis

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Re: The Winners, Losers In Battle For Lagos APC Governorship Ticket by whocares1(m): 4:17pm On Oct 04, 2018
Ambode didn't choose his battle wisely

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Re: The Winners, Losers In Battle For Lagos APC Governorship Ticket by Nobody: 4:18pm On Oct 04, 2018
tobtap:
tinubu will lose lagos one day....ALL NA TIME cool
Oneday is no day

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Re: The Winners, Losers In Battle For Lagos APC Governorship Ticket by Racoon(m): 4:18pm On Oct 04, 2018
Well whatsoever that goes around not only comes around but stays around.Life nah turn by turn.

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Re: The Winners, Losers In Battle For Lagos APC Governorship Ticket by INTEGRITYA1(m): 4:20pm On Oct 04, 2018
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Re: The Winners, Losers In Battle For Lagos APC Governorship Ticket by WawaIPODJew: 4:21pm On Oct 04, 2018
Op.
You did not name Rauf Aregbesola among the winners o.
And also our iPod Jew developers among the losers cheesy

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Re: The Winners, Losers In Battle For Lagos APC Governorship Ticket by lenghtinny(m): 4:21pm On Oct 04, 2018
Ambo don cum quickly grin
Fashola despite all odds lasted longer than this four minutes man cheesy

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Re: The Winners, Losers In Battle For Lagos APC Governorship Ticket by WawaIPODJew: 4:22pm On Oct 04, 2018
tobtap:
tinubu will lose lagos one day....ALL NA TIME cool
Tinubu be giving some flattinoo Jews serious headache cheesy

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Re: The Winners, Losers In Battle For Lagos APC Governorship Ticket by Bobby4090: 4:22pm On Oct 04, 2018
Tinubu who is the longest serving Governor (1999 - present day) is the clear winner.
With another 4 years about to be added to him.
Hmmmm!

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Re: The Winners, Losers In Battle For Lagos APC Governorship Ticket by ajiolaoluwa(m): 4:25pm On Oct 04, 2018
The Winner and the looser Oya let us go to Dubai to discuss.

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Re: The Winners, Losers In Battle For Lagos APC Governorship Ticket by tobdave(m): 4:27pm On Oct 04, 2018
Good for sanwo olu

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Re: The Winners, Losers In Battle For Lagos APC Governorship Ticket by AllahSWT: 4:28pm On Oct 04, 2018
Corrinthians:
Any list of losers without PDP isn't a good list.

They are losers in the sense that the exercise would end in chaos, with the likelihood of Ambode defening to their fold. Alas, the gentleman humbly accepted defeat with sign he'd leave APC.

PDP can now go ahead and conduct their primary. Ambode is going nowhere.

trash trash trash
stop talking Nonsense

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Re: The Winners, Losers In Battle For Lagos APC Governorship Ticket by ipobarecriminals: 4:29pm On Oct 04, 2018
sad sad grin lipsrsealed lipsrsealed undecided undecided undecided lipsrsealed lipsrsealed lipsrsealed undecided undecided sad embarassed sad embarassed sad feel for Ambo.I wash my hands from those who campaign against the filthiness gov.May God have mercy on me.*Cough*shud Sanwo ori Fai ... to Wi.. the state,Ambo go laff una.My hands nor dey undecided sad embarassed sad embarassed sad
Re: The Winners, Losers In Battle For Lagos APC Governorship Ticket by Royalfurnitures: 4:32pm On Oct 04, 2018
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Re: The Winners, Losers In Battle For Lagos APC Governorship Ticket by Princedapace(m): 4:40pm On Oct 04, 2018
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Re: The Winners, Losers In Battle For Lagos APC Governorship Ticket by tgmservice: 4:41pm On Oct 04, 2018
Sharap op

The ultimate losers are lagosians

Thats why i love the whites, when most of their politicians leave there sit, they go and have peace with their families.

Instead this useless tinibu should go and make peace with his God he is still doing nonsense, thats why i still respect Jonathan

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Re: The Winners, Losers In Battle For Lagos APC Governorship Ticket by Myself2(m): 4:42pm On Oct 04, 2018
Also you Mr Oladeinde, are you one of the winners or losers, wetin be your gain for this busy body long story wey you write so ??
Re: The Winners, Losers In Battle For Lagos APC Governorship Ticket by ollyray80: 4:45pm On Oct 04, 2018
Ambode must have learnt his lessons. No matter how wicked the finger that feeds you might be, you must n't turn back to bite such finger.
Re: The Winners, Losers In Battle For Lagos APC Governorship Ticket by Gratefulheart01(m): 4:45pm On Oct 04, 2018
WawaIPODJew:

Tinubu be giving some flattinoo Jews serious headache cheesy
Is this issue of flatino or issue of everyone living in lagos and Nigeria at large? I don't know how some people in Nigeria really think after spending so many years in school. Someone who greedily keeps stealing money that belongs to Nigerians now and in the future, yet you're here fighting the shadow instead of fighting the substance. With the level of greedy wicked leaders and set of gullible masses like you who don't know what's going on, who just see everything as afonja-flatino childish fight. I pity the future of Nigeria. Your leaders keep ruining the present and future, u keep on doing stupid childish online fight. I pity this kind of country.

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Re: The Winners, Losers In Battle For Lagos APC Governorship Ticket by WawaIPODJew: 4:48pm On Oct 04, 2018
Gratefulheart01:

Is this issue of flatino or issue of everyone living in lagos and Nigeria at large. I don't how some people really think after spending so many years in school. Someone who greedily keeps stealing money that belongs to Nigerians now and in the future, yet you're here fighting the shadow instead of fighting the substance. With the level of greedy wicked leaders and set of gullible masses like you who don't know what's going on, who just see everything as afonja-flatino childish fight. I pity the future of Nigeria. Your leaders keep ruining the present and future, u keep on doing stupid childish online fight. I pity this kind of country.

Where’s the fight you’re talking about?
Who’s fighting who?
Are you ok?
Clown!

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Re: The Winners, Losers In Battle For Lagos APC Governorship Ticket by temi1526: 4:49pm On Oct 04, 2018
Foolish party

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