The prime movers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State yesterday endorsed Mr. Jide Sanwo-Olu for the party’s governorship primary which has now been rescheduled for tomorrow across the state.
They also resolved to mobilise party members to vote for him during the direct primary across 377 wards in the 20 local government areas in the state.
The endorsement by the Gubernatorial Advisory Council (GAC) came on the heels of the withdrawal of Dr. Obafemi Hamzat from the primary for Sanwo-Olu and a similar expression of support for the leading aspirant by 36 members of the State House of Assembly.
The battle for the party ticket will now be a straight fight between Sanwo-Olu and Governor Akinwunmi Ambode who vowed to press ahead with his aspiration for a second term, yesterday.
The Ambode Mandate Support Group (AMSG) said the governor is capable of winning the primary on his merit.
The Gubernatorial Advisory Council (GAC) which is the highest decision making organ in Lagos APC took the decision to endorse Sanwo-Olu at the party secretariat on Acme Road, Ogba, Ikeja, yesterday.
Tension rose as Ambode’s supporters stormed the venue of the meeting, chanting anti-party slogans, to the consternation of party elders and leaders, including Deputy Governor Idiat Adebule, the party chairman, Tunde Balogun, the secretary, Dr. Wale Ahmed, the Assistant Publicity Secretary, Abiodun Salami, Senator Tony Adefuye, Prof. Tunde Samuel, Chief Alabi Macfoy, Prince Murphy Adetoro, Prince Sunny Ajose, Dr. Abayomi Finnih, Senator Olamilekan Adeola, Comrade Kayode Opeifa, Chief Raheem Daramola, and Cardinal James Odunmbaku.
Although party members had waited anxiously for Asiwaju Tinubu, who was expected to address the crowd on the preparations for the shadow election, they later dispersed after Senator Adefuye spoke on the collective resolutions of the stakeholders on the primary.
The announcement sparked wild jubilation by Sanwo-Olu’s supporters who gathered at the venue of the meeting.
Neither Sanwo-olu nor Ambode was present at the meeting.
But before the arrival of the GAC members, supporters of both aspirants had engaged in a show of strength, singing, dancing and praising of their men.
The Assistant Publicity Secretary, Abiodun Salami had to appeal severally to them to desist from abusive songs as all of them are members of the same family.