Over the week, there have been report of disagreement between the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu and the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwumi Ambode on contesting for the second term in office.
Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the party, while reacting to the issue stated that the embattled Governor of Lagos State, was free to contest for the party’s governorship ticket in the state.
There had been reports that Tinubu had anointed a governorship aspirant, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, as the next governor of the state and had ordered Ambode to hand over to him.
Asipa Kaoli Olusanya, the Vice Chairman of the APC in Lagos East Senatorial District, also reportedly stated that Tinubu instructed the 57 Local Council Chairmen in the state to work towards the emergence of Sanwonolu as the next governor of the state.
The National Chairman of APC however, dismissed the claims of disagreement between Ambode and APC leader.
Oshiomhole while speaking during a meeting with the party’s governors, insisted that the Lagos State chapter of the party was in sound health, irrespective of the discontents against the governor.
According to Oshiomhole, “Now, the attempt to say an embattled governor…there is no APC governor that is embattled and because we are democratic, the best way to measure democracy is the presence of more than one person showing interest in an office.
“That does not make any other person embattled. But, of course, the media can create this impression that there is an earthquake in Lagos; there is no earthquake.
“At every level, I have seen people claiming that in one or two offices there was no opposition. In every other office, we have more than one candidate expressing interest. Those people who are currently occupying those positions are not by reasons of those new expressions of interests, embattled.
“Three, to say that you have never seen Lagos state governor in our meetings is to the extent that your lens is blurred. My records and minutes of our meetings will show the participation of the Lagos state governor in all the meetings in which he has been invited.
“I think our party in Lagos is at peace.”