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Why Ambode Shunned Sanwo-Olu’s Inauguration       

Read why former Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, was absent from Sanwo-Olu’s inauguration.

Funsho Akinwale

The immediate past governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, is on his way back home from a short holiday abroad.

Ambode, after the hand-over to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the new governor of the state, on the eve of May 29, 2019, left the country to take a well deserved rest.

The former governor, who was denied his second term as a result of his fall out with his godfather and benefactor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, quickly initiated the short holiday to avoid attending the inauguration of his successor, Sanwo-Olu.

In a bid to show concern about his action and that he had no grouse with his party men, he released a statement through his media aide, Haruna, claiming that his absence was necessitated by the fact that he did not want to share glory with Sanwo-Olu.

Ambode, who is believed to have joined the rank of major opposition to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the estranged mentor that helped him became Lagos Governor, reportedly slipped out of the country under the cover of the celebrations.

Further checks confirmed that his impromptu trip may also not be unconnected with fears of his fate now that the immunity he enjoyed as a governor is gone.