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Ambode and Tinubu
Ambode and Tinubu

Ministerial Appointment: Tinubu’s Men Gang Up Against Ambode     

Ambode, Tinubu’s men in showdown over ministerial appointment.     

Funsho Akinwale

There are strong indications that some party members loyal to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of the party, are making underground moves to work against Ambode from getting a ministerial appointment.

Plans are in top gear by the party chiefs to petition the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over Ambode’s alleged financial misappropriation and corruption.

The former Lagos governor, who recently returned from his trip to France, is penciled down for Buhari’s cabinet but top Lagos APC members do not want his representation following misconduct in four years in office.

One of the sources said, “Ambode tried to destroy the party in his first term. Apart from not being accessible, he revoked contracts belonging to party members and brought in his own companies. He tried to destroy our chances by trying to undermine Sanwo-Olu at every turn.

“He did not campaign for us. Rather, he was following Buhari all over the place. He should not expect to represent Lagos in any capacity. We will not allow him have any appointment.”

Another source alleged that Ambode was not an indigene of Lagos State.

The source said, “Ambode is from Ondo State and he cannot deny it. Yes, he was governor in Lagos State but the constitution allows that. However, the constitution states clearly that only an indigene of a state can represent that state as far as ministerial appointments are concerned.

“We will ensure that the three senators from Lagos State block his nomination in the event that he is nominated by the President. There must be party discipline.”

The source said a probe of Ambode’s administration would soon commence where the cases of alleged fraud and abuse of office would be exposed.

A source close to Ambode, however, said the former governor was prepared for the battle ahead.

He said Ambode’s gentle mien should not be mistaken for weakness.

The former aide said, “Ambode is already prepared for the worst since they have already humiliated him. Buhari even appealed to them to let Ambode return as governor but they refused. They then tried to impeach him but they failed.

“They should remember that Ambode was a permanent secretary and accountant-general of the state before becoming a governor.

“He knows the secrets of all those making threats. Anybody who is on a mission of revenge could be digging his own grave in the process. I won’t say more than that.”