By Akinwale Kasali
Following rumours that the All Progressives Congress, chieftain, leader and former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has decided not to support the second term ambition of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, to seek re-election come 2019, Ambode and Tinubu has played down the situation.
Political observers speculated that Tinubu was inline and has indicated interest to support Jide Sanwo-Olu, who is also vying to become the governor of the Center of Excellence, under the APC platform, at the expense of the incumbent governor, who also happens to be a member of the ruling party.
At an event today, governor Ambode was reportedly asked if he was ‘qualified’ to speak after the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu had addressed the audience.
According to trending tweets, Ambode, when invited to the podium to speak at the event which had many governors and traditional rulers in attendance said: “Actually, I didn’t prepare to come and say anything here… And who am I to speak after the Jagaban has spoken?”
This allegedly drew laughter from the audience. Ambode had been invited to speak immediately after the former governor of Lagos State.
The Lagos governor later tweeted a congratulatory message to the author of the book, Jim Ovia. He wrote: “Congratulations to Jim Ovia on the publication of his new book “Africa; Rise and Shine”. I am certain that the wealth of experience shared will serve as a compass for young entrepreneurs who dare to dream and redefine the African narrative.”
Ovia is the founder of Zenith Bank Plc.
The book was unveiled in Lagos.
On his twitter handle, Ambode tweeted, “Congratulations to Jim Ovia on the publication of his new book “Africa; Rise and Shine”. I am certain that the wealth of experience shared will serve as a compass for young entrepreneurs who dare to dream and redefine the African narrative”.