By Chidiebere Onyemaizu
There is tension in the camp of embattled governor of Lagos state, Akinwumi Ambode as his supporters anxiously wait for the outcome of his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. Both men began what observers described as make or mar closed door meeting at 2.45pm at the presidential villa, Abuja. Ambode’s second term bid hangs on the balance following his godfather, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s refusal to endorse him. In Ambode’s stead, Tinubu, who was himself a former governor of the state and now the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has endorsed Sanwo-Olu, a former Commissioner in the state.
Godfather and godson’s disagreement is said to have its locale on the latter’s alleged betrayal. However, party chiefs, including serving APC governors, National Assembly members among others have been interceding on Ambode’s behalf.
The outcome of the Governor’s ongoing meeting with Buhari, many believe, will eventually determine his fate. Credible sources told this Magazine that Tinubu has made up his mind on Ambode’s exit and has told the President so. “What is now being negotiated is what manner of soft landing the governor will be given”, The Source was told