Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos State Governor, has reportedly flown to Abuja to plead with Bola Tinubu, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to forgive him and back him for a second term.
The meeting was said to have doused tension between the governor and the party leader. A source reportedly confirmed the meeting to Sunday Punch.
“Yes, it was part of the efforts we are making from this end to save the party from crisis in the state and the nation. The governor came to beg Tinubu in his residence in Abuja to forgive him. I think the appeal helped to reduce the tension and soften the ground for the governor. It is, however, difficult to say if that had ended the crisis.
“Some governors have also called the national leader, pleading with him to save their ‘poster boy’ the humiliation of not getting a second term. Their fears are that such development in Lagos, which is the economic nerve centre of the country, could have negative effect on the fortunes of the party in other states,” the source said.
Reports had said that APC leaders, led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, who were said to be acting on the directives of President Muhammadu Buhari, met with Tinubu on Friday to prevail on him to “forgive” Ambode his alleged infractions and back the governor to secure a second term.
However, a source close to the national secretariat of the party, told Sunday Punch that the effort of the leaders could not be said to have resolved the situation as Tinubu did not give Osinbajo and Oshiomhole any specific promise of supporting Ambode for a second term.