It was a very short session at the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) meeting held over the weekend in Lagos.
The Council which was supposed to deliberate on the current impasse in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over the decision of two aspirants to contest the gubernatorial primary with incumbent governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, briefly held but not after members had ejected Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly from the meeting.
A reliable source privy to discussions at the meeting disclosed that members had accused the Epe born politician of surreptitiously working with Governor Ambode to undermine the party. The source who craved anonymity said, “Ikuforiji was accused of secretly purchasing the gubernatorial nomination form of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) for Governor Ambode”. The source further said this was just one of the alternative steps being taken by the camp of the embattled governor in the event that he failed to receive the endorsement of the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Meanwhile, the council rising from the meeting on Saturday insisted that Governor Ambode and indeed all other aspirants in the party must go through the primaries.
The Lagos state governor is facing an uphill task of securing a second term ticket owing to the decision of two former commissioners in the state – Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu and Obafemi Hamzat to jostle for the ticket with the government.
The APC governorship primary election is scheduled to hold on September 29th across the country.