Lagos 2019: Ambode Returns To Govt House, Meets Monarchs; Oba of Lagos Absent

The embattled Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has changed his mind and relocated from his Epe base to the State House, Ikeja from where he and some aides coordinated a charm offensive to woo back support.

Among those, the governor interacted with yesterday were some traditional rulers who met with him in a closed-door meeting.

The monarchs, it was learned, had gathered at T-Block at Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja specifically to discuss issues that had enveloped the political atmosphere in the state.

Following that meeting, the monarchs proceeded to the State House.

As at press time last night there were yet conflicting indications as to whether the governor personally interfaced with them.

The Oba of Lagos Oba Rilwan Akiolu was not among those in the delegation of the monarchs.

Newsflash247 gathered that insinuations that the monarch was among those pleading for the governor might be far-fetched.

“Those saying so do not know the relationship between the Oba and Jide Sanwo-Olu who is his relation,” one source said.

Meanwhile, the support for Ambode also came the way of the governor from a group of youths, under the aegis of “Lagos Democracy Advancement Forces,” LADFORCE, which called on the leadership of the party to end the politics of ‘godfatherism” saying it is inimical to the unity and progress of the party, even as it urged Ambode to leave APC for another party, saying, “enough is enough.”.

Speaking at a media briefing, the convener, Mark Adebayo, claimed that no fewer than 50 political parties are waiting to endorse Ambode for next year’s poll immediately he defects from APC.

The group believed that leaving APC would liberate Lagos State from Tinubu’s “chessboard”, as they described the political leader as an individual that had pushed governance in the state around at his own will “ for self-centered pedestrianism.”

“It is being alleged that it is Tinubu who masterminded the sudden emergence of Sanwo-Olu as the anointed governorship candidate of the Lagos powers that be. It is being alleged that he is a mere decoy for the real power game that is unfolding.

On their plan to end Tinubu’s dominance in Lagos, Adebayo said: “The first stage of the revolution is to mobilise a minimum of 50 political parties in Lagos State to adopt Governor Ambode as their governorship candidate. A contact and liaison committee has been set up to actualise that project.

“Moreover, LADFORCE as an umbrella organisation for the five organisations that formed this coalition will effectively utilize its structures in all the Wards, LGAs and LCDAs of Lagos State as the effective machinery of mobilising Lagosians for the mother of all socio-political revolutions in Lagos State.

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