The Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as ‘faceless and lacking merit’ the Akinwumi Ambode Campaign Group.
Recall that the Akinwunmi Ambode Campaign Organisation had vowed that the former Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode would defeat the current Governor of the State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu in the 2023 gubernatorial election Former Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources in the State, Wale Oluwo in a statement noted that plans have been put in place to return Ambode as the Governor of the state. The push for Ambode to return as the Governor of Lagos State is coming a week after the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) reportedly endorsed Sanwo-Olu for reelection. Oluwo condemned GAC for endorsing Sanwo-Olu for a second term, adding that it is not the reflection of members of the All Progressives Congress in the state. In a statement to Naija News on Sunday by its, Acting Publicity Secretary, Hon. Yesiro Karamo, the Lagis APC said activities of the group has been banned because of their divisive tendencies. The party noted that despite the endorsement of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu by the Governing Council of the party, other interested candidate will still be allowed to contest for the APC Primary election. He stated that comments made by the Ambode Campaign Group is distasteful and unacceptable. The statement reads: “Our attention has been been drawn to the distractive interview by a faceless group which calls itself Akinwunmi Ambode Campaign Group led by one Olawale Oluwo. “For starters, the promoters of the group , if they are truly members of Lagos State All Progressives Congress, ought to know that the activities of clandestine groups have been banned because of their divisive tendencies. “It is also interesting that it has taken three years after the ouster of the Ambode administration in the state for such a group to spring up and claim relevance. “However, they could be pardoned because it is in the spirit of the season. “It is worthy to recall that the Lagos state APC had earlier made it clear that the endorsement of the Governance Advisory Council (GAC ) for another term in office did not foreclose the ambition of any other member. “As a Democratic Party, we remain committed to provide a level playing for all aspirants for various offices and ensure internal democracy. “It is distasteful and unacceptable for a group purportedly committed to our party to take on the role of the opposition within. “While we want to welcome back our members who hitherto left our party to the progressive family, we need to caution them not to unnecessarily heat up the polity with unguided utterances. In their absence, the party successfully conducted congresses at the ward, local, state and national levels to fill party offices. “The process of reconciliation is also especially in Lagos State making steady progress. “Therefore, our returning members will be expected to conduct themselves in a manner acceptable under our party’s constitution, rules and guidelines. “As a party, we remain proud of the landmark achievements of Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-olu.”
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