The Akinwumi Ambode Campaign Group has been labeled as “faceless and lacking quality” by the Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC).
Recall that the Akinwunmi Ambode Campaign Organization promised that Akinwunmi Ambode, the former Governor of Lagos State, will defeat Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the current Governor of the State, in the 2023 gubernatorial election.
Wale Oluwo, the state’s former Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, said in a statement that arrangements had been put in place to reinstall Ambode as governor.
The campaign to re-elect Ambode as Governor of Lagos State comes only one week after the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) purportedly backed Sanwo-Olu for re-election.
The Lagis APC’s Acting Publicity Secretary, Hon. Yesiro Karamo, told Anaedoonline.ng on Sunday that the group’s activities had been suspended due to its divisive tendencies.
Despite the party’s Governing Council’s endorsement of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, other interested candidates will be permitted to run in the APC Primary election, according to the party.
He described the Ambode Campaign Group’s remarks as “disgusting” and “inappropriate.”
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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