by Joshua Timi
An independent group, Coalition for Good Governance in Lagos on Wednesday staged rallies in Ikeja to support Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode’s re-election, citing his sterling performances.
The rallies are coming against the backdrop of speculations that Ambode has fallen out of favour with his political godfather, Sen. Bola Tinubu.
Tinubu is said to be currently rooting for a former commissioner in the state, Mr Jide Sanwo-Olu, who has already declared his intention to contest the governorship on the platform of the APC party, where Ambode also belongs.
Analysts view the development as a trying political season for Ambode, who has since announced his desire to seek re-election.
Tinubu, a former Lagos Governor and Senator, has dominated the politics of Lagos State, Nigeria’s economic capital for many years.
Members of the coalition, who chanted different solidarity songs in support of Ambode’s ambition to rule the state for another four years, hoisted placards with various inscriptions to drive home their demands.
Some of the placards read: ” Ambode is working , Lagos is moving'”, “Asiwaju, Pardon your son”, “Ambode Lekan Ski and “APC Leaders, Reelect Ambode”, and “Support Ambode for second term” among others.
Others are : “Let the good work continue”, Asiwaju, the Pathfinder, pls free Ambode to continue”, Lagosians, Pls let the good projects continues,
One of the leaders of the group, Mr Ayo Mojoyin, urged the party leaders to forgive any shortcoming of Ambode and consider his love and passion to deliver dividends of democracy to the masses.
Mojoyin said: “Everyone within and outside the state can attest to the fact that Ambode has tried in the last three and half years. He has delivered so many bridges, road infrastructures, employment opportunities among others.
” The feat of the state governor in security through the Neighborhood Safety Corps establishment is also a plus for him. We are pleading Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to allow Ambode to continue.”
He said that so many ongoing projects that scattered across the state should be allowed to be concluded.
Another leader of the group, Mr Sola Hassan said that his support of the rally was due to his realisation that Ambode had a good plan for the state, especially the youths and the unemployed.
“I decided to come out for this rally because Ambode’s good works are speaking for him. Ambode has also done well in embedded power supply besides massive road infrastructure, he should continue,” Hassan said.
Mrs Olabisi Oladapo, a petty trader also comments the good job of the governor citing the good atmosphere and scenery that have giving the older ones like her to enjoy ” look at Oshodi Bus interface construction , also beautiful bus stops across the state , why will bola Ahmed Tinubu want to stop this continuity in the state ,its unfair , no matter what happen he should forgive him and also urge all the leaders to do the same “.
Another speaker, Mr Babatunde Jaji pleaded with Tinubu and party leaders to allow Ambode continue his good work because of the masses.
“We can see good things Ambode is doing, let look at Neighborhood watch, bus stops, roads and bridges. He hasn’t finished, it is better to allow him continue,” Jaji said.
Meantime report get to us that the Governor Advisory Committee (GAC) meet at the national leader Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s residence in Bordillion to deliberate on the issue , Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was present at the meeting which was postponed before leaving for Abuja. Some of pro -Ambode group were seen at the gate chanting and pleading for total rethink of tinubu on Ambode.