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Lagos Guber: Anti Igbo Onslaught Backfires, Lagos APC Convenes An Emergency Meeting

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THE National Leader of the All Progressives Congress APC Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a man in a political fix presently as a result of the performance of the Lagos State chapter of the party in the first phase of the general elections. 
It will be recalled that during the presidential direct primary of the party, conducted by the Tunde Balogun led faction in Lagos State, President Muhammadu Buhari polled 1,869,345 votes casted by members. It was an irony that in last Saturday’s election that entailed votes from party members and none party members, President Buhari polled 580,342 in a state with the highest number of registered voters (6,500,000) in Nigeria.
Tinubu according presidency sources has proven to be a political liability and rabble rouser, who deceived the presidency with his boast of 3,048,756 APC membership stength in Lagos. 
As the co-chairman of the APC Presidential Campaign Committee; under his watch, his selected allies in Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi and Olusola Oke in Ondo State failed to deliver, but his antagonists whom he refused to work with Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State and Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State delivered. 
Presidency hawks are miffed that Tinubu as the National Leader and with all the privileges granted him could only poll 9 percent of the registered voters in Lagos for the party. 
An exasperated Tinubu had threatened to pull his support from President Buhari after the fiasco that characterised the presidential campaign in Ogun State, where the President played a fatherly role in directing voters to vote the gubernatorial candidate of their choice. Tinubu threw the party flag away and stormed out of the venue. Ogun State APC was thrown into wrath over the emergence of Tinubu backed gubernatorial candidate Prince Dapo Abiodun as against who the established order in the state preferred Hon Akin Akinlade.  
Hither too arrogant Tinubu was cowed after the result of Lagos State came in with Peoples Democratic Party PDP candidate Atiku Abubakar polled 450,000 votes. It indicated that the gubernatorial election is a straight fight between APC and PDP in Lagos State. In fact APC thugs had to engage in ballot box snatching, ballot paper burning, voters intimidation in areas known as the stronghold of the opposition in the state, this has led to a situation where reruns must hold in these areas. 
Tinubu lost his ward to PDP, APC polled 1641 while PDP polled 1646. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo lost his polling unit and ward, the gubernatorial candidate of the party in Lagos Babajide Olushola Sanwoolu lost his polling unit and ward, the minister of power, works and housing Babatunde Raji Fashola also lost his polling unit and ward to the PDP, they all voted in Lagos.
This development rubished political credibility of these individuals. Governor Akinwunmi Ambode whom Tinubu insisted will not go for second term, even with the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari, he stuck to his gun, was the only one who delivered in Lagos using his pan Lagos State network and resources. 
In the build up to the gubernatorial and state house of assembly elections this Saturday: sensing the absence of federal backing, panicky Tinubu prevailed on Vice President Osinbajo to summon an emergency critical stakeholders meeting yesterday. 
The Fouad Oki led faction was represented by their leads Babatunde Raji Fashola and Muiz Banire, while Governor Ambode, Babajide Sanwoolu represented the Tunde Balogun led faction of the party in the state. Babatunde Ipaye Deputy Chief of Staff in the Presidency was also in attendance. The details of the meeting remained shrouded in secrecy. 
Political pundits took strong excemptions to the failed attempt to demonize Governor Ambode by The Nation newspaper owned by Wale Edun a former Commissioner of Finance in Lagos State and a close ally of Tinubu. The verdict of everyone is that, if not for Ambode Lagos would have fallen to the PDP in the last presidential election, as Tinubu led Mandate Group divide in Lagos APC contemplated withdrawal of support over Buhari’s pronouncement in Abeokuta. 
Tinubu is also in the eye of storm over the “Free Lagos Movement” led by his former close buddy Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi. The Orange Movement is questioning the dominance of Tinubu in the socio political economy of the state. State authorities had to send a detachment of police officers and men to disperse a press conference organised by the movement scheduled last Thursday at Ikeja the state capital.

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