There are indications that the cold war between the former governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the incumbent governor Akinwunmi Ambode has deepened, as a new choice for the former, for the number one seat of Lagos has emerged.
The emergence of the new choice came few hours after Ambode picked his nomination form and declared his intention to re-contest the governorship position for a second term.
Competent political sources said over 50 council chairmen loyal to Bola Tinubu met and pledged their support for a new aspirant identified as Jide Sanwonolu, who is believed to be Tinubu’s preferred choice.
It was also learnt that most members of the Lagos state house of assembly are also loyal to Tinubu and in a recent interaction they affirmed the choice of Sanwonolu.
“Meeting is over. Ambode is out. Jide Sanyaolu Sanwonolu is the new governor of Lagos. All 57 local government chairman have signed his form. It’s over,” the source said.
Sanwonolu and Obafemi Hamzat, two prominent members of the APC in Lagos, also picked the nomination forms for the governorship election of 2019.
Sanwonolu, who served as a commissioner under Babatunde Fashola, Ambode’s predecessor, is currently the managing director of Lagos State Property Development Corporation (LSPDC).
He is being backed by Mandate Movement, a group fiercely loyal to Tinubu.
At a meeting held after Sanwonolu picked up his nomination form, James Odunmbaku, an ally of Tinubu known as “Baba Eto” in the political circle, said “Sanwololu is the incoming governor of Lagos.”
Reacting the APC spokesman in Lagos Joe Igbokwe dismissed the aspiration of Sanwonolu saying that, “Ambode is the man. Take it.”