Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State, on Wednesday played down reports of rift with the National Leader of Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.
Addressing party faithful in Epe throughout the election of delegates for the presidential primary election and national convention of the party, Ambode said the reports indicating that a fight between him and Tinubu are out of place.
“I want you to know that there isn’t any fight anywhere. The National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and my good self, we are not in any struggle; we are not in any controversy,” he said.
“We are praying to God that the best is yet to come and the best will be what Lagos State deserves and I want you to just continue with your prayers that in this moment, God will show His hand and be sure that everything that is of boon to Lagos State and also blessing of Epe will come to pass. ”
According to a statement by Habib Haruna, his Chief Press Secretary, Ambode specifically commended all the leaders and party faithful who contributed to the success of the delegates’ election in Epe, saying APC remains the party to beat in Lagos and Nigeria.
“We have just concluded our eelegates’e election in Epe Local Government and by consensus, we have chosen our three delegates who will be going to the National Convention come October 6 to the presidential direct primaries and the convention for the rest of the people,” he was quoted as saying.
“I want to say a very big thank you to all our delegates that are present here; I want to say a big thank you to all our leaders who have also supported us to be sure that this event has arrived and is done very efficiently.
“I want to reiterate once again that our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), remains the party to conquer; we are the party at the national level and we are going to remain the party in the state. ”
In the event, held in the APC secretariat in Aiyetoro, Epe, Alhaji Shakiru Seriki (Bamu), Otunba Bode Alausa and Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, the Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, were chosen as national delegates from Epe division, which contains one Local Government Area (Epe) and two Local Council Development Areas (Eredo and Ikosi-Ejirin).