The 2023 general elections are near and the question on the lips of Nigerians is where is the former Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode. Brand Spur Nigeria reports that Ambode has been under the radar for over two years after his one term as the governor of Lagos State, no thanks to the powers that be.
It is not news that Ambode failed to secure a second term ticket under the All Progressives Congress (APC) and after his ill-advised press conference where he rubbished the current governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was an aspirant with party backings back then, he received several backlashes from his party and including the presidential candidate of the APC, Bola Tinubu.
Although Ambode’s fellow governors tried all their political and diplomatic skills to save him they didn’t succeed. Many reasons have been adduced for why things fell apart between the godfather and his political godson.
Factors Attributed To Ambode In Hideout
Ambode was generally considered a successful governor during his tenure, yet he was unable to secure a second term. Some of his contemporaries who were poor in performance easily got their parties’ nominations and won re-election.
Bulleting Nigeria reports that Fred Ohwahwa, a former Editor of The Guardian listed some factors attributed to Ambode’s name not being talked about in the 2023 political atmosphere. such includes a political godfather of Lagos politics who was not happy with him.
Also, some of his party men and women were not impressed with how miserly he doled out largesse to oil the political machinery in the state.
Ambode wasn’t a natural politician and didn’t understand the meaning of the word COMPROMISE. Four, he had an arrogant bent. And in politics, humility, even if it is a forced one, is considered a virtue.
A media person whose name is withheld told Bulletin Nigeria that it could be that “Ambode could be contented with what he has achieved thus far”.
Another simply identified as Idris said, “I have no idea on why he has been kept in the dark but i guess Tinubu is politically, making him not to be relevant in any political sphere in the country.
“Tinubu has lost trust in him and Osinbanjo, hence the reason why their names are not in Tinubu’s campaign list.”
Further research by Bulletin Nigeria shows that in relation to the forthcoming elections, Ambode last shared a message sometime in February announcing his endorsement and advised Nigerians to go get their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) added that the youths are coming.