By Folasade Adeniran
Lagos – The Akinwunmi Ambode Mandate Support Group (AMSG) on Saturday said Ambode was capable of winning the governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State rescheduled for Monday.
The Director-General of AMSG, Mr Hakeem Sulaimon, at a news conference in Ikeja on Saturday, said Ambode was not worried about purported endorsement of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu ahead of the primary by some groups.
Sulaimon said that the governor had huge supporters across the state.
He said supporters of Ambode held meetings across all 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areasnon Friday and the support for the governor was overwhelming.
“There is huge affirmation and support for Ambode across the state, as stakeholders expressed readiness to work for his emergence as the governorship candidate of the APC and the governor of Lagos for a second term,”.
Sulaimon said while AMSG was not against endorsement for Sanwo-Olu as it was part of democracy, some of the endorsement information being given out were incorrect.
He said that the Chairman of Conference 57, Mrs Omolola Essien, was at its meeting on Friday to say that chairmen of the 57 councils in Lagos state would support Ambode’s second term aspiration.
“We also had 200 ward chairmen coming here to endorse Ambode.
What constitutes the structure of the party is the ward chairmen, LGA chairmen and councillors.
“237 councillors were here at our meeting and they have endorsed Ambode.
“They said they have realised that it was Ambode that they should support,” he said.
Sulaimon added that the Ndigbos and other Igbo support groups in the party were garnering support for Ambode.
“The Community Development Associations (CDAs) and Community Development Committees (CDCs), have also thrown their weight behind the governor.
“The CDAs and CDCs are the biggest grassroots groups, we have 3,900 CDAs in Lagos state and they have openly endorsed Ambode.
“Their representatives were at our meeting to again affirm their support for Ambode.
“We are supposed to have a direct primary and this means that all wards will participate,” he said.
Sulaimon said Ambode had asked his supporters to remain calm and peaceful.
He said the will of the people would prevail at the end of the day when Ambode emerges the flagbearer of the APC for next year’s governorship election in Lagos. (NAN)