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Lagos Guber Update: Tinubu Denies Backing Any Candidate

Despite speculations that Former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has endorsed the former accountant general of the state, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, recents developments has seen the erstwhile Governor proclaim that he has not endorsed any of the aspirants jostling to become the next governor of Lagos State.

Tinubu made this known at a meeting with all the 14 governorship aspirants in the party held on Sunday night. He also revealed that he has not endorsed any of the aspirants and that a level-playing field would be created for all the aspirants.

Asiwaju reportedly called for the meeting in a bid to quell the tension which had risen amongst the aspirants. It is alleged that an aspirant had raised issues with Tinubu who, in his opening remarks to the gathered aspirants, had pleaded for unity among the aspirants, explaining that the party is faced with the growing threat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

He noted that on account of this threat, aspirants should endeavor to work together for the advancement of the party. A source at the meeting informed that as soon as Tinubu concluded his opening remarks, Disu, the begrudged aspirant asked to be recognised and pointedly told Tinubu that all the aspirants made themselves available at the meeting as a mark of respect for the national leader.

Disu argued that but for the respect they have for the National Leader they would all have stayed away from the meeting in consideration of the fact that the National Leader had already anointed one of the aspirants as his preferred choice for the governorship ticket,” the source said. But Tinubu was quick to clear himself of the allegation.

“Asiwaju declared that he has not anointed anybody and that he considered all aspirants as equal before him. He also assured the aspirants of a level playing field at the gubernatorial primary election of the Party,” our source added.

In response to Asiwaju’s denial, some other aspirants took the floor and demanded that Asiwaju should make a public statement to deny his anointing any aspirants but Mr Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly who had also declared an interest in the governorship ticket saved Asiwaju the embarrassment of a public statement to deny his backing any of the aspirants.“

Ikuforiji noted in his speech that the rumour about Asiwaju supporting one of the aspirants actually emanated from one of the aspirants gathered at the meeting. He observed that the particular aspirants have been confusing Party members with his campaign which hinged on the fact that he (the aspirant)is being supported by Asiwaju.

On that note, it was agreed that none of the aspirant should use the name of the former Lagos State Governor to campaign again,” the source explained.

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