President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met with the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
The meeting which was held behind closed doors came barely 24 hours before the Lagos APC Governorship Primary election between Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who Tinubu has already rejected, and Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the other aspirant who currently enjoys Tinubu’s support.
Ambode had earlier on Monday met with the National Working Committee of the APC led by its Chairman, Mr. Clement Ebri. He urged the NWC to create a level playing field for all aspirants, saying he had no doubt that a free, fair and credible election would be conducted.
“This is a star studded election team; the members are distinguished Nigerians in their individual and collective rights. There can’t be any better team than these distinguished personalities.
“I must tell you that what you have taken up may look like a political assignment, but history is on your side. You are being called upon to discharge a selfless service that would determine the future of this country and the greatness of this state.
“I receive this election team as being acceptable and credible to me enough to discharge its civic responsibility to the best of its ability; and to also say that whatever it is that is the outcome of the primaries, your presence has shown that this will be credible and this will be acceptable by me,” he said.
Tinubu and other top APC stakeholders in Lagos State had declared their support for Sanwo-Olu as their preferred candidate to contest the 2019 governorship election in the state, saying that Ambode doesn’t deserve a second term because he had deviated from the development blueprint prepared for the state.
“You know that Asiwaju meets regularly with the President. They discuss party and the nation’s matters regularly. So there is nothing unusual about this meeting,” an undisclosed source told Punch.
Regarding whether Buhari was able to resolve the issue between Governor Ambode and Tinubu, he said;
“What issue will be resolved when tomorrow (Tuesday) is primary?
“There is nothing to resolve. The people will elect their candidate at the primary on Tuesday.
“Asiwaju is back in Lagos from Abuja. Everybody is preparing for the primary.”