Adeoye: Ambode’s unfinished retirement matter
THE news in the Nigerian Pulse of February 10 should bother the citizens of Lagos State as they choose their governor in the April 11 governorship election in the state. The news is that Akinwunmi Ambode, APC governorship candidate in the state did not retire voluntarily at the age of 49 as claimed by his media aides. This is what Ambode is using to flaunt his honesty and integrity in the ongoing governorship campaign in the state.
The Nigerian Pulse revealed that for some strange reason, the state former governor went on to use that incident to earmark Ambode as Fashola’s successor, a situation that is on course given the emergence of Ambode in Lagos politics as the anointed candidate of the APC in the state. This could also explain the initial reluctance of the state governor to join the APC Ambode Campaign team voluntarily.
It could also explain why the governor chose his own successor in Dapo Shashore, a SAN like him who was roundly beaten at the APC state election primaries. It is necessary for the peace loving people of Lagos State to know how Akinwunmi Ambode retired or was retired from Lagos State as Accountant General. Either himself or the boss should throw more light on the matter. Lagos State does not deserve a governor who may have left public service in controversial circumstances. Did he retire voluntarily as he claimed, or was he sacked? If the latter is the case, why? The State of Aquatic deserves transparency on the part of its aspiring governor.
Again, the opportunity presents itself for Lagosians to rescue themselves from the hands of the APC in power and the way they have been seizing and manipulating democratic power in the state for their selfish gains, at the expense of the teeming masses in the state. Jimi Agbaje, the PDP governorship candidate in the state, is the face of the much needed change Lagos needs in Alausa to bring sanity to the state. Agbaje is a well-known politician not tainted with fraud and false claims on retirement and hidden accounts. Ambode has to clear himself before continuing in the race, or withdraw altogether to save his party the APC from any embarrassment.
It certainly cannot be business as usual for the powerful Lagos succession machinery in the state in this election for governor in Lagos State. The hand writing is on the wall on this alleged retirement cover -up. Again the odds are in favour of Jimi Agbaje as
our next governor in Lagos state under the banner of the PDP. This is because compared with Ambode, the APC candidate, Agbaje is sparkling clean breath of fresh air and sanitiser for Alausa as the next Lagos State governor.
• Adeoye, a public commentator, writes from Lagos.
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