2023: Ambode’s ally submits APC governorship form, challenges Sanwo-Olu

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Wale Oluwo, an associate of a former governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, has submitted his N50m governorship form to the All Progressives Congress.

He submitted his Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms to the party on Wednesday at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

Oluwo, who is the chairman of the Akinwunmi Ambode Campaign Organisation, was the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources during Ambode’s tenure as governor.

The APC aspirant vowed to defeat the incumbent governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the APC governorship primary election later this month.

Speaking with The PUNCH on Thursday, Oluwo said, “Lagos must be free.”

So far, only two aspirants have submitted the party’s governorship forms in Lagos — Sanwo-Olu and Oluwo.

The Governor’s Advisory Council, the highest decision-making organ of the party headed by APC chieftain, Bola Tinubu, had mid-April endorsed Sanwo-Olu for second term in 2023.

GAC had in 2018 kicked against the second term bid of Ambode, which led to the emergence of Sanwo-Olu as the APC candidate in the 2019 governorship election in the state.

Ambode’s predecessors were in office for two consecutive terms.

They include Tinubu, who was governor between 1999 and 2007; as well as current Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who was governor from 2007 to 2015.

Since he left office in 2019, Ambode has been extremely politically reserved. He also has not been seen at functions with any of his predecessors or his successor.

Though political permutations have earnestly begun ahead of the 2023 elections, Ambode has not declared his intention to run for second term.

Asked whether he submitted the governorship forms on behalf of Ambode, Oluwo told newsmen on Thursday that the forms were for himself and not the ex-governor.

Asked further if Ambode would be running for any political office in 2023, Oluwo said the ex-governor would speak on that himself.