Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, may have performed well, he is not a good party man, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said.
Tinubu made the declaration when speaking with journalists at Ward C, Ikeja local government area of Lagos State during the governorship primary of the party.
He spoke on the reason he worked against Ambode who is the incumbent Governor of Lagos State for a second term in office.
Tinubu as well as many leaders of the APC are in support of a new candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for the governorship ticket of the party.
Said Tinubu: “Ambode Akin is doing well, yes; he hasn’t been a good party man; not only the glamour, not only about brick and mortal. A talent is determined by character. For you to become an influential person, you have to respond to the yearnings of the people. This is politics; democracy, one man, one vote.”
Tinubu also explained that he had to bow to the wish of members of the party who wanted Ambode out.
He said in 2014, he supported Ambode because he was the choice of the people.
According to him, now that they wanted another person, he had to agree with them.
According to him, the decision to stop the second term ambition of Ambode was not his, but that of members of the party, his followers.
His words: “Who did I support in 2014? Ambode. Life is dynamic. It’s those who made me the leader of the structure in Lagos who said it was what they want. It’s only if you have followers that you’re a leader in democracy.
“If I look back and I don’t find them again; if I don’t respond to them, if I fail to accede to their request, I would have failed the leadership test.
“This is not personal; it is beyond me as a person. Every democratic constitution is preceded by ‘We, the people’. So, I had to submit myself to the wishes and the yearnings of our party.”