APC Chieftain, Bola Tinubu who spoke with journalists at Ward C, Ikeja Local Government Area, after the conclusion of voting in the Lagos APC governorship primary, stated that Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode did well in office, but he is not a good party man.
Tinubu who maintained that deciding to withdraw his support for Ambode was beyond him, added that he was only doing the wishes of the party, which had entrusted him with its leadership. According to him, the party has decided to withdraw support for the governor who wished to go for a second term.
On why he withdrew his support, Bola Tinubu who dismissed claims that the development in Lagos State could negatively affect the fortune of the party at the national level in 2019, said
“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.
“This is an elixir for the general election. Ambode Akin, he’s 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.”
He concluded his statement by saying that the direct primary was the best, saying it had helped to eliminate intra-party corruption.