Thompson Ulaka l Saturday, September 3, 2022LAGOS, Nigeria – Former Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has revealed the real reasons the Presidential aspirant of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu kicked against his bid for a second term in Lagos.
Akinwumi Ambode who brought major transformation in critical areas in Lagos State in just four years was denied the APC ticket. But Ambode was not bold enough to move into other party to try his luck like his Edo State counterpart, Godwin Obaseki who sought solace in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and succeeded in retaining his position as governor.
Speaking in Lagos Ambode said he was removed from office in 2019 for not acceding to request by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu , ABAT to dip his hands into the Lagos State treasury and give him N50 billion and USD 5 million monthly and he has requested Nigerians to vote wisely.
He said, “I was removed as a governor because this same Tinubu wanted me to be paying him N50b in Naira and 5$m each month from Lagos revenue, I asked him where will I get the money from, I told him I have Lagos to fix and not his family to feed, he told me I will hear from him in the next election, that was how my removal started”, he said.
In the viral leaked statement Ambode challenged Tinubu to come out on National TV and tell Nigerians about Projects initiated and completed by him during his time as Governor of Lagos State.
“I closed down many Tinubu “Toll Gate” so that Lagosians can be free from paying too much Toll gate fee because everywhere was full of Tinubu Toll Gates. Coming in, you pay, going out you pay, it was much. I was fighting for Lagos people on a low key while trying not to let the public know what was going on.
“For the record, Tinubu never started a single project in Lagos, not even half, if he said am lying, let him call me out on National TV and I will answer with my full self, I wanted to keep mute with all his lying going on, but I think Nigerians needs to hear the truth and vote wisely this time.
“Dear Nigerians, Oshodi of Lagos was built by me, completed by me, and commissioned by me. They have nothing to lie about rather than my projects. APC government that failed Lagos state will also fail Nigerians if voted in again”, Ambode said in the now viral statement.