A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Bank Anthony has said that the former Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode was denied a second term in office for no just reason by the party leaders led by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
In an interview on Channels Television programme, Sunrise Daily, Bank-Anthony, who noted that Ambode should be lauded for his loyalty to the party despite the manner he was treated, added that the former Accountant General of the state has never said anything negative against the APC’s Presidential candidate (Tinubu) since he left office.
Bank-Anthony, a former Director-General of the Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC), highlighted some achievements of the Ambode administration in areas of infrastructural transformation of the state.
He said Tinubu can’t be credited for some of the gains of the state despite the fact that he brought them to the limelight.
“Clearly the Lagos roads, the Blue line, the housing estates, all these things Ambode came in and followed up on them and completed them. I can even tell you that the Ayinke house, the Igando house and even the Blue Rail, Ambode paid N20bn during his time in office.
“You were here when the APC Primaries was held in Lagos, he said it loud and clear that there were no primaries even though he later turned around and said let’s accept it. See Ambode was a loyal, faithful party man and he stood by it and accepted it. And he has never made a comment since that day. But people are insinuating so many things about him. The point is that, the people that succeed Asiwaju; Fashola succeeded him and his eight years was more visible than that of Tinubu.
“Tinubu was a governor of Lagos. He did his bit for the State but he was not the key founder of Lagos. He built successors and he can’t claim glory for what they did. It is not possible. Again, the 25 years plan that you talked about, does it include Oshodi, Ayinke House, Lagos Roads. The point is that these plans have to be clear, Let them lay it out.
The APC chieftain also cited the key role Ambode played when he was the Accountant General of Lagos State during Tinubu’s fracas with former President, Olusegun Obasanjo.
He queried those who said Tinubu has not forgiven Ambode, when the reverse should be the case.
“In terms of forgiving anyone, the reverse should be the case. I am even surprised that you said Tinubu has not forgiven Ambode; it should be the other way round, that Ambode has not forgiven Tinubu. Saying that Tinubu has not forgiven Ambode, on what basis is that; is it on poor performance, is it that he didn’t do well as a governor of Lagos State. Or when he was the Accountant General of Lagos State that Tinubu so much sang his praises during his fracas with Obasanjo?
“For me, it should be more or less that a performing governor was yanked off for no reason. The truth is, since Ambode left office, he has not said a word against Bola Tinubu. All he has said is that Nigerians should go and get their PVC. He’s still an APC member and loyal to the party. “