Aftermath Of Tinubu/Fashola Feud: Mamora, Others Lose Bid to Contest
LAGOS, Jan 10, (THEWILL) - Major supporters of Lagos State Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) have lost their bid to contest for different political offices on the platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a situation which has fueled anger and protests from the affected aspirants.
Among those affected include Senator Olorunnibe Mamora (Lagos East), Senator Muniru Muse (Lagos Central), Hon. Dayo Bush-Alebiosu (Kosofe Federal Constituency), Hon. Moruf Akinderu Fatai (Oshodi-Isolo Federal Constituency) and Hon. Babatunde Ogala (Ikeja State Constituency), amongst others.
THIEWILL gathered that former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bolaji Ahmed Tinubu had already endorsed his wife, Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu to replace Muse and Permanent Secretary of the Bureau of Lands, Mr. Gbenga Ashafa to replace Senator Mamora at the Senate.
We also confirmed again that both House of Representatives Chairman on Diaspora Committee, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa and Commissioner for Woman Affairs and Poverty Alleviations are being considered for the Deputy Governorship.
The candidacy of the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji was rejected by members of his constituency in Epe, but Tinubu has imposed him on the Ikeja State Constituency, a decision which edged out Hon. Babatunde Ogala, who is Fashola’s key supporter in the Assembly.
The duo of Akinderu-Fatai (Oshodi-Isolo Federal Constituency) and Bush-Alebiosu (Kosofe Federal Constituency) have also been pressured to step down over alleged anti-party activities that the party has not been able to prove.
The decision to block pro Fashola politicians has caused anger and protests in the Acme Road party secretariat, increasingly fuelling intra-party crisis which started with a protest over the weekend where supporters of Deputy Governor Adebisi Sarah Sosan protested over moves to replace her.
THEWILL gathered that another massive protest will be staged tomorrow (Tuesday) at the party’s secretariat by different groups of aggrieved aspirants, who claim they were unfairly schemed out the race for one political office or other.
It is unclear if the aspirants will abandon the Action Congress of Nigeria for another political party to enable them vie for political offices in the next general elections.