Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu is the handpicked candidate of APC kingmakers in Lagos, and is the preferred candidate to unseat Ambode during a primary election exercise fixed on the 29th of September, 2018.
Ambode was very sure of a second term in office before different events started occurring.
Two former Commissioners in Lagos, Obafemi Hamzat and Sanwoolu, picked up their nomination forms on the day Ambode was acquiring his.
The APC in Lagos will do the direct primary system as opposed to the indirect primary system.
In a direct primary, all members of the party are allowed to choose flagbearers ahead of general election. In an indirect primary, only select party delegates are allowed to vote.
If Ambode was in good terms with godfather Bola Tinubu or other power brokers in the APC, they would have chosen a direct voting and he would have been handed an automatic ticket.
Prince Abeng, a political pundit, said “The fact that they are making him go through the primaries with other aspirants in a state like Lagos, shows you that they want to humiliate him”,
A top-ranking official in Lagos state government, said “We saw him shedding tears the other day. He even drove himself out of government house, something he’s never done”.
It was reported that, Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike offered Ambode the PDP governorship ticket in Lagos.
When Sanwoolu formally declared for Ambode’s seat on Sunday, September 16, all of Tinubu’s loyalists in Lagos, including Senator Gbenga Ashafa who represents Lagos East in the upper legislative chamber, were in the audience to cheer him on with chants of “incoming, incoming!”
All 57 council chairmen in Lagos have also endorsed Sanwoolu who promised to restore work on a 25-year masterplan once he is elected.