The Speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly and Governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon Adeyemi Ikuforiji has insisted that nobody will impose another aspirant, Mr Akinwumi Ambode on the party. He said that Ambode was a mere civil servant and cannot be imposed on the party.
Ambode who was the former Accountant General of the state is believed to be the preferred candidate of the national leader of the APC, Alhaji Ahmed Tinubu.
Ikuforiji said this in an interview granted to The Vanguard in which he said that there are several reasons why Ambode cannot be imposed on the party by the leaders of the party in the state.
“Ambode was just a civil servant here yesterday. When did he join the party? When? Who will impose Ambode? You can’t impose Ambode. There are many reasons Ambode cannot be imposed and when we get to the river, we know how to cross it.
On the issue of imposition or no imposition, let me be very clear about it. A lot of rumours are going the rounds, and each and every candidate has been tagged with the support of one leader or the other except Ikuforiji. But a year and a half ago, someone told me one of the aspirants already had the nod of the leaders; they said he was the one Asiwaju Bola Tinubu wanted to use.”
I pushed them aside because I knew it was a rumour and it was not possible. After about 10 weeks or so, that particular name disappeared from the scene. Another one came up and after about two months again, that one also disappeared, yet another came up.
I can assure you that some of the names that came up of recent cannot even go to Bourdillion to face Asiwaju and say they want to run. Yet, they tell people that Asiwaju has asked them to get prepared for the job. Do you tell people to get prepared with the words of mouth? You don’t get prepared for the job of governor of Lagos in just a few days. We should just leave some of these stories for what they are. To me, they don’t exist.
What is your relationship with Asiwaju Tinubu and the incumbent governor and are they supportive of your ambition?
I am sure everybody knows that I have very close relationship with the two of them. In fact, Governor Fashola while in Dubai called me and after he landed today he called me again. It is this meeting with you that stopped me from meeting with the governor. he said