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    Gbajabiamila, Lagos APC House Caucus Endorse Ambode for Governor

    The governorship ambition of Akinwunmi Ambode received a massive boost late on Thursday when the Lagos State caucus of All Progressives Congress (APC), in the House of Representatives endorsed him as the next governor of the state.
    The first public endorsement of Ambode came from Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu some weeks ago at the launch of his autobiography, “Art of Selfless Service” in Lagos.
    The caucus was led on the visit to Ambode in Abuja by the Minority leader of the House Femi Gbajabiamila on the sideline of the National Congress of the party.
    Gbajabiamila, until the party zoned the governorship seat to Lagos East where Ambode hails from, had also targeted same Lagos governorship seat.

    Gbajabiamila said that Ambode was the right man for the job of taking Lagos to the next level.
    He described Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the national leader of APC, as the pathfinder for the development of modern Lagos “while Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola the incumbent Governor was the actualiser of the dream of modern Lagos and with the pedigree of Akinwunmi Ambode who had served in the Civil Service of Lagos State for 27 years, he is ably qualified to be the project manager of moving Lagos to another level.

    He specifically described Mr. Ambode who has served in almost all the Local government areas of Lagos before becoming the Auditor General of Local Government and later the Accountant General of the State, as having the requisite knowledge of the working of government from the grassroots to the top and would be a bridge builder between the elite and the rural dwellers of Lagos.

    Other lawmakers who attended the meeting with Ambode include Abayomi Ayeola, Babatunde Adewale, Hakkem Muniru, Abiodun Faleke, Aliu Kazeem and Yakub Balogun, Rafeequat Onabamiro, Femi Gbajabiamila, Jumoke Okoya-Thomas, Samuel Adejare, Adeola Solomon, Toyin Suarau, Jide Akinloye, Ganiyu Olukolu and Abayomi Ogunnusi.

    The lawmakers noted further in a statement released by Gbajabiamila's media aide, Olanrewaju Smart, that they engaged Ambode “in a rigorous cross examination where he (Ambode) also seized the opportunity to inform the Lagos federal lawmakers about his vision for the state.”
    “At the end of pre-primary election meeting, the legislators declared their support for Ambode. The governorship hopeful also promised to compliment the giant stride of the incumbent governor, Babatunde Fashola he once served.”

    One of the Lagos federal lawmakers at the meeting noted that the endorsement by the National Assembly members does not exclude Ambode from participating in a free and fair primary election of the party.
    Ambode thanked the erudite lawmakers and promised not to disappoint them and the people of Lagos if given the opportunity to serve as governor.
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