Rumours of Governor Akinwumi Ambode from the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) made headlines on some news channels last week.
The Lagos State governor, was reported to have been in a closed door meeting with his political aides and executive council members to take a crucial decision as to whether to remain in the APC or forge ahead with another party, as the primaries draw nearer.
It was reported also that Ambode may want to leave the party because Bola Tinubu, the party’s national leader and a former governor of Lagos may have withdrawn his support from Ambode’s re-election bid. The reports claim that Ambode might move to the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) or Action Democratic Congress(ADC), both of which are part of the Coalition of Political Parties(CUPP).
However, Bashir Ahmad, President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide on new media has said the Lagos State governor has debunked such claims.
According to Ahmad, when he told Ambode that rumours of his defection were rift on social media, the governor said ‘I’m here in Beijing in president Buhari’s entourage. ‘
Ahmad this known via his twitter handle yesterday. He wrote :
I told Gov. @AkinwunmiAmbode of Lagos State that @LeadersNG and some other media platforms have been spreading fake news that he’s planning to leave the APC, he smiled and said Bashir if they don’t know tell them I am here in Beijing in President @MBuhari’s entourage.
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) September 2, 2018
Ahmad, who is also in China with the president and other tops civil servants as Buhari participates Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa cooperation.