Ambode to Meet Tinubu Amidst Ministerial Nomination Rumors
The meeting between the former Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and President Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the Presidential Villa, Abuja is believed to be a final reconciliation between the two politicians after their reported fallout over Ambode's inability to secure a second-term ticket in 2019.
The meeting holds significant importance as both men, who are former governors of Lagos State, recently shared a moment of public acknowledgment during a state reception organized for Tinubu by the incumbent Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on June 29.
The meeting between Ambode and Tinubu at the Presidential Villa is seen as a crucial step in resolving their previous differences. It is widely speculated that Tinubu is considering nominating Ambode for a ministerial position within his government. Consequently, the Friday meeting is expected to provide a platform for finalizing discussions regarding this potential appointment.
Ambode, who served as the Governor of Lagos State at the time, lost the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket to Babajide Sanwo-Olu in a direct primary election that took place across the state in 2019. While Tinubu publicly maintained that he held no personal grudge against Ambode, attributing his removal to the decision of party members, many believed that the former governor’s failure to secure the APC ticket stemmed from a fallout with his erstwhile mentor and political godfather.
The meeting at the Presidential Villa has drawn considerable attention, particularly from political observers and Nigerians eager to witness the resolution of the alleged rift between Ambode and Tinubu. The encounter holds the potential to mend fences and rebuild the once-strong political alliance between the two prominent figures.
As speculations surrounding Ambode’s potential ministerial nomination intensify, this meeting could serve as a defining moment in the careers of both politicians. Should Ambode secure a position within Tinubu’s government, it would signal a significant step toward reconciliation and reinforce the notion of a united front within the APC ranks.