Details have emerged of a conversation between National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, over the second term ambition of incumbent Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.
Reports say the respected man of God had intervened in the impasse between Ambode and his predecessor, who is also the political godfather in the state.
However, Tinubu was reported to have told Adeboye that he would not interfere and insisted that all candidates for elective posts in the state must undergo direct primaries.
Recall that the APC had in a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting earlier in the month recommended direct primaries across the country.
According to details of the conversation circulating on social media, which Tinubu’s camp has not denied, the national leader said that his “hands are tied” as he had been accused of imposition in the past.
Tinubu said in text messages believed to have been sent to Adeboye: “Sir, people have been accusing me of imposition.
“They say I imposed candidates at will. That’s why I said all aspirants including the governor to get to the field and test their popularity among the people in an open contest of direct primaries.
“Sir, my hands are tied on his matter, I cannot ask those who have picked the expression of interest and nomination forms to withdraw or not contest. That will be greatly unfair. We will ensure a level-playing ground for all the governorship aspirants including the incumbent governor.”
New Telegraph quoted a source close to Tinubu as saying, “It’s true that baba (Pastor Adeboye) had intervened and Asiwaju also responded. It is not in doubt that Asiwaju has a tremendous respect for the man of God and this is clear from his response. I will leave you to interpret his response and decide whether Asiwaju will ask one aspirant to step down for another.”