By Segun Olotu
Akinwunmi Ambode is one of the most loyal and most intelligent politician’s to have emerged unto to the Nigerian political scene in recent times. Asiwaju Bola Tinubu plucked him from relative obscurity and greatly contributed to his electoral victory in 2015.
He was loyal to Asiwaju and is reported to have been so loyal that despite warnings, Tinubu could do no wrong in his eyes until he was betrayed by Tinubu and denied a second term despite his world-acclaimed performance as Governor.
Tinubu was of course buoyed by the comfort and hubris of an APC Government at the centre unlike during the Fashola second term crisis when PDP held sway at the Centre.
In defiance of Asiwaju, who preferred he meekly step down for Sanwo-Olu, and the Greek promise of the Lagos East senatorial seat; Ambode chose to participate in the gubernatorial primary exercise until it was turned into a kangaroo exercise by the trio of Tunde Balogun, Adams Oshiomole and Bola Tinubu.
After the sham declaration of Sanwoolu as the winner of the primary, Ambode accepted the outcome in the interest of his party but refused to surrender government and governance to Tinubu, his cohorts, and the yet to be elected Sanwoolu. This drew the ire of Tinubu and his co-travelers who continued to harass and harangue Ambode who remained defiant and instead campaigned vigorously for the party and went on to commission several landmark projects like the Muritala Mohammed Airport road despite Tinubu’s objection. Ambode left office on 29, May 2019 with his head high having survived several impeachment threats and other evil machinations of his party against him.
The world watched as the Lagos drama unfolded and they were sad that a good man, intellectual, defender of Lagosians, and visionary was harassed by his mentor and party, but the World learnt and the chief student was Godwin Obaseki. Ambode had given Obaseki the greatest gift that can be bestowed …. the gift of foresight.
Ambode became the pathfinder for the re-election of Godwin Obaseki. The Edo House of Assembly which was to be used as a tool just like Asiwaju did in Lagos was neutralized by Obaseki and the Local Government structure was checkmated unlike in Lagos where Asiwaju was incomplete sway. Obaseki had learnt from Ambode’s experience well and swore that he would rather go down fighting than succumb to Oshiomole and Tinubu especially with his gift of “Ambode’s” foresight. The rest as they say is history.
Ambode was the guinea pig sacrifice for the defeat of the Godfathers, Oshiomole and Tinubu in Edo and we should be eternally grateful to him.
Almighty God will surely reward him for his sacrifices and restore him to his rightful place…
God don win ……..