Ambode returns, revalidates membership with APC
The immediate past governor Akinwunmi Ambode appeared in public yesterday to revalidate his membership with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ambode, who failed in his bid to secure second time in office, went into political hibernation immediately after the 2019 general election fuelling the speculation that he had left the APC.
But appearing in public again barely two years after his failure to clinch the party’s ticket to run for the governorship election, Ambode assured his loyalists that he was not prepared to dump the party for others in the country.
Ambode, who participated in the ongoing registration and revalidation exercise of the party with his wife, Bolanle, returned to his hometown, Epe, with several of his admirers trooping out to welcome him.
It was learnt that he relocated abroad after the party refused to give him an automatic return ticket, with members of the APC anointing the incumbent governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, as the party’s standbearer.
The former governor was reported to have completed his revalidation exercise at Ward A in Epe, on Saturday, the ward where he often cast his vote during elections.
Meanwhile, this development has triggered another round of speculation among party members of what could play out within the party in 2023 general election.