‘Ambode Set To Replace Abiru As Senator For Lagos East, Wale Edun Marked For Ministerial Appointment’


There is speculation that a former governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, might replace the senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Tokunbo Abiru.

Naija News reported on Friday that Ambode visited President Bola Tinubu at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The meeting comes after the President met with Ambode at the state reception organised by Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on June 29 at the State House.

Tinubu publicly acknowledged Ambode’s presence, saying,“ I’m glad to see Ambode. Thank you, Akin!” during the meeting.

Naija News understands that the meeting is believed to be the final reconciliation between both men after they reportedly fell out over Ambode’s inability to get a second-term ticket in 2019.

It was gathered that Tinubu is reportedly considering Ambode for an appointment in his government, with the Friday meeting believed to be an avenue to conclude discussions on that.

However, in a fresh development, sources privy to the development have asserted that possibilities are that the former Lagos State state governor would bag a senatorial seat.

According to one source who confided in The Punch, Abiru is marked for a ministerial appointment, and if the calculation goes well, Ambode might take his place.

The source said, “There are possibilities that the former governor will get a position either in the Presidency or in the state if permutations work well in his favour.”

Meanwhile, another source told the platform that Wale Edun, named the Special Adviser to the President on Monetary Policies, might become a minister representing Ogun State.

The source said, “Edun’s case was one of the issues the President discussed with Ogun State traditional rulers when he visited them a few weeks ago.”

According to the source, Edun was reportedly the preferred candidate of Tinubu as a minister under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, but he was denied the ticket.