Nigerians link Ambode’s travails to feud with Tinubu

Bola Tinubu and Akinwunmi Ambode

Nigerians have linked the travails of former governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, to his long-standing feud with the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.

Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, had on Tuesday ordered the freezing of the sum of N9.9bn linked to Mr Ambode.

Ambode handed over as governor on May 29, 2019, after he was denied a second term by the APC following a falling-out with former Governor Tinubu.

The funds frozen by the court are domiciled in First City Monument Bank (FCMB) account number 5617984012, Access Bank account number 0060949275 and Zenith Bank account number 1011691254 respectively.

Justice Obiozor gave the order following an ex-parte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The EFCC had prayed the court to freeze the account pending the conclusion of investigation and possible prosecution of Adewale Adesanya, the permanent secretary in the Office of the Chief of Staff to Ambode.

Nigerians on Twitter have now linked Ambode’s trials to his dispute with Tinubu, which is believed to be one of the reasons why he was denied a ministerial appointment.