- The former governor has been tipped as one of the likely replacements for Late Senator Bayo ' Peperito' Oshinowo in the National Assembly.
- Recent political happenings in Lagos suggests Ambode has made peace with party leaders in the state.
A report by Daily Trust indicates that political agitations have commenced for the replacement of Late Senator Bayo Oshinowo.
Oshinowo, a former majority leader in the Lagos state House of Assembly died after a brief illness suspected to be COVID-19 at the age of 64.
His sudden death has therefore created a vacuum in the upper chamber of the National Assembly.
Though the process for his replacement has not started, names of possible replacement are already flying within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) with five people already been tipped as his likely replacement
According to the reports, they include
Dr Tola Kasali, a two-time commissioner in the state;
Senator Oshinowo’s predecessor, Gbenga Ashafa,
Mr Akinwumi Ambode, the immediate past governor.
House of Representatives member Jimi Benson, and
Honourable Abike Dabiri, the current Director-General of Nigeria in Diaspora Commission.
A public affairs commentator, Segun Adegoke, said any of the five APC chieftains could emerge as a favourite of the party.
Though sidelined from the APC last year, Ambode seems to have made peace with party leaders in Lagos in recent times.
He was said to have annoyed the 'powers that be' in the state, hence, the decision not to give him a return ticket in the 2019 governorship election.
Although Ambode is from Epe which is under Lagos Central Senatorial District, he can still be in the Senate to represent Lagos East.