Ahead of today’s launch of three books detailing the administration of Mr. Babatunde Fashola as governor of Lagos State between 2007 and 2015, tension is reportedly brewing among political stakeholders in the state following the perceived political rivalry between the camp of Fashola and his erstwhile political godfather, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, also a former governor of the state.
The three books to be launched today include The Great Leap, a book written by Mr. Hakeem Bello, who served as Special Adviser on Media to Fashola and two others co-authored by Dapo Adeniyi.
The other two are: In Bold Prints: Thoughts of Babatunde Fashola and Lagos Blow Down: West Africa’s First Controlled Demolition.
According to Vanguard newspaper, an highly respect leader of the party in the state had urged the leadership of the party to convene an emergency state caucus meeting tomorrow where the unfolding issue between the camps of the two former governors is expected to be discussed.
It is believed that the book launch will be used to score political points with an alleged plan by some Tinubu loyalists to frustrate the book launch and also boycott the event.
“They are planning but they will not succeed. A man that has not seen it as wise to visit or thank his master since he stepped down from office, why should we be there,” a close associate of Tinubu was quoted by the newspaper.
However, a Fashola associate whom the newspaper quoted said Mr Tinubu has refused to pick Fashola’s calls.
“Tinubu is not picking his calls, so those people saying that Fashola has not visited Tinubu simply do not know what they are talking about, they just don’t know,” the Fashola associate said.
Meanwhile, the frosty relationship between the two camps is set to worsen upon assertions of imminent plans by the new authorities in Lagos to prosecute those involved in alleged hike of contract figures during the immediate past administration.
Meanwhile, a recent report had revealed that members of the Babatunde Fashola administration will dominate the cabinet of the Akinwumi Ambode’s government.