Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu on Sunday read riot act to Igbo leaders and monarchs in Lagos State, warning that he will make life miserable for them if they sabotage efforts being made to ensure that the governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode is elected as the next governor of state.
The visibly angry monarch who summoned all the Eze-Ndigbo in Lagos State to his palace said the support of their kinsmen for the opposition party in the state could frustrate current efforts being made in all quarters in ensuring Lagos is no longer in opposition with Federal Government.
He said, “On saturday, if any one of you goes against Ambode who I picked, that is your end. If it doesn’t happen within seven days, just know that I am a bastard and its not my father who gave birth to me.
“By the grace of God, I am the owner of Lagos for the time being. This is an undivided chair. The palace belongs to the dead and those coming in the future. On Saturday, if anyone of you, I swear in the name of God, goes against my wish that Ambode will be the next governor of Lagos state, the person is going to die inside this water.
“For the Igbos and others in Lagos, they should go where the Oba of Lagos heads to. When they were coming to the state, they didn’t come with all their houses. But now they have properties in the state. So they must do my bidding. And that is the bidding of the ancestors of Lagos and God.
“I am not ready to beg you. Nobody knew how I picked Ambode. Jimi is my blood relation and I told him that he can never be governor in Lagos for now. The future belongs to God. I am not begging anybody, but what you people cannot do in Onitsha, Aba or anywhere you can not do it here.”If you do what I want, Lagos will continue to be prosperous for you, if you go against my wish, you will perish in the water.”
The front line monarch added that,” I am for the progress, growth and development in Lagos, Ambode is highly cerebral, he’s a symbol and he is going to deliver the message which I the Oba of Lagos have said. And he will govern the state for another eight years.
“He is going on a mission and God will give him the wisdom and knowledge to fulfill that mission. Almost a year ago, I declared that Ambode will be the next governor of Lagos and it will not change.
“From time immemorial, the previous occupiers of this house will say what they wanted after consultation with other people. And this hasn’t change and it will not change at this time.”
According to him, politicians don’t quarrel but they disagree to agree on issues that concern the development of the country.
Akiolu further said ,”If not for the appeal from Asiwaju and my highly respected maternal father, the Awujale of Ijebu-Ode, all these that is happening today would not have happened.”
On General Muhammadu Buhari’s victory he said “It is God who chose him. And God who chose him will be with him. It is God who decided that the outcome of the polls. The trust which Nigerians bestow on him, he must let them down.
“All that Lagos has lost since 1960 till now, with this, God has opened the way and it will begin to come. I know he is a capable hand and God will be with him. It is government of progress.”
Responding, Dr. Gordian Dimojiaku the Eze- Ndigbo of Amuwo-Oriade, Lagos said they will do the bidding of the paramount Lagos monarch and support the APC candidate in the governorship polls.
Some of the monarch present were however displeased by the tone of the Oba in conveying his message.
One of the Igbo leaders who spoke to Daily Independent but preferred not to be mentioned, said the Oba’s comments were derogatory and insulting on Igbo residents in the state.