There has been reports about certain controversial ethnic statements attributed to the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akinolu in which he allegedly threatened Igbo residents in Lagos that if they do not vote for his choice candidate in next Saturday gubernatorial elections, he’d do something drastic to them within seven days. Oba Rilwan allegedly made this statement during his meeting with Eze-Ndigbo of Amuwo-Oriade, Dr. Gordon Dimojiaku. Nigerians have reacted in many ways to what the monarch said.
Oba Rilwan allegedly said;
On Saturday, if anyone 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 it is not my father who gave birth to me. Jonathan is my son and I speak to him everyday. 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. I’m not ready to beg you. Nobody knew how I picked Ambode. Jimi (Agbaje) is my blood relation and I told him that he cannot 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, don’t 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 Oba of Lagos allegedly continued;
I am for the progress, growth and development of 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 consultations with other people. And this hasn’t changed and it will not change at this time. If not for the appeal from Asiwaju [Bola Tinubu] and my highly respected maternal father, the Awujale of Ijebu-Ode, all what is happening today is not the cause of the present government. The man who caused everything knows himself.
Dr. Gordian Dimojiaku, the Eze- Ndigbo of Amuwo-Oriade however promised Akiolu that he would ensure his fellow Igbos in Lagos vote and support Ambode.
The mistake of last Saturday was caused by everybody, not only the Igbos. It is not only the Igbos that were responsible for the votes. But we have learnt our lesson. Saturday’s election is going to be a different thing and Ambode is going to win. Everybody knows that when you fail the first time, you cannot afford to fail again. We are going to tell our people that Ezes from the 20 local governments and 37 local council development areas are here and that we have sworn with the Oba that we are going to make sure that Ambode wins next Saturday’s election.