Ahead of the 2015 general election, the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu has said the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will never produce a governor in Lagos State.
Since the return to democratic system of government in 1999, Lagos, estimated to have a population of over nine million people, has consistently been ruled by the opposition. The PDP has however, reiterated its commitment to change the status quo by dislodging the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the forthcoming elections.
Speaking as the chief launcher of the autobiography of the former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Mustapha Akanbi (retd), at the Sheraton Hotel in Abuja on Wednesday, the revered monarch said Lagos would continue to be under the control of All Progressive Congress, APC.
“Recently, I told Bode George, (Musiliu) Koro and (Adeseye) Ogunlewe that ‘Look at me o! You will never win Lagos’. God will give us another APC governor”, Oba Akiolu said.
The monarch, whose comment elicited some form of excitement from the audience, recalled that he became Oba of Lagos through divine intervention and not by financial inducement or political connection.
The retired police officer revealed that “some justices of the Supreme court, including (Alfa) Belgore, (Lawal) Uwais and (Mustapha) Akanbi came to me and told me that they intend to go and see the president but I told them with due respect that, that is where God wants me to be.
“One of them, Wali held my hand and prayed, saying that within one year, you will see what God will do in your life, and exactly a year later, my father, the late Oba, joined his ancestors.
“Governor Tinubu came and said don’t give anyone any money to be Oba, if it is yours it will surely come and that is how I became the Oba, even though President (Olusegun) Obasanjo was against me”, the Oba said.
Mr. Obasanjo, who was chairman of the occasion and was seated at the high table with the monarch, simply chuckled in his seat.