Ahead of the Gubernatorial elections, the political parties have been creating a lot of strategies that they hope will give them the winning spot. This strategic sessions have been going on all over the nation but the one that tops the headlines today is the meeting with the Eze Ndi-Igbo at the Palace of the Oba of Lagos.
Oba Rilwan Akiolu had a meeting with the Igbo leaders in Lagos and put out a rather strong warning letting them know how he feels about the forthcoming Gubernatorial elections scheduled for the 11th of April, 2015 and who he wants to win the elections.
He minced no words in letting them know that, though Jimi Agbaje is his blood, he has made it known to him that he can’t win the elections as the chosen one by the ancestors and the rulers is Akin Ambode. Don’t get it wrong, the Oba wasn’t appealing to the people but letting them know who he has chosen and who they must vote for lest they face his wrath and by extension the wrath of the ancestors.
as reported by the Daily Sun, Oba Akiolu said,
“On Saturday, if anyone of you goes against Ambode, who I picked, that is your end. If it does not happen within seven days, just know that I am a bastard and it is 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 Igbo and others in Lagos, they should go where the Oba of Lagos heads to. When they were coming to the state, they did not 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 could 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 cannot do it here.”
Though we think this might be a little too harsh and quite tribalistic but it seems like the Igbos in Lagos may be a deciding factor in the saturday elections and so, the people do not want to take any chances. I guess that explains the tone of the traditional ruler. However, you are in a better place to let us know what you think. let us talk about how this may affect the Saturday polls.