Guber Poll: PDP Will Never Win Lagos – Oba Rilwan Akiolu

Oba of lagosAhead 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.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Look at these hungry and idle traditional rulers cum politicians who do not vote but at the end of the struggle emerge from no where to cream off state treasury. PDP will win Lagos and then may be the Oba will relocate to Edo, the land of their conquerors in 1545!

  2. PATO,the way you spoke shows that you are a politician,and that you are so senseless having no regards Or a little respect for a respected and season traditional ruler. Remember that,the Yoruba culture has tradition and respect for their king. Be very careful and watch your mouth to avoid premature and sudden death. Bear this in mind,I have nothing to do with politics.

  3. Yes, since when did traditional rulers become political strategists and opinionists? See the way the same Oba was bandying words with Obasanjo on a live national TV program the other day. Adeyinka Oyekan would never have done such a disgraceful thing. Is that the role they want to play under the new Constitution? That institution is now anachronistic, otiose and outdated. It should be scrapped.

  4. The Monarch is a bit senseless to take side in politics. It is like a pastor going to his pulpit and endorsing a political party when he has other political party members as members of his congregation, that pastor is calling for trouble for himself. Any traditional ruler should not take side in politics rather treat all the political parties and all politicians as his Children and carry them along, he should be neutral and not take side, if the PDP eventually wins in Lagos state them the Oba would have created enmity for himself. Remember all who are contesting for Governorship position in Lagos are all Lagos citizens, so for the Oba to come out on a national programme to endorse a political party is senseless.
    Therefore, KAY or what do you call yourself, a revered and respected traditional ruler should respect himself and stay off politics, because when he decide to be partial then others will react. Even if he has endorsed a party in his heart, it should not be something to brag about in public, he should keep it to himself. Remember that Ooni of Ife, Alaafin of Oyo, these are two revered Yoruba Kings, they have not taken side with any party, your Oba of lagos should go and learn from them how an Oba should act.

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