The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, has advised those waiting to contest in the 2019 governorship election in Lagos not to bother contesting against the incumbent governor, Akinwumi Ambode.
Oba Akiolu on Thursday said Ambode and his deputy, Oluranti Adebule, will govern Lagos state for the next six years and anyone attempting to run against them would only be on a money-wasting venture.
THISDAY quoted him to have said this at the 21st convocation of Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo.
Akiolu said Ambode’s stellar performance in less than two years was enough to merit a second term in office.
“Few days ago, one of the aspirants greeted me. After greeting, he alleged that I halted his ambition. No one should come out in 2019 and declare his ambition,” he said.
“The only way to avoid not wasting their money is to support Ambode and his deputy to rule Lagos for the next six years. That was why about nine months to the 2015 governorship election, I said Ambode would be the next governor whether they vote or not.
“But all of them doubted me. I often pray before and after leaving the bed. That is one of few things I learnt from the late father of Prof. Peter Oke-Bukola, who served as my cadet officer then. Even though he was much older than I am, he was very humble.
“The prayer has helped me a lot. The state of Nigeria indicates the type of police it gets. As a police officer, I served for 32 years. That is why I can confidently say I never collected money from anyone before performing my duties as a law enforcement officer.”