With just about 23 days to the inauguration of Lagos State governor-elect, Akinwunmi Ambode, Oba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu I, has narrated how some of his relatives wanted the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje and not Ambode to succeed Fashola.
The monarch said that “On May 14, 2014 when I first told all residents of Lagos that the next governor of the state will be Ambode, many didn’t believe me.
“I knew all the waters that have passed under the bridge, including my own blood relations, who without consulting me went with others to say that Bola Tinubu, Fashola and Oba Akiolu have pocketed Lagos, saying that this time, they will not allow that. And I told them that Jimi (Agbaje) will never be the governor. I still maintain it. There is no going back,” he added.
“I have no doubt in my mind, with the cooperation and prayers of everyone, Ambode will perform very well. I told many people that Bola Tinubu planted the seed, Fashola came and watered the seed and it started germinating in geometrical progressions. We have just started.”
The monarch spoke at the public policy lecture organised by the Institute of Directors, IoD and launch of the book edited by Sam Omatseye titled, ‘The Example: The Era of Babatunde Raji Fashola as Governor of Lagos State,’ in Lagos.