Rilwan Akiolu, the Oba of Lagos, has sworn that Igbo in Lagos would perish if they fail to support and vote for Akinwunmi Ambode, gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos.
The king, who claimed to be the owner of Lagos, made the statement at his palace while addressing Igbo leaders ahead of Saturday’s election.
“On Saturday, if anyone of you goes against Ambode who I picked, that is your end. If it doesn’t happen within seven days, just know that I am a bastard and it is not my father who gave birth to me,” he said.
“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.
“I’m not ready to beg you. Nobody knew how I picked Ambode. Jimi is my blood relation and I told him that he cannot 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, don’t do it here.”
He however assured Ndigbo that the would prosper in Lagos if they gave Ambode their support at the polls.
“If you do what I want, Lagos will continue to be prosperous for you. If you go against my wish, you will perish in the water.
“I am for the progress, growth and development of Lagos. Ambode is highly cerebral, he’s a symbol and he is going to deliver the message which I, the Oba of Lagos, have said. And he will govern the state for another eight years.
“He is going on a mission and God will give him the wisdom and knowledge to fulfill that mission. Almost a year ago, I declared that Ambode will be the next governor of Lagos and it will not change.”
Gordian Dimojiaku, the Eze-Ndigbo of Amuwo-Oriade, promised Akiolu that the Igbos in the state would support Ambode as they have sworn to do so.
“Everybody knows that when you fail the first time, you cannot afford to fail again,” he said.
“We are going to tell our people that Ezes from the 20 local governments and 37 local council development areas are here and that we have sworn with the Oba that we are going to make sure that Ambode wins next Saturday’s election.”