Two political leaders are unhappy with statements made by the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, denigrating Ndigbo in Lagos State for their perceived support for Jimi Agbaje, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Saturday’s governorship election in the state.
The former Lagos Island Local Government Area Chairman, Mr. Lukman Ajose and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Babatunde Olorogun Etti, cautioned the monarch to stop using his power, position and influence to fan the embers of ethnic crisis in the state.
Daily Post quoted the leaders saying, “Instead of teaching non-indigenes to hate, we must socialize with them so that they learn cooperation and peacefulness. The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu should stop politicking. If he is interested in politics, he should remove our crown, keep it safely and join a political party of his choice.”
The duo spoke at a stakeholders meeting in Lagos Island on Tuesday, describing the action of the monarch as one that raises concerns over the rights and freedoms of non-Yorubas resident in Lagos State.
They accused the monarch of overstepping the mark and acting as a policeman he was, urging him to promote peaceful behaviour.
“This is not a village where the head can tell his subjects to vote a particular candidate or political party. The people are determined to end Bola Tinubu’s reign in Lagos State. PDP has a bright chance.
“Even many All Progressives Congress (APC) members want Jimi Agbaje to be governor of the state”, they said.
They insisted that the governorship election in the state was “a matter for the electorate.”