The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, on Monday received the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos and other Lagos State APC chieftains at his Iga-Iduganran Palace in Lagos.
The APC candidate was officially introduced to Oba Akiolu and his chiefs by a chieftain and former Minister of State for Defence, Chief Demola Seriki.
In his address, the Oba said there is no room for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State.
He said the opposition should not expect votes from Lagos and other states because there is no vacancy at the Government House in Ikeja, the state capital, and Aso Rock Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The monarch also spoke on the importance of next year’s polls.
The monarch predicted success for Sanwo-Olu at the poll, saying PDP would not rule Lagos State.
“The PDP will not rule Lagos because of what they have done to us. I saw Olusegun Obasanjo in Ota and I spoke my mind. They will not even win at the centre. APC government will continue in Lagos and Abuja.”
Sanwo-Olu, a former Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pensions, stormed the palace at 10 a.m, accompanied by his Campaign Manager Tayo Ayinde, National Communication Commission (NCC) Executive Director Sunday Dare, House of Representatives member Prince Rotimi Agunsoye, former Special Adviser on Rural Development Mr. Sesan Olanrewaju, APC Women Leader Jumoke Okoya-Thomas, former Mosan Okunola Local Council Development Area (LCDA) Chairman Abiodun Mafe and veteran journalist Bayo Osiyemi.
After the monarch offered his words of advice to him and the campaign team, a chief, Opemilua Ajose, offered Sanwo-Olu traditional prayers.
Also present at the palace were former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro; Gubernatorial Advisory Council (GAC) member Alhaji Mutiu Aare; former Sports Commissioner Segun Dawodu, Nosiru Musa; Sesan Daini; House of Assembly member Sola Giwa and House of Representatives candidate and son of the royal father, Prince Kayode Akiolu.
Ajose prayed that God, who ensured the success of former Governors Lateef Jakande and Bola Tinubu, will also ensure Sanwo-Olu’s success as governor.
Reflecting on the primary that produced the candidate, he said: “Let the aggrieved know that they have benefited from Tinubu’s leadership. It is now the turn of Sanwo-Olu.”
Oba Akiolu invoked the spirits of his illustrious predecessors including Oba Ado, Akinsemoyin, Ologunkutere, Idewu Ojulari, Kosoko Morohunfolu, Akintoye, Dosunmu, Oyekan, Falolu, Esugbay, and Adeniji Adele as he prayed for the APC flag bearer.
The monarch predicted success for him at the poll, saying the PDP will not rule Lagos State.
He said: “The PDP will not rule Lagos because of what they have done to us. I saw Olusegun Obasanjo in Ota and I spoke my mind. They will not even win at the centre… APC government will continue in Lagos and Abuja.”
Turning to Obanikoro, the monarch applauded his return to the progressives fold.
He recalled telling the senator’s mother to advise him to retrace his steps from the PDP.
Oba Akiolu, a retired Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), said having spent 32 years in the police, he was not afraid to speak truth to power.
The monarch described Sanwo-Olu as a good man, adding that he was close to the palace as a politician and public officer.
He also recalled that Agunsoye performed well as Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
Oba Akiolu said Sanwo-Olu is surrounded by sycophants who are interested in politics of gains instead of contribution.
He advised the candidate to avoid any quarrel with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, stressing that the candidate should not repay good with evil.
He said: “Anybody who will sabotage you will perish. (Facing the gathering) I have spoken with Sanwo-Olu and I will still speak to him. You can’t be Oba of Lagos and be a hypocrite. I should not hear any quarrel between you and Ambode. Many people are following you. Many are looking for what to eat.
“Ambode was not sensitive. Sanwo-Olu, you will triumph. They said I was collecting N50 million monthly from Ambode. There is nothing like that. They are gossips. Don’t repay good with evil. Politicians don’t fight. They only disagree. They don’t have shame.
“The elders of Lagos are behind you, Jide Sanwo-Olu. Be truthful. If you look at your back, you will see God. You will see me; you will see my chiefs; you will see Ambode”.