A group, Igbo Leaders of Thought in Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos State, has condemned the reported endorsement of the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Babajide Sanwo-Olu by the Lagos Ohanaeze President, Solomon Ogbonna.
This displeasure was made public by the leader of the group and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain in Lagos, Ben Akah, at a press conference in Lagos, on Tuesday.
Akah said the Ndigbo group never met to deliberate on adopting any candidate while criticizing Ogbonna’s actions as “a scam”.
He said the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Nnia Nwodo, with the authority of Imeobi, the highest policy-making body of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, had already declared that Ndigbo will support the political party that has the policy of restructuring, which is at the heart of every Igbo man.
Akah, therefore, expressed disappointment that Ogbonna recently went contrary to the decision of the apex body by endorsing Sanwo-Olu as a consensus candidate of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
“The state president, unfortunately, has shown himself to be a scammer, because all he has been doing is running around APC and Sanwo-Olu, to scam money and put in his pocket.
“That informed the first outing he had with Sanwo-Olu at the National Stadium, where he conferred a chieftaincy title on him. And that also informed the recent meeting where he also said Ndigbo in Lagos State has endorsed Sanwo-Olu.
“He never mentioned that it is was a political meeting and that Sanwo-Olu was coming there. Unknown to many, he had already had a definitive agreement with Sanwo-Olu and his group of APC.
“When everybody came into the MUSON Centre, he told us our guest would soon arrive, and everybody thought it was Chief Nwodo since the invitation read he was the convener of the meeting.
“Surprisingly, Sanwo-Olu walked in and started addressing the people. Thereafter, Ogbonna told us we were there to endorse Sanwo-Olu and people started to react, saying it was not what they expected to hear,” Akah said.