Nigerians react to Oba Akiolu’s ‘vote Ambode or die’ speech

Nigerians react to Oba Akiolu’s ‘vote Ambode or die’ speech

When Thisday first ran the story of Oba Rilwan Akiolu’s statement at a meeting with Igbo leaders in Lagos, the reactions were varied: anger, disbelief, conspiracy theories, excuses, requests for proof; most reactions running  along party and tribal lines.

According to their source, Thisday reported that the Oba of Lagos speaking to the Igbo leaders 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 (Agbaje) 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.

“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.”

By late afternoon with audio and video recordings of the statement now available online, the issue continued to trend, with calls for understanding from aggrieved Igbos and an apology from the Oba.







A statement allegedly released by the Oba’s palace  to clarify what they claimed actually happened made no reference to the threats.

My attention has been drawn to a publication in a national newspaper where HRM Oba Riliwanu Akinolu was alleged to have threatened Igbos in Lagos to make them vote for Ambode.

Last Sunday, all honorary Eze Ndigbos in Lagos paid a courtesy call to HRM Oba Akinolu. At the meeting the visitors praised the Oba for his fatherly support for and cooperation with Igbos in. Lagos. They assured him of their continued good neighborliness with other tribes in Lagos and support everything that’ll further strengthen that harmony.

Oba Akiolu on his part acknowledged the enviable performance of Governor Fashola and his contribution to the growth of investments in Lagos. He gave the assurance that he is not disturbed or angry with South-East and South- South votes for President Jonathan as perceived by the Eze Ndigbos. The Obas thereafter called on the Igbos chiefs to show appreciation to Lagos State by supporting his candidate Mr. Ambode for continuity of excellence as they have earlier promised.


The APC sent out this tweet a few hours ago.


Some of the reactions however indicate that the Oba’s statement will in no way influence how they intend to vote in the gubernatorial elections on Saturday, April 11.


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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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