Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State yesterday described his main challenger for the ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Babajide Sanwo-Olu as an someone who is not fit and proper to rule Lagos, stating that aside being a rehabilitated mental patient, the aspirant was arrested for spending fake dollars in the United States.
Sanwo-Olu, a former Commissioner for Training and Establishments in Lagos, is the current managing director of the Lagos State Development and Property Corporation.
The Governor, believed to have fallen out with APC strongman, Bola Tinubu who is now backing Sanwo-Olu, opened up at a world press conference at the Government House, Alausa Ikeja, yesterday, where he vowed to overcome his current travail and urged the party’s leadership in the state to have a rethink about Sanwo-Olu.
Decked in an APC branded shirt and visibly enraged, Ambode stated that the party’s elders in the state had been misled into endorsing Sanwo-Olu to lead the state, insisting that he has so far selflessly served the people of Lagos State.
His words, “In the last two or three weeks, they have been putting a lot of campaign of calumny in social media, and also disparaging our personality and character. But, we have been extremely humble. We have never responded. We have never abused anybody because we believe that there is always a reason for us to come together. We are one family in APC.
“Now, the truth is the aspirant that is being put up to compete against us is an unfit and improper person. This is the truth. Party leaders and party members have been misled to understand that he is a better candidate than myself. I have done everything in the last three and a half years to serve people selflessly.
“This particular aspirant has been arrested for spending fake American dollars in a nightclub and detained for months. It is also known that he does not have the competence to do what he is being propelled to do. The records are there in General Hospital, Gbagada. This is somebody that has gone for rehabilitation before. We do not want to go too far.
“We know our leadership would have a rethink because the truth is this. I will not stand here, on the mandate of Lagosians and allow our great party, APC, to filter away the opportunities it has by putting in somebody that the opposition will easily kick out because of credibility. So, I appeal to all our leaders. They should have a rethink. This is not about me; it is about the greatest opportunities that the APC stand to change the progress of Nigeria to a better place.”
Ambode, who also raised the alarm over recruitment of thugs to unleash mayhem during the party primary, added: “Security reports available to the state government indicate that there is an ongoing recruitment and arming of political thugs, to disrupt the tranquil atmosphere of Lagos state, in the guise of holding primary elections, to cause panic or wreak havoc that will affect the progressive strides, which Lagosians are known for.
“This is more so that we have the assurances of our party leaders, to conduct free and fair primary elections for aspirants into the various political offices.”
“As a responsible government that has invested so much in enhancing security of lives and property in the state to enable Lagosians pursue their lawful endeavours, we will not allow any disruptive elements to cause any security breach in the state.
‘’It has become imperative to put every stakeholder on notice, especially the Federal Government, and security agencies, to take more than a passing interest in the development in this state, that has hitherto been adjudged the safest city in Africa.
“Consequently, the state government will do all within its powers, in collaboration with relevant security agencies, to protect our citizens and insulate them from any condition that may breed insecurity or the breakdown of law and order in the state, throughout the primaries campaign and election periods.”