Friday, May 08, 2015

Oba Akiolu: How I intervened in the Tinubu, Fashola feud

After several denials and orchestrated public pretences, the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, on Thursday confirmed to a gathering of Lagosians of different classes that Governor Babatunde Fashola and his predecessor, Bola Tinubu indeed had a bitter quarrel that almost undermined the governance of the state.                   
This came as Fashola openly apologised to all Lagos residents irrespective of class, ethnicity or religion, whom he said, might have been affected by different decisions he had taken in office.
Akiolu, said he did not realise the weight of the disagreement between the two (Fashola and Tinubu) until almost all the Obas in the state called his attention to the development.
The Lagos monarch said the concerned Obas had told him that if as a successful retired police officer with 32 years in service he could not hold down on Lagos as the Oba, then, there should be cause for concern.
Akiolu said it was at that point he waded in by calling both sides to sheath their swords and also extracted commitment to suspend the animosity in the collective interest of all Lagosians.
The monarch known for stirring the hornet's nest with his speeches, either in public or private, also announced to the gathering that he had warned the incoming administration of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode not to go to Alausa (referring to the Government House) with a notion of vengeance because it would be counterproductive.  
"I told him not to resume office with vengeful heart. He should forget the past and move on with the affairs of the state immediately he assumes office. There are people in this place, who never wanted Ambode to emerge the Governor of Lagos. Most of you are sycophants. Some of them are blood relations. But I told them Ambode was my candidate despite their opposition. All Lagos residents should pray the labour of Tinubu should not be in vain. A lot of things have been happening now. Some people have been telling Buhari all sorts of things. Awujale and I have decided to meet Buhari because Lagos and South West states must benefit from the Buhari administration".

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