SaharaReporters received the first controversial video footage of the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, threatening the Ndigbo community in Lagos with death if they vote for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Jimi Agbaje. He made these comments on Sunday during a visit by Ndigbo community leaders in Lagos.
The spectacle began with the Oba of Lagos who, according to sources at the scene was visibly agitated, addressed a crowd of people while sitting. He began by announcing his support for All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Akin Ambode but then started yelling that “if anyone of you [Igbos] goes against Akin Ambode that I picked, that is your end! I tell you in the name of God!” He then jumped up from the table, to speak to the crowd while standing.
He continued with his threats by saying “on Saturday, if anyone of you, I swear in the name of God, goes against my wish that [APC candidate] Ambode will be the next governor of Lagos state, the person is going to die inside this water.”
The Oba of Lagos then added that, “Jimi is my blood relation, and I told him he can never be Governor in Lagos now!” and that “if you [the crowd] do what I want then Lagos will continue to be prosperous for you, if you go against this you will be banished to the water! Finished!”
He also told the crowd that “He is going on a mission and God will give him the wisdom and knowledge to fulfill that mission. Almost a year ago, I declared that Ambode will be the next governor of Lagos and it will not change.”
After Oba Akiolu ended his tirade, the leader of the Igbo community began an almost comical response by promising the Oba that Ndigbo in Lagos will vote for the Oba's candidate.
The Oba of Lagos has since denied his comments, and has been unreachable to SaharaReporters. His comments come just six days before Lagos voters to polling stations in what could be a competitive election.