Oba of Lagos to Igbo leaders: Vote for Ambode or perish inside Lagoon


Igbo living in Lagos were told on Sunday to vote for the governorship candidate of All Progressives Progress (APC), Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, or else, they will die in the lagoon.
A livid Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, said he was not ready to beg them but if they repeat what they did on March 28 when they voted for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), President Goodluck Jonathan, then they should be ready for the consequences.
The governorship election holds on April 11 and it is believed the Igbo will vote for the PDP candidate, Jimi Agbaje.
Speaking at a meeting with Igbo leaders in the state, the first class monarch said: “On Saturday, if anyone of you goes against Ambode who I picked, that is your end. If it doesn’t happen within seven days, just know that I am a bastard and it is not my father who gave birth to me.
“Jonathan is my son and I speak to him everyday. By the grace of God, I am the owner of Lagos for the time being. This is an undivided chair. The palace belongs to the dead and those coming in the future. 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 can never 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”.
The monarch said anybody against Ambode does not wish the state well. “‎I am for the progress, growth and development of Lagos. Ambode is highly cerebral, he’s a symbol and he is going to deliver the message which I, the Oba of Lagos, have said. And he will govern the state for another eight years. He is going on a mission and God will give him the wisdom and knowledge to fulfil that mission. Almost a year ago, I declared that Ambode will be the next governor of Lagos and it will not change. From time immemorial, the previous occupiers of this house will say what they wanted after consultation with other people. And this hasn’t changed and it will not change at this time.
To him, the present crisis Nigeria is facing was not caused by the Goodluck Jonathan administration but by another person he refused to name.
“If not for the appeal from Asiwaju (Bola Tinubu) and my highly respected maternal father, the Awujale of Ijebu-Ode, all what is happening today is not the cause of the present government. The man who caused everything knows himself”.
In his response, the Eze-Ndigbo of Amuwo-Oriade, Dr. Gordian Dimojiaku, said Igbo in Lagos would support Ambode.
“The mistake of last Saturday was caused by everybody, not only the Igbo. It is not only the Igbo that were responsible for the votes. But we have learnt our lesson. Saturday’s election is going to be a different thing and Ambode is going to win. Everybody knows that when you fail the first time, you cannot afford to fail again. We are going to tell our people that Ezes from the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas are here and that we have sworn with the Oba that w‎e are going to make sure that Ambode wins next Saturday’s election.‎”


  1. Behold the barbaric nature of the african. How does he think its only igbo who will perish in the Lagoon. Can you read how uncivilised african can be ?

    • I doubt if this statement is from The Oba of Lagos. If it is true he worth not to be the Oba. You dont threaten Igbo Man over something of this magnitude. We would vote right.

  2. I find it very difficult to believe what I just read, a traditional ruler coercing people via threat to vote his preferred candidate this is high ridiculous, Igbos in Lagos vote your conscience and let the heavens fall, one thing the traditional ruler failed to understand is that the average Igbo man hates to be intimidated, this is democracy you win people by persuasion and not by intimidation.

  3. This is no longer democracy we are practicing in Nigeria. Since the emergence of APC as a political party, we have gradually witness the return of intimidation and violence to Nigerian politics. I pray God helps Nigeria. There is no doubt that we are sitting on a keg of gun powder.

    • I laughed at all this shenanigans up here….:) . Why are my people so blind and gullible and swift to believe fiction without facts so fast that they become unnecessarily furious? Please return your swords into its sheath. Devil’s agents and divisive figures at work. Remember, Lagos recognises visitors and has always been rewarding her guests namely The Jagaban Tinubu himself and other commissioners who are non-indigenes. Recall too that Akiolu is good friend of the Lagos Eze and has been a national figure himself especially as police officer who had served across the length and breadth of our land. Embrace peace all and common sense. Be swift to hear and slow to react. Check the stories authenticity and abstain from sweeping sentimental conclusions. Thank u all my brovx



    • This is pure propaganda, we should be very careful wat we believe, is it possible for the oba to make such statement at the detriment of his candidate? Let’s take time out and think it over before believing anything this is just the work of detractors hell bent on destabilizing Lagos along ethnic line to their own benefit, the Igbo’s have always been an integral part of Lagos and that can’t change.

  4. The Oba can’t survive a slap from the working hands of an Igbo man. I have urged Igbos not to vote for Ambode. I live in Lagos and will march the Oba straight to the Lagoon once Agbaje wins.

  5. I refuse to believe that a royal father blessed with the wisdom of the gods said that,unless of course,the gods do not exist afterall or the wisdom is mythical.

  6. I find it difficult believing what I just read but if it is true, its a shame to the Oba. It surprise me that in this Democratic setting a traditional ruler will be intimidating citizens, rubbishing the dignity of the throne all in the name of votes.
    All I know is that he can be the Oba but but he cannot compel people in making decision about there future. He should note that he’s not the owner of Lagos he’s only a custodian of traditions so, he should stop sounding like God.

  7. This Oba of Lagos talks like king Harod in the bible. Why do you say, if Ndi Igbo doesn’t do what you say, you will make sure they die in the river.
    Rilwan Akiolu , have you not heard that Ndi Igbo only listens to Jehova God Almighty , God of Ndi Igbo? Only Him do the fear? The Igbo people in Lagos will seek for God’s guide. Who ever the spirit of God put in there heart, Ndi Igbo will only vote without fear of any human being.
    I you lift a finger against Ndi Igbo, you are lifting a finger against God, and Jehova is greater than you and your gods. Wish no evil against Ndi Igbo, and apologies for your threats.

  8. Can we settle down for a bit and reason intelligently? Do you really think the Oba would make that statement knowing that it would turn people against him?

    My people, don’t let them divide us. Don’t let this spiteful article by the opposition be the reason you give Lagos to the incompetent PDP. LET’S VOTE AMBODE FOR CONTINUITY.


  9. If what I just read here is true then the Oba of Lagos should be killed before the election, and the So called Igbo Eze ,who promised Oba Igbo votes should be banished from Igbo land before the election.
    How can an Oba abandon his throne for politics?
    Mind my words: Agbaje must become the next Lagos governor for eight years.
    If I May ask Oba this question: Since you sounded like God why were you afraid to mention the name of the person who polluted President Good luck administration????

  10. I really don’t think the same oba who tactically told Jonathan, the incumbent president that the will of the people must be done at the presidential election would say this. This is a false story! And for the igbos who had been responding to the false story, please take it easy. It is only in Lagos we have commissioners that are not from Yoruba land. Amidst all the excesses of Tinubu,Lagos has thrived better than most states in the country especially without support from the centre. Jimi Agbaje though a good man, hasn’t shown that he could be trusted. If you pitch your tent with him, you may regret it. Vote Ambode! Lagos with support from the centre will be better without it. Let us think about the state and not about Tinubu. The hand of God is not too short to ‘catch’ Tinubu but lets’s not take Lagos back in a bit to get back at Tinubu.

    • Mr Adebowale,can the body function without the head?Your analysis are hypocritical and unfounded. Does Ambode have any pedigree!To cap it all,the Oba is beginning to sound like a motor park chairman.Lets not be swayed in our drive to vote our conscience.It is our right and not even the Oba or anyone else can take that from us.Our votes will speak volumes.

  11. The statement by Oba of Lagos will set the two tribes on a dangerous part, this statement is similar to what Late Moshood Abiola made during his campaign that he can do without the Igbos well we are watching Oba of lagos…


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