The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, has said he will not discriminate against any tribe if he is voted into office. Ambode’s comment came within 24 hours after the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, reportedly threatened to curse the Igbo tribes should they fail to vote for Ambode on Saturday.
The governorship candidate said this while receiving 20 buses from a group, Nigeria Progressive Ambassadors, in Lagos, according to a statement on Monday. He said, “Every group in Lagos is safe in my hands as governor. I will not discriminate against any religious or ethnic group. It is our Lagos and we must build it together.
Ambode added, “In my acceptance speech after the primaries, I made this known that I will be a governor for all and Lagos is safe in my hands. I want to build on the foundation of unity, peace, progress and development laid by my predecessor.
“I am your best choice for a Lagos that must continue to thrive. And though tongue and tribe may differ we stand in brotherhood in Lagos from the smallest ethnic groups to the major ones. We are all stakeholders.”
Speaking through the group’s General Secretary, Miss Vuakpor Ojo, the group, which is made of young persons, said it “strongly believe in the future of Lagos” and the country as a whole.
Ojo said, “We are a body of forward-thinking Nigerians, who are ready to partner with people, who have the ability to give an enabling future to this state and sustain its excellence. “You are one of us, and this donation of 20 buses depicts our commitment to the cause to make a detribalised leader like you, who understands the cosmopolitan nature of Lagos, govern the state starting from May 29.“Ambode himself was the target of ethnic politics in the earliest days of his governorship ambition. He was accused by traducers from within his political party of not being an original Lagosian since his forebears immigrated from Ondo State, South West Nigeria.