How Fashola, Tinubu Feud Almost Grounded Lagos; Oba Akiolu Explains His Intervention
Contrary to the denials and several orchestrated public pretences that the Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola and his godfather, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, had it smooth during the 8 year tenure of the governor, the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu has revealed the governor and his predeccessor indeed had a bitter quarrel that almost undermined the governance of the state.
Akiolu, who spoke in Yoruba language, 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.
He noted that a majority of those responsible for the feud were also in the audience as they successfully created an industry in reporting to “Party A” what “Party B” had said about him and vice-versa. This trend, he added, escalated and prolonged the feud between the duo.
He therefore thanked the outgoing Governor Fashola for keeping his side of the truce treaty he brokered, an atmosphere he reckoned was largely responsible for the party’s victory in the just concluded elections.
Not done, 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.
In the same vein, he accused some alleged fifth columnists as working against the choice of the president-elect Muhammadu Buhari, some of whom he said were seated right in the audience.
The same people, he contended, have started pitting the duo of Tinubu and Buhari against each other the same way they set the former against Fashola.
Apparently carried away by the response he got from the audience, Akiolu soon threatened to name those he had alluded to in parables before he was immediately calmed down by Fashola, who pinched him and later led away from the podium by his police orderly.
At the forum, the monarch urged the religious leaders to earnestly pray for Ambode so he can perform in office better than all his predecessors, especially Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the incumbent governor, who would hand over to him on May 29.
“People, who are now telling Buhari all sorts of things, are sycophants. They did not want Buhari to emerge winner in the election. These people know themselves. When it gets to a stage, I will name them one after the other. I am not afraid of human beings,” Akiolu explained.