- Olawale Oluwo said Akinwunmi Ambode was given the impression that he would be allowed to serve two terms as Lagos governor
- The former commissioner said Chief Bola Tinubu, however, had no plan of allowing Ambode return as governor
- Oluwo predicted that Lagos political landscape will undergo changes which will be rough and bloody
Olawale Oluwo who served as commissioner for energy and mineral resources in Lagos state has said that Akinwunmi Abode was not aware that he would not be given a second term ticket until it was too late.
Guardian reports that the former commissioner spoke at Afang Summit, organised by a Lagos-based investment banker, Joseph Edgar.
He said: “Part of the things we were doing before they stopped our government was building terminals and bus depots all over the state. If completed, the project will take out completely those garages that have been there for decades. It’s those garages that are producing touts. There is no need for National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).
“The NURTW makes N82 billion every year from Lagos, which is almost 10 per cent of our budget. So, these things would have eliminated the commercial danfo, the molue, tricycle, and okada and the same guys will be the ones running the new transport system. We never used to ride okada. So, why would okada be normal? this is one of the things we were trying to eliminate. The okada and agbero we see today were not in that future.
“I think the Lagos of three to four years may not be the Lagos of the last three to four years. Lagos will change; the change will be tough, rough, and I believe it will be bloody. It will be delusional to think you want to go and do a struggle and you are thinking of coming back. Until you are able to make coming back home a probability, you are not qualified to lead the struggle. You might be qualified to be a supporter or sympathizer of a struggle but you can’t be at the forefront, because nothing good comes easy. Do you think they will leave power and move on?”
The former commissioner claimed a lot of false stories have been spread about Ambode but that the former governor has chosen not to respond out of respect for vice president Yemi Osinbajo.
Oluwo said the All Progressives Congress chieftain, Bola Tinubu, has no plan to allow any Lagos governor come for a second term.
He said: “I don’t want to believe that Tinubu has the intention of making anybody a governor and then give him a second term. Fashola was not meant to go for the second term. There was a plan to stop Fashola; I was in Ikuforiji’s camp at that time and Asiwaju told him to start preparing. Whatever that meant, I don’t know, and Ikuforiji was the only one that came to contest against Fashola during the primary. So, people say probably it was because of Fashola’s popularity that earned him a second term. The answer is, ‘no!’ It had nothing to do with that.
“It’s just that that thing (federal might), Asiwaju did not have it in 2011. That was what made him succumb to Fashola going for the second term; he had it (federal might) in 2015. If the party had been in power in 2011, Fashola would never have gone back, because these guys (Fashola and Ambode) are technocrats. They don’t have any party of their own; they don’t have structure. PDP was ready to give Fashola the ticket before Asiwaju ran back.”
He said Ambode was unaware that he would not be allowed to do a second term in office as Lagos governor as he was falsely assured of political support. According to him, Ambode did not fight because of Buhari.
Oluwo said: “One, Ambode didn’t know that Buhari would be aloof and will not get himself involved. Two, he had too much respect for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. They sold Ambode a dummy, that the ticket will be given to him, but they just wanted to shake him and they were sending people to tell him, ‘don’t worry, you are too popular to be stopped.’
“Nobody has power in Lagos outside Bourdillon. If Ambode had given the impression that he was ready to fight, they would sit him down. It is about power and resources; power does not belong to these people. The lesson learned is that you can be given something on a platter of gold, but you may not sustain it on a platter of gold.”
Meanwhile, a group of angry residents of Epe in Lagos on Tuesday, August 20, attacked EFCC's operatives in front of the house of Ambode.
The aggrieved young men were seen in front of the residence of Ambode, who happens to be a resident of Epe.
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