The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded the immediate
suspension of Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, till after the governorship
and state House of Assembly elections in Lagos State.
The party called on Governor Babatunde Fashola to suspend the
first-class monarch, saying it was necessary in order to guarantee free,
fair and credible elections in the state.
In a statement issued on Tuesday by Lagos PDP Publicity Secretary,
Taofik Gani, the party stated that it had also alerted the security
agencies to hold the monarch responsible for any attack on non-indigenes
or PDP members in Lagos.
According to the PDP, which is the major opposition party in the
state, the silence of Fashola, over 48 hours after such inflammatory
statement and threat to life suggests that the king acted on behalf of
the state government.
The statement said in part, “The governor is thus a conspirator in
this threat to life and must also be held accountable for any violence
in these elections. We have at this point been vindicated about the
desperation of the APC to retain Lagos state at all cost including the
All Progressives Congress’ plan not to concede the imminent defeat on
“The positions of the PDP are coming on the heels of the now viral
threat issued by the Oba of Lagos to Igbos that they must vote for the
APC Governorship Candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode, or be drowned in Lagos