The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, has urged the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, to suspend the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, for making an inciting speech against Igbos in Lagos ahead of the April 11 gubernatorial election.
Mr. Akiolu, in his palace, Sunday, had told a gathering of Igbo leaders that should they fail to vote for the All Progressive Congress’s Akinwumi Ambode, they would perish in the lagoon.
The Oba has been widely criticised for his remarks, with Mr. Ambode, a former governor Lagos, Ahmed Tinubu, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, rejecting the comment.
In a statement issued Tuesday by the PDP’s Publicity Secretary in Lagos, Taofik Gani, the party noted that the suspension of the Oba was necessary to guarantee free, fair and credible elections in the state.
“The 48-hour silence of Governor Fashola since the Oba of Lagos made death threats to Igbos indicates that not only is Fashola in agreement with what the Oba said, but that the Oba spoke on behalf of the state government,” the statement said.
“The governor is thus a conspirator in this threat to life and must also be held accountable for any violence in this elections.”
“We have at this point been vindicated about the desperation of the APC to retain Lagos state at all costs including the All Progressives Congress’ plan not to concede the imminent defeat on April 11.
“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 water,” the party said.
The party also noted that it had alerted security agencies to hold the monarch responsible for any attack on non-indigenes or PDP members in Lagos.