PDP will never rule Lagos — Rilwan Akiolu, Oba of Lagos

Oba Rilwan Akiolu

The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, has said the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, will never produce a governor in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital.

The state of over nine million people has consistently been ruled by the opposition since the return of democracy to the country in 1999.

The PDP has however intensify its plan to win over the state from the the All Progressives Congress in the forthcoming elections.

But speaking as the chief launcher of the autobiography of the former President of the Court of Appeal, Mustapha Akanbi, at the Sheraton Hotel in Abuja on Wednesday, Mr. Akiolu said Lagos would continue to be under the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC.

“Recently, I told Bode George, (Musiliu) Koro and (Adeseye) Ogunlewe that “Look at me o! You will never win Lagos. God will give us another APC governor”.

The monarch, who elicited a lot of excitement from the audience, also stated that he became the Oba of Lagos through divine intervention and that he did not spend a dime.

” After I was retired, some justices of the Supreme court, including Belgore, Uwais and Akanbi came to me and told me that they intend to go and see the president, but I told them with due respect that, that is where God wants me to be.

“One of them, Wali held my hand, and prayed, saying that within one year, you will see what God will do in your life, and exactly a year later, my father, the late Oba, joined his ancestors.

” Governor Tinubu came and said don’t give anyone any money to be Oba, if it is yours, it will surely come and that is how I became the Oba, even though President (Olusegun) Obasanjo was against me,” the Oba said.

Mr. Obasanjo, who was also seated at the high table with the monarch, simply laughed.


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  • George

    THis talkative oba will be banished soonest.

    • simon tor gideon

      To where?

      • debbeljo

        Where was deposed Sutan Macido? Prison

        • T

          Chai! Igbo people are just so funny, thats y u always cause problem for this country, u dont read history, u dont read nothing…there has never been any deposed Sultan Maccido

          • Otile

            You sound like you are just released from prison. Where have you been not to hear or read that the Sultan was deposed? Go ahead and attack every Igbo comment you see, who cares?

    • charles

      bcos u r a pdp apologist…

    • Aminu

      PDP erats ! instead of replying Oba with persuasive and compelling reasons why Lagosians should vote for PDP this time around and not APC all you does is spewing garage language against an elderly father.Anyway like father like son. Obasanjo has said it all once the head is rotten no amount of cosmetic can bring it back

    • Onike24

      who will banish him? you?

  • Hah!

    Glory be to the Almighty God. Many thanks to the father of Lagos for his boldness. Unlike those Emirs and Chiefs who mortgage their subjects for a paltry price.

  • Nuel

    I thought the Oba of Lagos is suppose to be non-partisan????

  • Rastapopoulos

    I thought he is supposed to be the father of all?
    Is a father not meant to bless his children in all their endeavors?
    Since he was installed during Tinubu’s time, can he say otherwise?
    Nothing spectacular here..just a case of ‘he who pays the piper dictates the tune’..

  • kiliminati

    He knows his other children who are in the PDP will only ruin his land… see all the the places pdp rules are in shambles…
    well the father o lagos. long life.

  • Robert Johnson

    Father of the progressives not of criminals and lunatics. Thanks for your decision to say it as it should be. That was what our forefathers are known for. Not selling their subject for a pot of porridge

  • Nwa Aba {Biafran}

    You killed your father within a year to be installed as useless oba
    your children will do same to you

    • Sharia_Haram


    • fg

      that is y una no get leader. product of baby factory.

      • Nwa Aba {Biafran}

        I don’t need a useless murder to lead me. Every Igbo man is self reliance majority are prosperous because
        they won’t allow thiefnubu to navigate them to waterloo

        • Aliu Titi

          the Igbos are the most navigable people in Nigeria, may be because they feel to arrogant to be navigated. I did not support the Oba on the subject, but to be candid an average igbo man has no objective mind of his own

          • Nwa Aba {Biafran}

            Same slogan they used against ndi Igbo during military days
            today no igbo is standing against GEJ
            they are doing this based on natural justice
            not because thief leader is ask them

        • The Nationalst

          This myth of Igbo prosperity. You tribe is a tribe of shopkeepers and traders. No industrialists or captains of industry. How many Igbos made forbes list this year ?. Whenever faced with the choice between short term profits and long term gain, you always go the short route. Then you come here to brag to other little minds lke yours about Igbo prosperity

          • Nwa Aba {Biafran}

            Not many in Forbes list
            But millions are educated and rich
            you have got Dangote and the Amajiri

  • Joe

    Your highness you may be wrong. Just the way you ascended to power by divine intervention, the same God can bring someone from pdp to be the governor as well; afterall, Jonathan ‘s ascendancy was also divine. God resist the proud, and gives grace to the humble.

  • favourtalk

    The oba is not wrong, it can only take people who sees well to agree with the obvious. It doesn’t mean dat you should stay in lagos for you ro agree that the PDP led administration cannot win anything call vote in lagos. That’s the truth of the democracy here. We need a change and it’s enjoyeable by the lagos governemnt. Federal government didn’t do anything for the state, the state is taking responsiblity of all by themselves

  • debbeljo

    Do you know that GEJ has the capacity to depose you? Do you as c-in-c he can strip off that title from you anytime? Dey there dey make month.

    • endingNaija

      GEJ? Oh my God that name stinks! Remove it from eyes! The name is UGLY and it STINKS to high heavens!!!

      • Alcindo Satori

        He’s your President, and you’re his subordinate! And that’ll be the case the next 4 years too!!! Now deal with that!!

        • Troublesome

          Only if He rigs himselve in can he be President for the next 4 years. Better tell him!

    • tundemash

      Under which law is that Mr. Illiterate ? Or just because he’s President means he can decide to marry your moter an nothing woud happen?

      Get some education; Obas’ are under local govt and the gov can influence the LG chairman to dethrone an Oba. can Dumbo influence Fashola to dethrone Oba of lagos ? didinrin !

      • Otile

        Abubakar tundemash, tactics, comrade, tactics. Did the Head of State Abacha not depose your master Emir of Gwandu? In the minds of APC chieftains is emir not more powerful than oba? What gave Abacha more right to do what he did, is it because Abacha was a Northern Muslim man while President is a Christian from east of the Niger?

        • tundemash

          another d@ft response from an e-rat. Does a military govt operate under a consitituition ? Go figure that out feeble mind !

          • Otile

            Have you purged the edicts and decrees inserted in the Constitution by your so called military govt? Stop your cliches of da@ft and e-rat, they make you look mean and unserious.

      • olawuyi3

        go ask Alhaji Dasuki what Abacha did to him, or you check with Machido,

  • G4

    This is unbecoming of a royal father, even though most people share your sentiment such pronouncements should never be made public by the Oba of lagos.

  • Preco01

    AMEN to that OBA!

    • Sharia_Haram

      I reject it.

  • Sharia_Haram

    What is the population of Lagos indigenous voters ? Non-indigenous voters will determine Lagos election. You will soon be dethrone. PDP for Lagos.

  • Atom Ant

    I had thought the appellate of “Alayeluwa” for royal fathers means they should have both buccal and anal character by which they are not to open their mouths anyhow nor fart in public. These days both anal and buccal cavities of these royal fathers are opened anyhow. Have we also lost royalty to politics?

  • Outraged

    Sani Tukur how can you write that Lagos is nine million?

    • Aliu Titi

      dont be outraged..he said ‘over’ nine million, even if its 100m he is not wrong, though he may be relying on outdated data

  • Olori Apena

    Alhaji Rilwanu Akiolu, your case is in court. The Akinsemoyin family is determined to oust you as Oba of Lagos.
    The cases in court will show evidence that you usurped the throne with bags of cash from Alhaji Bola Tinubu.

    • Onike24

      Really? How did he do that? d

  • abbadd

    Am glad the people of Lagos state will never allow the cancer and disease called PDP to govern them. APC all the way. GOOD GOVERNANCE INTEGRITY,and HONESTY SOMETHING PDP will never have in its arsenal.

  • Danlami

    bad oba.

  • Dunni

    If care is not taken Alhaji Rilwanu Akiolu (Oba of Lagos) will take over
    the job of Joe Igbokwe along with the duties of Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
    At that point the royal palace in Lagos shall become APC headquarters.

  • Psalm 35

    PDP has to be careful and pray hard oo, it seems the man almost went naked to make this declaration lool

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  • Maria

    Mr Writer yo must be drunk to say Lagos is 9 million people…. what planet are you from? Is this still part of the northern propaganda? Lagos is over 20 million …. you need to get information from Lagos state government before publishing trash.

  • shamsuddeen

    It is always good to rely on Almighty God.



  • olawuyi3

    lets wait and see

  • Igbo boy

    My heart swells with pride when I see umu afor successfully fighting the odds everywhere in the world….we are a blessed and beautiful people, keep striving to be the best you can be legitimately….I love you all and I’m proud to be counted as one of u….Gisea ni ike umu nnem!!

  • David Efanga

    Thank you Charles for recognizing and extolling great performance. The Anambrarians at home and in the diaspora should be proud of their incumbent Governor, His Excellency, Willie Obiano and should deliberately encourage him to continue the good work.