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A group named “The Greater Lagos Alliance”, has called for the disqualification of the Lagos State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Akinwunmi Ambode.
The group said its call became necessary because of Ambode’s alleged “history of mental illness.”
The Greater Lagos Alliance in a statement signed by its President, Dr. Lanre Adeoye, said “We have been working behind the scenes for the enthronement of a new government that would take off from where Governor (Babatunde) Fashola stopped.
“After assessing the two major candidates (Ambode and Jimi Agbaje of the Peoples Democratic Party) and made our position known publicly on who to support based on their competencies and comparative advantages, we are sad to announce the withdrawal of our support for the candidate of the APC.”
Adeoye, an American-based neuro-surgeon, hinged the group’s decision on the condition of Ambode when he travelled to the US for routine checkup.
The statement added: “We met at a sanatorium where I consult and he was quite open about the fact that he has been managing his situation well. But I wasn’t convinced because the job of governing Lagos is not for somebody with such ailment. Lagos demands someone who is 100 per cent mentally and physically fit.”
Adeoye said further that after several consultations and observations at close range, Ambode’s carriage vis a vis his penchant for missing critical political appointments among other frightening habits, which had pitted him against party chieftains, this group has called for his disqualification by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
We are constrained to call on INEC to disqualify Ambode because of his mental imbalance. We cannot take such risk in Lagos State,” Adeoye added.
But reacting, the head of Ambode’s media team, Steve Ayorinde, described as “wicked, baseless and cowardly lies being circulated about our candidate for the Lagos State Governorship Position, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode.”
“The jittery opposition will stop at nothing in its smear campaign having failed to contain the soaring popularity of the APC Governorship candidate. But we are neither bothered nor discouraged; and we know that our numerous supporters and the generality of well-meaning Lagosians can see through the lies and desperations of those who dread a crushing defeat at the forthcoming election.