The Ndigbo residents in Lagos said despite Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu‘s Anti Igbo comments on Igbos in the state, they have forgiven him and they will vote for continuity.
The group said the statement is not enough to make them change their minds about voting for continuity of the present administration in the state which they believe will further complement the ongoing transformation in Lagos state.
Chairman of Igbo community in Apapa Engr Gabby Dimude said this while addressing Igbos in Lagos state at a stakeholders forum, Gabby said the investments of the Igbos in the state could not be jeopardized on the ground of the anti-Igbo comments by Oba of Lagos.
According to Gabby, “The Oba’s statement remains unfortunate, but it is not going to be an obstacle for us to vote for APC in the Saturday governorship and state house of assembly elections. Our APC leaders have already replied the Oba. But what I am telling the Igbos in Lagos and Apapa to remain calm. We have put that behind us, though, to err is human to forgive is divine.
“What is at stake is bigger than the statement of the Oba, so we have to stick together first, be part of the winning team so that we can move progressivelyToday is a day of history, the Igbos in Apapa, Igbos in oil and gas, maritime, shipping, clearing and forwarding, the owners of the tankers and all Igbos have accepted and agreed to be part of history by voting for APC.For the first time in the history of Nigeria, Lagos and Abuja will be one in terms of federal and state government, that is why we are here to be part of the history”.
Gabby said the Igbo communities in Apapa have decided to follow Ambode and APC House of Assembly candidates, saying “Our interest stands “our interest stands to be protected if the party wins the elections.”
The group also urged Ambode to ensure that Igbo indigenes are given more slots in his cabinet if he wins the polls on April, 11, 2015.
According to Gabby, “The Igbos must be fully represented in Lagos. We are part and parcel of development in Lagos. We pay our taxes. We have two Igbo brothers in Lagos government, but we need more, they should accommodate more Igbo indigenes in their government election.”
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