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The Shadow Struggle Between Kingmakers, King And Indigenes Of The Land On “Who Governs Lagos” ?

The Oasis Reporters

March 17, 2023









Oba Rilwanu Akiolu of Lagos (left), LP governorship candidate for Lagos State (centre).




Gbadebo, his father and his team, going to see the King.

One very apt discussion point in Lagos gatherings of political chitchats with Sunny Okosun’s hit decades ago, We want to know who rules Papa’s land playing in the background, is the debate on which way Lagos should go, and in what direction?


Less than four days to the gubernatorial election, the news was out that LP (Labour Party) candidate, Architect Gbadebo Rhodes Vivour has visited the Oba of Lagos, his indigenous monarch but who was made King because Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, first governor of Lagos State in the third Republic and now the President-elect of Nigeria, endorsed him.

It is also understood that every other governor after him must have been endorsed by him. He enthrones who he wishes and benches whichever governor he disapproves of. Even if all the Governors from his party prostrate and beg him to let a governor be.

Well, until hurricane Peter Obi swept through Lagos and many other parts of Nigeria.

Peter Obi on a road show, and was awesomely well received by the masses of Lagos.



The gubernatorial candidate in Lagos State visited Oba Akiolu, who prayed for Rhodes-Vivour and wished him well in his future endeavours, and maintained that Rhodes-Vivour vying for political office was not a bad thing, according to a report in Sahara Reporters.



It reads, “The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, on Thursday declared his support for the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the ruling All Progressive Congress(APC) when the governorship candidate of the Labour Party, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour visited his palace”.



In other words, the Oba was urging Gbadebo Rhodes Vivour to prepare towards being a gallant loser, after all, tomorrow is another day.

“The top monarch in the state, who praised the LP flag bearer, for coming out to contest because he had every right to do so, said that his support was for Sanwo-Olu who the monarch projected would win the election on Saturday, March 18.

Akiolu, who prayed for Rhodes-Vivour and wished him well in his future endeavours, maintained that Rhodes-Vivour vying was not wrong.

The monarch stated that he (Rhodes-Vivour) had a bright future, but that he would not win this election.

“Please, don’t relent after this contest but I am fully behind Sanwo-Olu,” he told Rhodes-Vivour.

Akiolu commended Sanwo-Olu for the many giant strides he has recorded as governor, noting he became governor as the most difficult time in the state.

“I am not a hero worshiper and gossiper. For Gbadebo, the future is open to you. God will not kill you; there is nothing wrong in you contesting. All of those contesting are my children”, concluding the report by Sahara Reporters.

Only a few weeks ago, the Lagos monarch had been reported as refusing to see Mr. Peter Obi who came to Lagos on a campaign trip. It was obvious that he would only see Bola Tinubu.

But prominent indigenes of Lagos State like Bode George and others have come from different political parties to endorse the Lagos LP governorship candidate, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour

In a report by Segun Adewole in The Punch, we learn that “the Omo Eko Pataki group, led by former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, Olabode George, on Thursday, endorsed the candidate of the Labour Party in Saturday’s governorship election in Lagos State, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour.

The group announced this at a press conference in Ikoyi attended by the LP candidate and PDP stalwarts.

Addressing newsmen, George said the Omo Eko Pataki group, consisting of former deputy governor of Lagos State under Bola Tinubu, Senator Kofoworola Akerele-Buknor and Mrs Onikepo Oshodi, was born to ensure a free electoral process in Lagos.

Speaking on Saturday’s governorship election in Lagos, the group “insists on the use of electronic transfer of results rather than the unreliable, archaic, manual system.”

Despite all that they say, one unspoken fact that is freely known and believed is that since the commencement of the third Republic in 1999, all the governors of Lagos State have been non indigenous to the state. They came from states as diverse as Ondo, Osun, Ekiti etc, within Yoruba land.


No indigenous Lagosian has governed the state. Now, the Indigenes are letting their voices be heard, saying, This Is Our Lagos (Awa l’okan in Yoruba language), and it is their turn to govern their father’s land.


This was how Suyi Ayodele of Tribune Newspaper put it on Tuesday:

“Someone staked his claim to the presidency of Nigeria with the audacious slogan of Emi L’okan (it is my turn). And he seems to have got it using the Hausa/Fulani/ Kanuri alliance to drive his claim.

The real owners of Lagos are on the streets now, demanding their right to rule themselves.

They seem to be saying, “Awa L’okan” (it is our turn), also forging an alliance with southern ethnic groups, particularly the Igbo. Now, the ajoji godogbo (audacious alien) is jittery and threatening the landlord because the owner wants to rule his land.

Written by Greg Abolo
Additional reporting:
Sahara Reporters
Segun Adewole (Punch)
Suyi Ayodele (Tribune)

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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