Governorship aspirant of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos Babajide Sanwo-Olu has tagged the Governor of Lagos state, Akinwunmi Ambode, a liar.
This came after the Governor claimed that he was arrested in the United States for spending fake American dollars at a nightclub and was rehabilitated for an unknown ailment at the Gbagada General Hospital.
Reacting to this development in a statement, Sanwo-Olu said he would not join issues with the governor or debase the exalted office.
However, he said he would clarify some erroneous statement made by Ambode.
Sanwo-olu said: “His allegation that I was arrested for spending fake dollars at a nightclub in the United States was untrue. In fact, the governor knows I traveled to the United States just last month. I would not have been allowed to travel or even get a visa if I had been involved in what the Governor falsely alleged.
About the alleged statement of being admitted to a hospital for an unknown ailment, the APC aspirant regarded it as a shameless assertion made by the Governor.
“That the Governor claimed that I underwent some unidentified type of “rehabilitation” at the Gbagada General Hospital was also shameless and untrue. Promulgation of salacious rumour should not be part of the job description of a governor. This is not the stuff of high office. People should question whether it is ethically right for the Governor to turn what should be confidential medical information about a citizen into a weapon of political warfare? But for avoidance of doubt, let it be stated that I never received any treatment whatsoever at the Gbagada General Hospital,” he added.
Sanwo-Olu said he felt sad for Lagos as he watched the press conference by Ambode, saying that many things he said were beneath dignity of the people and the exalted office he held.
“Perhaps, the tension and anxiety of the moment got the better of him. If given a chance at cooler reflection of what he said, I am sure he would regret his descent into such low conduct. In this vein, I forgive him and hope he regains his balance and proper comportment no matter the outcome of tomorrow’s contest. After all, we are both here to improve Lagos not to wrestle in its streets,’ he said.
He added that instead of making a convincing defense of his performance, Ambode sought to sow fear into the hearts of Lagosians, stressing that Lagosians were intelligent and brave people.
“They can see through the smoke and the fog. I am here not to tear my opponent down but to help build Lagos up. With me, you will hear about progress on education, health, sanitation, proper tax levels, economic development, infrastructure, jobs, public services and other things that enhance the lives of people. I am a serious person and this primary is a serious matter. I have not the time or inclination to attack character when there are so many real issues to address.
“We will continue to focus on the issues that matter in the lives of the people of Lagos. Lagosians want an answer to the sanitation crisis and loss of jobs caused by Mr. Ambode’s Visionscape misadventure. Our people will want to know why Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has not been able to build a single General Hospital in the State when his immediate predecessor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) built 11 General Hospitals. Lagosians are waiting to hear what our solutions are. They want to know why hundreds of competent civil servants got summarily dismissed and how this has undermined public services.
“As a candidate for the party’s nomination and hopefully as your next governor, my approach will not be to sling insults but to propose solutions to the problems of the day,” he stated.