Being a strong Ambode person, I must confess that these few days have been quite strenuous for me. I have watched very closely as events unfolded from the initial rumours of a stress in the relationship between Ambode and the very influential and powerful Godfather, Asiwaju, down to the collection of the nomination form by His Excellency and the eventual emergence of Mr. Sanwo-olu and one Mr Hamzat, thereby signposting what some have called the pointing of the gun at the incumbent.
I have gone to bed daily believing that by the time I wake up whatever it is that is riling the powers that be would be resolved and Ambode would be given his second term.
But alas, each time I wake up, it just gets worse for my principal.
Risking purveying fake news, I have heard so much. His wife humiliated a priest, Lagos State civil servants don’t like him, Visonscape annoyed party rank and file, the Land Use Act was total rubbish, he is arrogant and does not take calls, he gave contracts only to his crony and the funniest so far, was the one that talked about the former Inspector General of Police not being able to reach him to forewarn him about his impending doom despite trying him on the phone for over 200 times.
Well, today, the narrative has been changed, orchestrated by those who control the media and by extension our thinking. So all of a sudden, Ambode is now the devil, worse thing that has ever happened to Lagos. He has destroyed the system and pushed Lagos beyond where the Asiwaju met it. Wait o, still coming. The great Asiwaju’s hands are now tied. If he attempts to save Ambode, he would be expelled and he would no longer be who he is in Lagos. Pleeeeeease!
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So what is the real issue in all these? We may not know just yet, but truth remains that in the seeming demystification of Ambode what he has done to offend the true Lagosian on the ground has not been amplified. All we hear is Visionscape and Land Use but the many projects that has been put in place and applauded by these same people who are now crucifying him have not come in contention in a bid to save his candidacy.
How short sighted can we be as a people. At what point will the baying mob stop and bow to the voice of reason and to those who remain experts in rousing the angst of the masses using spurious and self serving excuses? I remain in deep respect for this uncanny ability.
For the incoming prince, I exhort him to sleep with one eye open. He must understand the nuances that would keep him continually in the good books of the forces that is throwing him up. The dance remains skeletal as it is moved by very macabre music. I wish him well, even as I know for certain, that in four years time if he emerges, he would sing the dirge on our lips today.
I wish him well.
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