Purveyors of fake news are again up in arms spinning all sorts of phony and fallacious allegations against the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode principally to the effect that he is secretly funding the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Jimi Agbaje against that of his party – All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
For the agents of perdition behind the spurious claims, it is a familiar turf and in fact their stock in trade since they can do anything to justify the crumbs from their paymaster. Besides, this is their season and so I am not really surprised at the level of foolhardiness they have demonstrated so far in spinelessly leveling baseless accusations against the Governor.
One striking thing for me, although, is that those behind the numerous sham claims against Ambode are not man enough to come out with their identities thus rendering the whole process an exercise in futility more so that the reality on ground is manifestly glaring to the contrary.
In the latest article, again written by a faceless author, the same tradition of concocting spurious claims was adopted just that this time around, the said author went to the lowest ebb of shamelessly claiming transfers of money to Agbaje without showing proof. At least, if you can claim that monies were transferred, you should go a step further to show us evidence of the transfer.
The truth of the matter is that I don’t know what they really want Ambode to do despite the injustice meted to him, and the fact that not minding that, the Governor had indeed moved on and working for the party.
It is a common knowledge that after the fallout of the APC governorship primaries in the State, the Governor accepted the results and abided by the party’s decision. He attended peace meetings and encouraged his supporters to move on. He was even commended by Kebbi and Borno State Governors – Alhaji Atiku Bagudu and Alhaji Kashim Shettima respectively for his disposition which had ensured that the party in the State remains united. The President, Muhammadu Buhari also thanked him, and even urged all other aggrieved aspirants to emulate the Lagos Governor.
But some unscrupulous persons keep pushing the narrative that Ambode is working for PDP. There is absolutely no basis for it. The Governor has since that time being campaigning for Sanwo-Olu, inviting him to functions and encouraging Lagosians and voters to vote enmasse for the APC.
So, how come some deluded individuals are hell bent on dragging his name to the mud? They cannot prove these allegations, if they can, they should come out and show it to the world rather than hide behind social media to advance their already failed smear campaign against Ambode.
Nigerians and Lagosians are wiser. Governor Ambode, as far as the 2019 elections is concerned, is working for President Buhari and Sanwo-Olu’s victory. He is an Omoluabi to the core and he has shown this from the word go. Those who have contrary opinion should prove it and show evidence or forever keep their mouth shut!
Segun Babatunde, political analyst and resident in Ibeju Lekki, Lagos