In a rather bizarre twist to the 2015 general election narrative, a group named the Greater Lagos Alliance has called for the disqualification of the Lagos State governorship candidate of the All Progressives’ Congress, APC, Akinwunmi Ambode. The group, which claims to be non-partisan, predicated its call on the recent discovery that Ambode allegedly has a history of mental illness.
This is contained in a statement signed by the group’s president, Dr Lanre Adeoye, and made available to our correspondent. According to the statement, “We have been working behind the scenes for the enthronement of a new government that would take off from where Governor Fashola stops from. After assessing the two major candidates (Ambode and Jimi Agbaje of the People’s Democratic Party) and made our position known publicly on who to support based on their competencies and comparative advantages, we are sad to announce the withdrawal of our support for the candidate of the APC.”
Adeoye, a successful American-based neuro-surgeon, hinged the group’s shocking decision on an alleged chanced happening on the condition of Ambode when he came to the US for routine checkup. “We met at a sanatorium where I consult and he was quite open about the fact that he has been managing his situation well. But I wasn’t convinced because the job of governing Lagos is not for somebody with such ailment. Lagos demands someone who is 105 per cent mentally and physically fit,” Adeoye said.
He said further that after several consultations, and after observing, at close range, Ambode’s carryings-on vis a vis his penchant for missing critical political appointments among other frightening habits which have pitted him against party chieftains, “We are constrained to call on INEC to disqualify Ambode because of his mental imbalance. We cannot take such risk in Lagos State.”