Presidential Candidate of Hope Democratic Party, HDP, in the last presidential election, Chief Albert Ambrose Owuru has cautioned individuals and groups against politicising the alleged anti-Igbo threat credited to the Oba of Lagos, Alhaji Rilwan Akiolu.
Owuru, who particularly accused the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP of fanning embers of disunity in Lagos to attract Igbo votes and sympathy in tomorrow’s governorship election, asked PDP to stop fishing in another person’s troubled water.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja yesterday, the HDP presidential candidate said that it was unfortunate that PDP has been capitalising on the alleged anti-Igbo statement to instigate the Igbo traders against their host community for political reasons.
The politician argued that PDP will do well for the country and indeed Lagos in promoting issues that promote and enhance the unity and stability of the country rather than instigating tribes against one another.
Owuru, a legal practitioner of over 30 years, insisted that there was nothing strange in the statement credited to the Oba of Lagos, adding that other rulers have said worse things to politicians in the country, including himself.
PDP had at a press conference addressed by Chief Olabode George in Lagos demanded for the suspension of the Lagos monarch and also castigated him in spite of the denial of the alleged comment by the palace.
But the HDP boss frowned at the position of PDP on the sensitive issue and asked the party to learn how to manage crisis, adding that lack of crisis management potentials in PDP led to its loss of power in the last presidential election.
“I am an Igbo title holder and I know that some people have been called rascals by traditional rulers in the past for choosing to challenge some people in power through election. So it is not a new thing when traditional rulers make such statements during electioneering period.
“At any rate, it is unacceptable for such statement to be blown out of proportion by PDP for selfish political gains”, he said.
Owuru, who also took a swipe at the activities of the Oodua People’s Congress, OPC and the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN in Lagos, argued that the Oba of Lagos may have been provoked to utter the statement due to the unlawful activities of the two bodies in his domain.

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