The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu 1, has identified former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, as two key figures in his ascension to the Lagos throne 19-years ago.
Religion Nigeria reported that the traditional leader who assumed rulership on May 23, 2003, clocked 19 years on the seat on Wednesday,
Akiolu made the disclosure on Wednesday when the Vice President paid a courtesy visit to the palace.
According to a statement by Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, on Thursday, the Oba of Lagos revealed that the vice president taught him (the monarch) when he was a student at the University of Lagos, Akoka.
He said Osinbajo taught him the ‘evidence of striking similarities’ during his (Osinbajo) time as a lecturer at the university.
The statement was titled, ‘Celebration in Lagos as Osinbajo gets electrifying welcome at APC supporters’ meeting’.
Welcoming the vice president, the Oba described him as a complete gentleman to the core and recalled how he was a law student taught by Osinbajo.
According to the Lagos monarch, “the VP taught me about the evidence of striking similarities’ at the University of Lagos.”
He added, “Yesterday, I was 19 years on this enviable throne. Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu and the VP (as Attorney-General of Lagos State) played important roles in me becoming the Oba.”
Responding, Osinbajo who was in Lagos to roundup his nationwide interactions with party delegates ahead of Sunday’s presidential primary, said if elected president, he would ensure Nigeria realises its full potential.
“As I said to the delegates, my intention is to serve this country, honestly, transparently and to do everything in my power to make sure that this country realizes its full potential.
“There is every reason to do that for our country. We must be able to serve this country in such a way and do everything – youth employment, security, the economy, and so many things that the President has focused on in the last seven years. This is the reason why I’m running.”
Meanwhile, Tinubu and Osinbajo will be contesting against each other at the All Progressives Congress’ presidential primary election.scheduled for Sunday, 29th – Monday, 30th of May, 2022.