Former governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday urged his supporters and the general public to remain calm and law-abiding as there was no cause for alarm.
Ambode, in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Habib Aruna, spoke against the backdrop of a search by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on his Epe country home and Parkview Ikoyi residence, where, he said, the anti-graft agency conducted the exercise without any incident.
However a video that has gone viral on the internet showed citizens of Lagos state, especially Okada (commercial motorcycle) operators confronting agents of the anti-graft agency at Ambode’s residence to the point where the agents had to drive off in a hurry after firing some gunshots into the air, apparently to scare off the agitated and menacing crowd.
The people, in the video, were vigorously resisting the operatives who were accompanied by armed Police personnel and prevented them from gaining access into one of the homes of the former governor.
Ambode is apparently having a running battle with his erstwhile godfather, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, who, himself is a former governor of Lagos state.
It is widely held that Tinubu stopped Ambode’s second term ambition and it is also rumored that he equally scuttled his aspiration to become a minister in the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari. Some believe, strongly, that he may be behind the EFCC’s investigation of Ambode .
Ambode, in the statement, however, said that the EFCC, till date, has not opened any direct communication with him on any issue, adding that he was ready and willing to respond if or when they do so.
The statement reads: “This morning, operatives of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission visited the Epe Country home and Parkview Ikoyi residence of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, former Governor of Lagos State, with warrants to conduct a search. These searches were carried out extensively and at the end of the exercise the operatives left without any incident.
“The former Governor reiterates that the EFCC has till date not had any direct communication with him on any subject matter whatsoever and if or when it occurs he is ready and willing to respond.
“The former governor wishes to assure his supporters and the generality of Lagosians to continue to remain calm and law-abiding as there is no cause for alarm.”
The former governor reiterated his belief in the rule of law and due process and remains grateful for the opportunity to have served Lagos State diligently and conscientiously.
It would be recalled that Ambode, in an earlier response to allegations by the EFCC that it had frozen certain accounts linked to him, insisted that no account of his contained N9.9bn let alone being frozen by the Commission as those accounts were opened and operated by the Lagos State Government.