“His claim that I underwent some unidentified type of ‘rehabilitation’ at the Gbagada General Hospital was also shameless and untrue.”
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s main challenger for the Lagos State governorship ticket, on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC ), Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said rather than join Ambode in personal attacks, he will concentrate on issues-based campaign.
He was, however, quick to add that Ambode’s resort to personal attacks, has further revealed his true nature and character, just as the House of Representatives caucus endorsed him as the party’s candidate.
“Perhaps the tension and anxiety of the moment got the better of him. If given a chance at cooler reflection of what he said, I am sure he would regret his descent into such low conduct.”
Sanwo-Olu further said that at Ambode’s sober moment, he would regret his “descent into such low conduct.”
In a statement, issued by Sanwo-Olu, last night, the governorship aspirant added: “I shall never consciously do anything that will undermine the dignity of the office (of the governor) nor will I engage in personal attacks against the holder of that office. My pursuit of office will continue to be based on issues that matter to Lagosians and not on attacks against someone’s character, even when he attacks mine. For anyone to engage in unwarranted character attacks against me, reveals more about that person’s character than it says about mine. Thus, I felt sad for Lagos as I watched the press conference by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode…In this vein, I forgive him and hope he regains his balance and proper comportment, no matter the outcome of tomorrow’s contest. After all, we are both here to improve Lagos, not to wrestle in its streets.
“However, I must clear up some inaccuracies in the governor’s statement. His allegation that I was arrested for spending fake dollars at a nightclub in the United States was untrue. In fact, the governor knows I travelled to the United States just last month. I would not have been allowed to travel or even gotten a visa if I had been involved in what the governor falsely alleged.
“His claim that I underwent some unidentified type of ‘rehabilitation’ at the Gbagada General Hospital was also shameless and untrue. Promulgation of salacious rumour should not be part of the job description of a governor. This is not the stuff of high office. People should question whether it is ethically right for the governor to turn what should be confidential medical information about a citizen into a weapon of political warfare? But for avoidance of doubt, let it be stated that I never received any treatment whatsoever at the Gbagada General Hospital,” he said.