Former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji has affirmed his position of support towards the second term ambition of the current governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode.
Ikuforiji made this known on Wednesday in a statement signed and made available to journalists in which he refuted reports making rounds about the intentions of the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to use him as a replacement for Ambode in the forthcoming 2019 Governorship elections in Lagos.
“It is important to tell the world that there is no iota of truth in it and I also want to point out that I am the first person in the entire APC setting in Lagos to have noticed and to have come to a conclusion that our Governor by the time he finishes the second or third year, everybody would have seen that he deserves a second term and that there is no vacancy in Alausa.
“I said that much as far back as May 2016, during his first anniversary that there is no vacancy in Alausa and I have no reason to change my mind now, but I have more reasons to reaffirm that position,” the former Lagos Speaker said.
He referred to the report as false and a strategy of detractors and mischief makers within the party bent on destroying the cordial relationship that exists between him and Governor Ambode thereby creating an illusion where none exists.
He said: There is no iota of truth in it and this is just the handiwork of crooked persons who unfortuately we have found ourselves in the same boat with.
“They are just out to make mischief because it is their own stock in trade. They have tried all means to push the Governor and have seen that with God and his performance, he is a popular Governor and there is not much they can do with him.
“Now they want to start creating trouble with anyone that they feel is in good relationship with him and of course I know the unscrupulous person who started this whole thing.”
The Ex Speaker also explained that his interests do not resonate with the author of the baseless report but to speak out so as to dissuade the minds of “many gullible followers of ours who may just not be smart enough to read in between the lines”
“You can see the article the guy wrote, there was no source quoted. You can see how silly the person is. No journalist of repute can write an article like that.”
Ikuforiji, also said that the writer’s intentions have largely failed adding that Governor Ambode’s second term ambition would be secured with it being more outstanding than his first.