Babajide Sanwo-Olu, an All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate has reacted, in a press conference, to comments made about him by the Lagos state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.
Ambode, at a press conference which he held on Sunday, September 30, 2018, said that Sanwo-Olu was arrested in US for spending fake dollars.
The Lagos state Governor also said:
“This particular aspirant is somebody that has been arrested for spend fake dollars in a nightclub in America, and he has been detained for months.
“He doesn’t have the competence to do what he is being propelled to do. This is somebody that has gone for rehabilitation before. The records are there at the Gbagada General Hospital. we don’t want to go too far. Our leadership should have a rethink.”
In his response, Sanwo-Olu said he would not disrespect the office of the Governor, adding that he has forgiven Ambode.
“I felt sad for Lagos as I watched Press Conference by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. Many things he said was beneath the dignity of our people and the exalted office he now holds.
“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.
“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.”
The APC guber candidate also said that he will not launch an attack on anybody even when he is attacked.
“Let it be heard by all that I hold the people of Lagos state with great respect and affection. Their welfare is my utmost concern and it is what drives my pursuit for the governorship nomination of the APC.
“As such, I also hold the office of governor of our state in high esteem. I shall never consciously do anything that will undermine the dignity of the office nor will I engage in personal attacks against the holder of that officer.
“My pursuit of office will continue to be based upon issues that matter to Lagosians and not on attacks against someone’s character, even when he attack mine.
“For anyone to engage in unwarranted character attacks against me, reveals more about that person’s character than it says about mine,” he added.
Sanwo-Olu also debunked Ambode’s claim that he was arrested in the US for spending fake dollars.