By Kunle Adedoyin
The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, on Wednesday said the quest of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the president candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to upturn the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential Election Petition Tribunal will fail.
Oba Akiolu advised Atiku to drop his case against Buhari’s re-election, saying he strongly believed the president had the mandate of Nigerians and would finish his second term in office.
The traditional ruler, who spoke when participants of the Senior Executive Course 41 of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, visited him in his palace, also lambasted former president Olusegun Obasanjo saying that his self-acclaimed powers had been demystified by Buhari’s victory at the poll.
The NIPPS delegation is in the state for a study tour of its health sector. The visit is coordinated by NIPSS in collaboration with the Development Research and Project Centre (DRPC) through PACFAH@Scale.
“If anyone of you here is close to Atiku, tell him he can never succeed in what he is doing now.
“Buhari will complete his term in office, but Buhari too has to listen to the people, pray to God and be honest in what he is doing,” Oba Akiolu said.
Atiku and his party is challenging the results at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal saying he won the election and was in possession of evidence that would upturn the declared outcome.
Atiku’s legal team submitted a different result to the tribunal, which showed the former vice-president as the winner of the election, claiming that the results were from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) internal server.
Oba Akiolu, in mocking Obasanjo who had supported Atiku, his former vice, in the election, said Obasanjo had always arrogated to himself the divine power to determine the country’s leaders, but “Buhari’s victory in the last election had demystified him.”
Akiolu said he had always believed Mr Buhari would win the election and that he was glad that the former president “had been proved wrong at the end of the day”.
“I had said that Buhari would win even before the election. Unfortunately, the number one person creating problems in this country is former president Obasanjo.
“He arrogated to himself the powers of the Almighty Allah by saying it was the support he gave to Buhari that made him win the first term.
“Obasanjo said Buhari would not win the second term, but did Buhari not win? Did I not say Obasanjo will be disappointed by the time the results were announced?
“The president’s victory clearly shows power belongs to God only and no man can decide who leads the country,” he noted.
Akiolu said the problems of insecurity, unemployment and other challenges of the country would be better tackled if citizens joined hands with government to address them.
The monarch urged politicians to put the issues of the last elections behind them and work together for the progress of the country.
He expressed optimism that Lagos would benefit from the study tour of the NIPSS delegation.
The Oba said he was delighted that the focus of the tour was to understand the challenges affecting healthcare delivery system in the state, with a view to providing solutions.
Akiolu said qualitative healthcare system was key to improved life expectancy.
He urged the government to improve budgetary allocation to the health sector in line with World Health Organisation standard. He noted that there was a link between quality health care and economic development.
Akiolu also described the NIPSS as a good initiative that had helped shaped policy formulation in the country.
Nasirudeen Usman, the leader of the NIPSS delegation, thanked the Oba for a warm reception. He said the visit was to pay respect to the monarch “as it was the norm for participants to visit distinguished personalities anywhere they go.”