Prior before going to the campaign venue yesterday, president Goodluck Jonathan paid a homage to the Oba of Lagos to seek his blessings before proceeding to TBS where the he flagged off his presidential campaign rally.
Oba Rilwan Akiolu, commended Jonathan for honoring him and wished him success in his campaigns. while receiving the president at his palace, the Oba said that President Goodluck Jonathan should not be blamed for the country’s woes, pointing that the problems of the country predated Jonathan’s administration.
He also said that the issues of corruption in the country is not to be left for the government alone but should be the sole responsibility of every Nigerian, as it is said to cut across at all levels in the society.
“What will be, will be; God Almighty will give the best person the opportunity to lead this country.
“Mr President, God knows the best; I am happy; what I want are free and fair elections.
“I am happy that Mr President directed INEC to ensure that voters’ cards are distributed to every eligible member of the electorate,’’ he said.
He urged INEC to ensure distribution of voters’ cards, saying that Lagos had more than six million eligible voters.
The monarch urged that security agents should not be unfairly used against any citizen during the general elections.
According to him, both the PDP governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje, and his APC counterpart, Akinwunmi Ambode, are his children.
He said that he had presented Mr. Ambode’s candidature for God’s blessing at the 2014 Hajj in Saudi Arabia but noted that God would always have the final say.
The Oba expressed confidence that Nigeria would be more united after the elections.
Mr. Akiolu accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of not treating Lagos well during his administration and leaving many problems unsolved in the country.
Earlier, Mr. Jonathan said he went to the palace to pay homage to the royal father and sought his prayers and support for his ambition.
The president said that the Nigerian government under the PDP had done much for the country, contrary to claims by the opposition.
He said that his administration did not believe in blowing its trumpet but determined to meet the expectations of the citizenry.
Mr. Jonathan said his administration had revived rail transport system, improved road network, created jobs and implemented policies aimed at economic advancement, among other achievements.