Former presidential candidate and renowned economist, Professor Pat Utomi has risen to defend Oba Rilwan Akiolu after he was accused of threatening Igbos in Lagos if they fail to vote Akinwunmi Ambode of the All Progressives Congress in April 11 elections.
Utomi tried to play down claims that the Oba said Igbos will perish in the lagoon by writing on Twitter. “The arena of politics slippery slope. The remarks by the Oba of Lagos are inappropriate but all who know him know he talks so in jest,” he wrote on his Twitter account.
“Have known Oba Akiolu for 20 years. He says worse to me every time we see but I have no doubt he is fond of me. How do you tell outsiders so,” he quizzed.
Utomi said Oba Akiolu jokes a lot and that the statement to the Igbos could be one of his jokes. “Typical of Oba as he sees me: Pat go return our land where you built that Lagos Business School. I respond; hold Asiwaju who signed Cerfticate of Occupancy,” he said.