Last Saturday, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Lagos, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, caused a massive commotion at the Ikeja Mall and The Palms, Lekki Mall. His presence caused a massive stir in both malls as a hoards of fun-seekers, who had actually besieged the malls to celebrate the Valentine’s day with their loved ones, scrambled to get a glimpse of the unarguable man of the moment.
Known for his unassuming charisma and admirable persona, the reception Ambode got at the Ikeja Mall was unbelievable as the crowd of excited Lagosians grappled in a rush to interact and exchange pleasantries with the much-loved APC candidate. The resulting jostle to get “Ambo-selfies” was so much that Ambode had to practically run out of the mall. His visit almost turned into a rally as crowds of supporters snd admirers started chanting APC ! CHANGE! AMBO ATI DE! Despite the large crowd following him, he managed to stop and greet a lot of children and youths in the thrilling one hour he spent with his teeming admirers within the mall.
One of the people at the Ikeja Mall was quoted as saying, “this man is down to earth, for him to decide to come out this way to celebrate with Lagosians without any fear, this is just too cool”.
Ambode’s running mate, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule, joined him at the Valentine’s day-out to also meet and interact with the people in the buzz. Popular actor and an APC house of assembly candidate, Desmond Elliot, actress Ayo Adesanya and rapper M.I (Jude Abaga), also were with Ambode for the Mall visit.
After his overwhelming experience at the Ikeja Mall, Akinwunmi Ambode headed to The Palms – Lekki Mall where the reception was similarly awesome. Lots of young people stopped to point him out to others and many of them approached him for selfies. Ambode in his usual easy manner obliged every request and exchanged greetings with many people at the mall. After getting a selfie, a young woman was heard saying “he is always smiling”.
He stopped to queue at one of fast food shops before going into a shop to buy some gifts for Valentine. He then went to Soul Lounge with his entourage. While there he was besieged with more supporters and youth seeking for selfies which he duly obliged. There were more chants of “Ambo A ti de! – APC Change!” by the Lekki mall crowd, a clear pointer to the fact that Lagosians want Ambode as their next Executive Governor ahead of the April 11, 2015 poll.
The two mall visits were full of high points, and the overwhelming reception given to the APC governorship candidate by both young and old, further attests to his popularity and acceptance as the leading candidate in the race for the Lagos top job. The opposition have an impossible task of catching up with this man who has taken political campaign to a new level.