The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, has told any prospective aspirants for Lagos state’s governorship in 2019 to not waste their time.

Speaking at the 21st convocation of Lagos State University, Oba Akiolu said that incumbent governor Akin Ambode had performed excellently, and deserved a second term.

He said: “And that was why about nine months to the 2015 governorship election, I told residents of Lagos that Ambode will be the next governor of the state either they vote or not but that all doubt me.

“Few days ago, one of the aspirants greeted me and alleged that I halted his ambition. No one should come out in 2019 and declare his ambition.

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“The only way to avoid not wasting their money is to support Ambode and his deputy to rule Lagos for the next six years.”

“That was why about nine months to the 2015 governorship election, I said Ambode would be the next governor whether they vote or not.

“But all of them doubted me. I often pray before and after leaving the bed. That is one of few things I learnt from the late father of Prof. Peter Oke-Bukola, who served as my cadet officer then. Even though he was much older than I am, he was very humble.

“The prayer has helped me a lot. The state of Nigeria indicates the type of police it gets. As a police officer, I served for 32 years. That is why I can confidently say I never collected money from anyone before performing my duties as a law enforcement officer”, he said.

Ambode also spoke at the event, and revealed he was planning to build a 6,000-room hostel for the school to ease studying.