Jide Sanwo-Olu, an All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Lagos, has replied Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on charges that he has an unresolved criminal allegation and unflattering mental health records.
Mr Sanwo-Olu, now widely deemed the leading candidate for the APC governorship ticket in Lagos, expressed deep sadness in Mr Ambode’s charges against him, saying his utterances were beneath the position of a governor and should be disregarded by residents.
“If given a chance at cooler reflection of what he said, I am sure he would regret his descent into such low conduct,” Mr Sanwo-Olu said in a statement.
He categorically rebuffed claims that he has underwent a rehabilitation for mental health crisis and was once nabbed for spending counterfeit dollars in the United States, a potentially criminal allegation.
Mr Sanwo-Olu’s response came hours after Mr Ambode mounted a podium just outside his office in Alausa on Sunday afternoon, from where he launched a slew of damning attacks against his challenger.
Mr Ambode did not immediately present evidence showing Mr Sanwo-Olu previously underwent treatment for mental health challenges, directing curious residents to proceed to Gbagada General Hospital to obtain the records by themselves.
He also did not immediately provide details of Mr Sanwo-Olu’s alleged use of counterfeit U.S. national currency.
The governor said plots were being hatched by criminal elements in Lagos to spark security crises across the state starting from tomorrow.