The Inspector General of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba
has been petitioned by the Lagos state APC Integrity
Group calling for the immediate arrest and prosecution
of a governorship aspirant of the party, Mr Akinwunmi
Ambode for committing perjury in his INEC form and
his JAMB form.
The group in its petition, an electronic copy of which
was mailed to iReports-ng.com, stated that “We have
just discovered that one of the 13 governorship
aspirants of our great party, the APC, in Lagos, Mr
Akinwunmi Ambode recently submitted Expression of
Interest form wherein he lied under oath that he is an
indigene of Lagos state. We wish to draw your
attention sir to the fact that the same person had in
his JAMB admission form in 1981 also filled his state
of origin to be Ondo state. You may also wish to know
sir that Mr Ambode had in his application form
number JAMB/DE.03 and registration number 646789
filled in his own handwriting that he is an indigene of
Ondo state in the portion of the form which asks his
state of origin.
“Attempts in recent times by Mr Ambode to claim Epe
as his town have been severally rebuffed by leaders of
the town. Hence our request to you to use your good
office to investigate this obvious case of perjury.
Attached herewith are copies of the two forms where
the suspect committed the crime for your records,
perusal and immediate action.”
It will be recalled that the Edu family of Epe in Lagos
east had in May this year come out to disown him,
stating that the aspirant is not a member of the family
as he has claimed. The Baale Buraimo Edu family he
claims to belong to in Epe had issued the statement to
disown him. The family, in a release signed by both
Alhaji M. Oladeinde Edu and Alhaji T. A. Edu, also
insisted that Ambode hailed from Ilaje in Ese Odo area
of Ondo State and not from Epe as he claimed.
According to the release, the family stated that the
Baale Edu while alive had 22 wives and 38 children
and challenged Ambode and his supporters to trace
his side of the Edu family tree and name his mother
among the 22 wives. According to them “We hereby
bring it to the notice of all Lagosians that we have
tried but could not trace where the said Akinwumi
Ambode belongs in the family tree of Baale Buraimo
Edu of Epe.
“At this juncture, we can categorically state here that
in actual fact, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode was a son of
Festus Akinwale Ambode, one of the teachers posted
to Epe in the old Western Region; a native of Ilaje Ese
Odo in the present day Ondo State.
“As a school teacher, the elder Ambode was very
familiar and friendly with several Epe indigenes. The
older Ambode came to Epe through the waterways. He
came with his wife, Christianah Oluleye Ambode (nee
Oresanya), who though initially did not stay with him
which made the older Ambode marry a second wife, an
Epe daughter, popularly called ‘Iya Vice from Poka,
“She was a food seller in Epe Grammar School. This
development led to Akinwunmi Ambode’s mother who
also hails from Ilaje Ese Odo in Ondo State to
eventually relocate to Epe to stay with her husband,”
the family said.
According to Edu family, at death, Ambode’s father’s
corpse was taken back to Ilaje, Ondo State for burial
in line with the dictates of tradition and royalty as he
was a prince, adding that, “The royalty from the
kingdom came with the full royal insignia and ferried
his remains back to Ilaje land for interment.
“With these facts stated above, it is a rude shock to
the entire clan of the Edus in Epe that the said Mr.
Akinwunmi Ambode is laying claims to being a clan of
the Edus. We reject this linkage, both paternal and
maternal, or even marital,” the family said.