Hundreds of shop owners were reportedly forced to shut-down their shops at the Idumota Market, Lagos Island and ordered to go and join the campaign of Lagos state.
This is coming few days after the Lagos monarch threatened Igbos resident in the mega city to vote Ambode in the upcoming governorship and state house of assembly elections this Saturday or risk being thrown in the Lagos lagoon.
One of the traders in an sms message to reporters said, “We arrived Idumota market to our shops as early as 8am. Shortly after, some thugs came, ordering us shut our shops on the orders of Oba Akiolu. They gave us 10 minutes to hurriedly close shops and join the waiting vehicles parked in front of his palace, and heading to Orile, venue of Ambode’s campaign led by the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.”
Some of the traders who deal in pharmaceutical products in the market told Blackbox Nigeria that when they arrived the market, some messengers informed them that Oba Akiolu ordered everyone to close shop and join buses numbering over 100.
A Pharmaceutical products dealer, said: “We were shocked at what happened today (Tuesday) in Idumota market. When we got to the market, we were caught unawares by a purported order from the Oba of Lagos, directing all traders to close shop and join a bus heading for Ambode’s campaign.
“We were shocked by this directive, because we were never informed the previous day (Monday) about this directive. More worrisome is the fact that I lost millions of naira because of this self-serving coercion by the Oba,” he said.
Another pharmaceutical products dealer, said: “I feel this recent forceful directive by the Oba is in fulfilment of his recent threat to deal with Ndigbo if they fail to vote for his preferred candidate. But as far as I am concerned, no amount of threat or coercion will deter me from making my choice at the forthcoming governorship election in Lagos State.”
Meanwhile, Some of the Igbos in Lagos in reaction to the Oba’s recent threat, have promised not to vote for Ambode in the forthcoming Saturday election, daring Akiolu to go ahead with his threat.
In reaction to the Oba’s comment, the Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), has issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the monarch asking him to “retract and unconditionally apologise to Ndigbo” over the death threats.