The chairman of the Lagos parks and garages, Musiliu Akinsanya, also known as MC Oluomo, has denied making a threat against voters who would not support the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the elections this coming Saturday.
In a video that circulated on social media on Thursday, Akinsanya was seen telling Igbo people to stay at home if they did not want to support his party in the Lagos governorship race.
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At a Lagos event, MC Oluomo addressed his supporters and made the remarks.
MC Oluomo spoke in Yoruba in the viral video;
We have begged them. If they don’t want to vote for us, it is not a fight. Tell them, Mama Chukwudi, if you don’t want to vote for us, sit down at home. Sit down at home.
The comment elicited criticism on and off social media as many Nigerians asked security operatives to arrest MC Oluomo.
Speaking in a video on Friday, MC Oluomo said his comment that generated controversy is a playful remark with his sister, whose name is “Iya Chukwudi”, adding that he was not referring to Igbo people residing in Lagos.
MC Oluomo wasn't threatening any Ethnic group in the viral Video.
He was at a meeting & jokingly addressing a friend of the house who is like a family member, they all call her "Iya Chukwudi"
Listen to Mc Oluomo & Iya Chukwudi below.
Stop spreading half truths & misinformation. pic.twitter.com/jE9OGbIt6O
— Foundational Yorùbá Boy (@Chrisbamidele) March 17, 2023
The transport union leader said he has always been on the “side of peace” in his activities.
The meeting I went to yesterday, the person I was referring to is my sister – Iya Chukwudi. I was referring to Iya Chukwudi, saying if you will not vote for APC, please sit down at home.
I saw it on social media that people were saying MC said something. I’m always on the side of peace. If you look at Lagos state, there is peace.
Why will I say people should not come out to vote? If people don’t come out to vote, how will APC win the election? How will Igbo and Hausa not vote for APC? APC is my party. Count me out of the viral reports. The person I was referring to was at the meeting.
I was only joking. I did not threaten Igbo. Please ask Igbo in Oshodi, they will tell you that I did not threaten any Igbo.