Ex-Lagos deputy gov rescinds vow to renounce citizenship over Tinubu’s victory

FORMER Lagos State deputy governor, Sinatu Ojikutu, has rescinded her vow to renounce her Nigerian citizenship over Bola Tinubu’s victory in the 2023 presidential election.

Ojikutu had, shortly after Tinubu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was declared winner of the presidential election, announced that she will renounce her Nigerian citizenship and relocate abroad.

She said the decision was as a result of the outcome of the presidential poll.

However Ojikutu has changed her mind, saying she was convinced by friends and members of her religious group to reverse the decision.

Speaking in an interview published by The Punch on Saturday, May 6, the former deputy governor said her problems with the President-elect started after former President Olusegun Obasanjo acknowledged her at a government function.

Ojikutu alleged that the problem with Tinubu led to the death of her husband.

“My husband was poisoned by the food he took at a club. I warned him when he was relating with people who were Tinubu’s beneficiaries and he was always saying Lagos deserved better in terms of the management of the office (of the governor).”

Ojikutu lamented that she was denied her entitlements as a former deputy governor and her close associates are being witch-hunted.

She noted that her erstwhile decision to renounce her citizens was to avoid being victimised.

“If it is not a threat to my life, I will still suffer because I know that everything that has a beginning must have an end, but it should not end with my life. What did I do that must end with my life?”

Ojikutu further alleged that the result of the presidential election was compromised in favour of Tinubu, adding that Tinubu’s legitimacy will be questioned.

The ICIR earlier reported that Ojikutu announced that she was in the process of renouncing her Nigerian citizenship and relocating from the country following Bola Tinubu’s victory in the 2023 presidential election.

She made the disclosure while addressing a press conference in Lagos on April 12.



    She declared that she would not hold a Nigerian passport with Tinubu as President and wants to find a new home where she can live peacefully.

    According to her, she had contacted lawyers to help her identify a country where she can obtain citizenship.

    Ojikutu also said she does not intend to travel to the United States or the United Kingdom, but instead prefers a simpler country to live in.

    “I will not hold a Nigerian passport with Bola Tinubu as President,” she said.

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