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Femi Otedola in Paris, ‘away from the storm in Lagos’.

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One of Nigeria foremost business men and Chairman of Forte Oil, Mr. Femi Otedola, is currently cooling off in Paris, “away from the storm in Lagos”, he said. This was according to a post on his instagram page today.

You will recall that it was widely reported yesterday (Tuesday September 11, 2018) that Mr. Femi Otedola had accepted the offer to fly the PDP ticket for Lagos gubernatorial election in 2019.

Lagos 2019: Femi Otedola accepts to fly PDP governorship ticket

Mr. Femi Otedola is the son of the former governor of Lagos State, Sir Michael Otedola, who served  from 1992 to 1993 and left office when Abacha came to power.

It is not clear the storm that Mr. Otedola is referring to, whether that of the politics of the gubernatorial election or the serenity of Paris in comparison to Lagos. However, one thing is obvious: Mr. Otedola is enjoying his stay.

Reactions to the posts were mixed. Followers of Mr. Otedola who commented on the post used the opportunity to ask Mr. Otedola if truly he was interested in running for the position of the governor of Lagos State.

A follower, @segun122 advised Mr. Otedola not to allow politicians to tarnish his image, saying he is already a successful businessman.

Some others believe the timing was not right while yet others feel that the governorship position would belittle his status. On the other hand, some think that it is a great move that will help to deepen Nigeria’ democracy.

A particular person who goes by the IG name @lookuchface was of the opinion that Otedola would win the Lagos gubernatorial race if he features a full-fledged igbo or someone with igbo/yoruba blood as his deputy.   

@lookucheface believes this would help Otedola to leverage on the teeming population of Igbo in Lagos to achieve this feat.

Hear him:

Comment by one Ucheface who responded to Otedola’s post on IG.

A flower by the IG name @mo_bola gives a lighter mood to the debate. Here is her comical comments.

Another follower, @iamakpanokon advised Otedola not to waste his money which is what politicians want to do. 

As at the time of updating this write-up, the post has 22,812 likes and 873 comments. 

Would you like to join the conversation? See Mr. Otedola’s post below: