Reports of a special “Appreciation Dinner” on behalf of Lagos State Governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, currently making the rounds are false, a source close to the duo has said.
The source, speaking for Sanwo-Olu, also warned the public to be wary of unscrupulous elements who may want to use the governor-elect’s good name and that of his deputy to extort money through fraudulent activities.
Apparently to effectively hoodwink and attract the innocent supporters and fans of the newly elected public officials to the occasion, the unidentified persons behind the invitation not only included the names of influential politicians in Lagos state in the invitation, but also ascribed functions to the respective individuals.
National leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, was named father of the day on the invitation.
Immediate past governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, and aspirant for Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, were announced as special guests of honour.
Former Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dele Alake, was named as chief host of the day amongst other notable figures in Lagos.
A source, who said he had spoken with personalities used to headline the suspicious event, said that they were unaware of any appreciation dinner being put together for Sanwo-Olu.
He added that they have condemned those using their names for any possible despicable acts.
“I can tell you unequivocally that the respectable names on that dubious invitation have completely denied and condemned the intention of the faceless hands behind the tricky event for using their names apparently to hoodwink unsuspecting supporters, fans and friends of Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat. And they have also admonished the public to be cautious of fake news and fraudulent people in this era of digital media,” the source said.