Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the APC governorship candidate in Lagos State, has stated that his visit to Gbagada Hospital was to help the needy and not to treat any form of mental imbalance.
Sanwo-Olu, who spoke on Sunrise Daily, a live programme of Channels Television, on Wednesday morning, was responding to claims by incumbent Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and former aspirant for the governorship ticket that the APC candidate had undergone rehabilitation at Gbagada General Hospital.
Akinbode had addressed a public gathering on September 30, making the claim. He has since campaigned for Sanwo-Olu’s election come 2019.
The ex-commissioner, however, stated that in politics, people are bound to make unfounded allegations in a bid to gain the upper hand.
“This is me. I’m 53 years old. I’m sure I’m older than all of you (programme anchors).
“I missed my exercise this morning just because I needed to come here. But you know, in all of the things you’ve talked about, people get overly excited. For whatever it is, emotions will rise.
“People will say things that they haven’t corroborated very well. People will say things that they haven’t checked.
“It’s not him (Ambode) that would have gone there to check; someone must have hurriedly said that and just in the bid to catch up, you hold on to anything.”
According to the APC candidate, since his first exit from government office, he ensures that every year, he gives back to the society through his non-governmental organisation.
“In fact, we’re doing something today at Eko Hotel for 5,000 or 6,000 kids. I go round and give to the poor. I’ve been training people and doing a lot in my senatorial district.
“So, I give back to the poor. It’s ensuring that when we have the opportunity, a lot of people need our help and we can do it.
“I go to various hospitals, various orphanages and I just give and give.
“Those were the only times in my life that I ever passed through that hospital that was mentioned. I give to all other hospitals including that hospital. I have never ever been there before. And by the way, my wife is even a medical doctor,” he said.