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Fayose: APC’s humiliation of Tinubu is dishonour to Yoruba race

Fayose: APC’s humiliation of Tinubu is dishonour to Yoruba race
October 07
14:00 2016
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Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, has condemned “the continuous dishonourable treatment being meted out” to Bola Tinubu by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Despite saying he would “never” join APC, Fayose, a staunch member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said “the humiliation of Tinubu is as good as humiliation of the Yoruba race”.

Fayose was specifically referring to the content of the book, ‘Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria”, written by John Paden, a part of which suggested that Tinubu did not favour the emergence of Yemi Osinbajo as Buhari’s running mate ahead of the 2015 presidential election.

“Even though I am not a member of APC and I will never be, I have been elected to stand in defence of the Yoruba nation once again by saying no to the continuous dishonourable treatment being meted on Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, having paid his dues,” Fayose said in a statement issued by Lere Olayinka, his special assistant on public communications and new media.

“If Tinubu is allowed to be embarrassed and disgraced just the way our past leaders were humiliated by these same elements, the Yoruba nation would have been made to suffer for uprightness.”

Condemning Tuesday’s “sponsored protest against the APC leader at the party’s national secretariat”, Fayose said: “It is unfortunate that Tinubu is now being vilified in a party he invested heavily in and his fellow kinsmen that he brought up politically are part of this conspiracy.

“In their desperation, they have even tried to set him against the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, by insinuating that tried to prevent his (Osinbajo) emergence as President Mohammadu Buhari’s running mate, this is sad!

“When other tribes protect own, it is becoming historically common among the Yoruba to allow themselves to be used against their leaders just for momentary political gains at the expense of the collective interests of the Yoruba nation.

“It should be noted that late Chief Obafemi Awolowo was sent to jail by the conspiracy and collaboration of some Yoruba with the external aggressors.

“Tinubu is a prominent stakeholder, we should not sit back and watch while those he used his own sweat to make conspired with others to humiliate him.

“Most importantly, it is my position that irrespective of political affiliation, no leader of the Yoruba nation must be vilified unduly, especially by the same people who humiliated our past leaders like Obafemi Awolowo, Adekunle Ajasin, Bola Ige, Bisi Onabanjo, Lateef Jakande and others.

“To me, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu should not be seen just as an APC leader but acknowledged as a major stakeholder in the Yoruba nation that we must all protect beyond politics.

“It should be recalled that these were among the issues that I raised when I visited Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state few months ago on the need to work together beyond party affiliations.

“Here in Yorubaland, it is said that if a household is at peace, it is because the bastard child of the family is yet to attain the age of maturity and those people that Asiwaju Tinubu made but are now being used against him should watch it.

“I therefore condemn this conspiracy against Asiwaju Tinubu and I admonish those that are hoping to make political benefits from it to have a rethink.”

Fayose called for greater unity among the Yoruba, saying: “We are first Yoruba before becoming members of political parties; it is my opinion that our leaders must be defended and protected, not minding the personal gains of today.”

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7 Comments

  1. Prince
    Prince October 07, 14:16

    IT IS SAD

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  2. Oye Patrick Joseph
    Oye Patrick Joseph October 07, 23:08

    It’s partinent to know and to appreciate the fact that Gov Ayodele Fayose has spoken the mind of ODUDUWA DESCENDANTS, posterity will never forget and forgive those that want to soil the name and image of Asiwaju Tinubu.

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  3. anonymous
    anonymous October 08, 08:23

    This is serious.

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  4. Nneji
    Nneji October 08, 09:17

    Buhari and APC are ingrates, could they have won election without Bola Tinubu.

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  5. eaglesfire
    eaglesfire October 08, 11:10

    Bola Tinubu had it coming. He should not mistake Fayose ‘s comments for a desire to join APC.
    My wish is for a happy ending.

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  6. JIL
    JIL October 08, 17:31

    Gov Ayodele Fayose, good talk now as always. It is funny to hear people say “he got it right for the first time”. He has ALWAYS been getting it right but sentiments had always beclouded our sense of judgement.

    For instance, late last year, he released a “time bomb” termed “prophesy for the new year, 2016”. He was called unprintable names and termed Prophet of doom. Can anyone tell us one thing he predicted that has not come to pass (e .g naira will fall to 500naira to a dollar etc)?

    On Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, it’s unfortunate that this is happening to him. However, he should have learnt from history (failure to do so always end up making one to become history). It’s alright if you want to ride on a horse/carmel/donkey. Anyone who has ever tried riding on the back of a tiger always end up being devoured by the same tiger after he must have been used to accomplish the tiger’s purpose. His political alliance with Mr President was doomed to hit the rock right from the take off. Only those who have eyes could have deserned it then anyway

    Back to Governor Ayodele Fayose, more grease to your elbow sir.

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  7. Frayo Onyi
    Frayo Onyi October 09, 00:39

    @Sonya Olaniya I do not want to sound rude to you but you should be mindful of your choice of words. Fayose has suddenly become reasonable because he speaks what you want to hear or rather in your favour. Stop insulting Fayose and note that he is the only person that stand out in Yoruba nation. A man of truth and dignity. Fearless man and a man in terms of boldness and truthful.He is not hypocrisy like otherYorubas. For the last time be very careful the way you thank & address him, he is not your mate and can never be. A word is enough for the wise.

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