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Monday, 17 October 2016

Tinubu's Alliance with the North Caused His Problem in APC - Influential Yoruba Chieftain Explodes

In an exclusive interview with Daily Sun, a key leader of the defunct National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has asserted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Ahmed Bola Tinubu is the cause of his travail in the ruling party.
The nationalist who was one of those that fought for the independence of Nigeria, berated the former Lagos State Governor for forming alliance with the north, and alleged that the North which he referred to as “Fulanis” do not rule but to “dominate,” adding that Tunubu was warned against the alliance but he turned deaf ears to the warnings.

Below are excerpt from the chat;

How do you feel about what is happening between the National Chairman of APC, Odigie Oyegun and the former Lagos governor, Bola Tinubu?

Tinubu caused it himself; I said it. We warned him not to go to that alliance. He does not know the Fulani people and we know them. We have dined with their fathers but he thought he knows better because he believes that Awolowo’s tactics does not pay now, it is his own tactics that pays. How it pays now, he is now seeing it.
Fulani don’t want to rule, they always want to dominate. And the only thing to stop that is the type of the constitution we are advocating. Let everybody be government in his own area; let us agree on a central government and then maintain that central government and that is true federalism. Why should that be, why should any reasonable politician say we’ve been living together and we want to continue when somebody is saying this unity we’re having, we have our complaint.

Great Britain went into European Union, after how many years, they said ah, this thing doesn’t pay us ooo. For that reason, they voted that they want to get out. If they have been satisfied there, they won’t be talking about getting out. The same thing here now, we’ve enjoyed staying together but we say well, there are certain things that are unacceptable to some of us, although we still want to live together but not under this system.

The philosophy behind a national conference is what I’m telling you which some do not want. Because their own is to cheat others and those who are being cheated say no, we’re not going to have to stay with anybody under a system where you’ll cheat me, which is like the unity of the horse and the rider. They’ve been the rider and we’ve been the horse. The question of not being the horse in the unity is what is causing the trouble; that is what is causing the elite of the North not to support restructuring because they’re the beneficiary.

It is because of them that the question of federal character comes in; all the things we’re doing where you put the unqualified people in position and appointments are no longer made on merit. And you know, one beauty under this 2014 constitution, we gave conditions for becoming president. That constitution would have broken this rotational North – South. When it is in the North, it won’t go to the North-West again; it will rotate there. When it’s in the South, it won’t go to Ijaw again; it will rotate there. And we have dissolved power.


Click here to read the full interview with Daily Sun.

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