‘Humiliate Tinubu and Incur the Wrath of the Yoruba Land’ – Fayose
The present travails of national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has drawn out conspiracy theorists like moth to a flame, and the latest to bare his thoughts on the development is Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose.
Never one to pull punches, Governor Fayose has described the current persecution of Bola Tinubu as a grand conspiracy and crude attempt to humiliate and reduce the political influence of the former Lagos State governor and an important Yoruba leader, Vanguard writes.
Put under the cosh in the party he almost singlehandedly built, Tinubu was forced to unleash a salvo last weekend on the APC national chairman John Oyegun. In the wake of the sponsored protest against him at the party’s national secretariat on Tuesday, Fayose has risen in his defence, saying, “humiliation of Tinubu is as good as humiliation of the Yoruba race.”
Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose, said; “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.”
“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!”
He warned that the Yoruba should be vigilant against “external aggressors” who have always sought to pull them down.
“It should be noted that late Chief Obafemi Awolowo was sent to jail by the conspiracy and collaboration of some Yorubas 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.”
Fayose called for greater unity among Yorubas and warned those hoping to make political gain from the imbroglio to have a rethink.