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Tinubu’s Rejection Of National Conference Surprises Me – Adebanjo

Posted: Sep 17, 2015 at 12:05 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By  Temidayo Akinsuyi


Elder statesman and  Afenifere chieftain, Chief  Ayo  Adebanjo has said his disagreement with a national leader of the All Progressives  Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola  Tinubu is based on principle.

Adebanjo and Tinubu were both leaders in Afenifere. But disagreements soon broke out shortly after the 2003 general elections, forcing Tinubu’s camp to break away and form the Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG).

Speaking in a chat with Daily Independent, Adebanjo  said while his relationship with the former Lagos State Governor remains cordial, he felt angry and sad when Tinubu rejected the 2014 national conference convened by former president, Goodluck Jonathan, describing it as a ‘Greek gift’.

He argued that it was surprising that Tinubu will now be opposed to the national conference now which was the basis of which he and his colleagues in the South West were elected as governors in 1999.

“There is no quarrel between me and Tinubu.  Our disagreement is based on principles.  One of the disagreements I have against him is that he is now opposed to the national conference a principle on which I campaigned for him to get into office as governor. And we went to the house of assemblies to pass the resolution in all the states.  What has changed?”

“ If he is coming back to our fold, his question of being a dictator will cease.  How many of the candidates of the APC at anytime, either in the local assembly that were elected by the people?  Our quarrel, I repeat is on principle. He saw me recently and he was very respectful to me.  I have never asked him for a favour that he has refused”.

“Our disagreement is on principle and since I have been emphasizing these, he has not refuted it.    He tried to impose a local government chairman on some people and they told him ‘We don’t know this man’. His reply was ‘ Do you know Fashola before I imposed him on you’?”

“During his birthday,  Fashola said ‘My oga (Tinubu)  is a very nice man but we want him to be practicing internal democracy’.  He shocked him and all those who were in attendance by saying ‘ if I am practicing internal democracy, will you be governor?  He said it in the open”.

“Why are people calling him the Lion of Bourdillion?  Awolowo was never known as the lion of Ikenne. Abraham Adesanya was never referred to as the Lion of Apapa. I was national chairmen then, I was never referred to as a lion” he said.