A key leader of the defunct National Democratic Coalition, NADECO, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has asserted that the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ahmed Bola Tinubu is the cause of his travail in the party.
Tinubu, has come under attack following his call that APC National Chairman, Chief John Oyegunresigns from office due to the party’s decision to overrule the decision of its National Working Committee, NWC, which cancelled and ordered the conduct of a fresh primary in Ondo State .
Similarly, a Chairman of the Alliance for Democracy, AD, Board of Trustees, BoT, Senator Mojisoluwa Akinfenwa, had last week said Tinubu is the architect of his current travail.
But 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.
Alleging that the North which he referred to as “Fulanis” do not rule but to “dominate,”Adebanjo claimed that Tunubu was warned against the alliance but he turned deaf ears to the warnings.
In an interview with The Sun, Adebanjo said, “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.”
Throwing his weight behind the call for restructuring of the country, the nationalist said, “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.”
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