- Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, Alaafin of Oyo, said he is not against Atiku Abubakar's presidential ambition
- Adeyemi was reacting to media reports that he said the Yoruba people are happy with President Buhari's reelection bid
- The monarch said the Oyo palace remains neutral as it leaves the ultimate choice to the people under the democratic tradition
Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, Alaafin of Oyo, has condemned media reports that he opposed the ambition of the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, from his palace in Oyo town.
Daily Sun reports that the monarch turned down the background of the recent visit of Atiku’s wife, Titi, to his palace, during which she solicited the support of Oba Adeyemi for the candidature of her husband.
The Alaafin was quoted in the reports as saying the Yoruba people are happy with President Buhari, who is seeking reelection for a second term in office, on the platform of the APC, because he has done more for the Yoruba than any other administration since 1999.
A statement entitled: ‘Tragedy of Fake News’, personally signed by the Alaafin, said: “In recent time, I have been hurt by the pain inflicted on me by the circulation of fake news, especially on social media. Some users of the social media have been taking advantage of anomie to do a lot of havoc in our social life.
“Ordinarily, I cannot imagine how some people will buy crediting statements supposedly from me, even in total falsehood without my consent and permission.
''The most recent and indeed most injurious of such stories was the visit of Titi Abubakar to me recently. “Anybody familiar with my public life would not believe that the language of the said story, which suggested alienation of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar could have emanated from me.
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''This is because all aspirants to all public office at all tiers of government are children of Oyo Palace, the political capital of the Yoruba. ‘Be that as it may, the Oyo Palace remains neutral as it leaves the ultimate choice to the people under the democratic tradition.
''I and the Oyomesi, the Oyo traditional cabinet, accorded Titi Atiku all courtesies befitting a distinguished Yoruba daughter, a loyal wife and example of virtuous womanhood, who took hundreds of Nigerian girls away from the streets of various Italian cities, brought them back home, rehabilitated and gave them vocational training and occupation.’’
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Anambra state government disassociated itself from a purported statement issued by Ohanaeze Ndigbo endorsing the candidacy of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate, for the February 16 presidential election.
Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, the secretary to Anambra government, made the disclosure in a statement made available to newsmen in Enugu state.
He declared that the contents of the communiqué did not reflect the Anambra government’s position.
It will be recalled that an arm of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo ‘Ime Obi’ arising from a meeting on Thursday in Enugu declared support for Abubakar. Ime Obi is like a rapid response arm of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, comprising delegations from the seven states that make up the organisation including state governors.
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