The truth about my alleged ban on Governor Ajimobi - Tinubu speaks

The truth about my alleged ban on Governor Ajimobi - Tinubu speaks

- Asiwaju Bola Tinubu explains that his intervention in the APC in Oyo state is not about Governor Ajimobi

- Asiwaju Tinubu notes that as governor, Ajimobi can go anywhere he wants within Oyo state and therefore, cannot be stopped at any APC rally

- The national leader describes reports that he sought to ban Ajimobi from rallies as false

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, late Monday, March 4, reacted to reports that he allegedly banned Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state from campaigning for the party.

Tinubu described Ajimobi as his partner and not rival adding that his intervention in Oyo APC is to engender genuine reconciliation not to hide or supplant the governor.

The APC leader said this in reaction to a report by SaharaReporters that he was moving to ban Governor Ajimobi from leading APC campaigns in Oyo because of his intervention in the state.

The report said in preparation, Tinubu was holding discussions with some notable leaders and bringing back to the party's fold former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala.

Tinubu, who described the report as false, called Ajimobi an excellent governor and a faithful member of the APC.

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"He has brought progress to the state and in serving two consecutive terms, Ajimobi made history in Oyo. He is instrumental to anything the APC can achieve in Oyo,” he said in a statement made available to Legit.ng by his media adviser, Tunde Rahman.

The statement said Tinubu was only lending his support to the moves by the governor and the APC in the state.

"This report goes beyond a lie. It is a vindictive attempt to sow discord because the writer is angered by the APC’s success in the presidential election. Thus, the writer has cast truth aside in his angry desire to inflict some kind of electoral wound on the APC.

"Sahara Reporters seems unable to mend its ways. Instead of trying to publish what is fair and accurate, it rather grows its tales from seedlings of untruth and calumny. This online newspaper no longer bothers to offer the pretense of seeking the truth.

“For Sahara Reporters, whatever is sensational must be true and whatever is true must be sensational. The real truth is that SaharaReporters no longer cares if its reportage is right. Sahara Reporters just cares that it is widely read. It dare not allow veracity to hamper its business model. This is a disservice to ethical journalism which honors truthful, accurate reporting.

"The report titled Tinubu Bans Ajimobi from Appearing at APC governorship Rallies is another of Sahara Reporters’ excursions into falsehood. The report claims that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu somehow has banned Governor Abiola Ajimobi from attending APC campaigns for Saturday’s governorship election in Oyo state.

"This report goes beyond a lie. It is a vindictive attempt to sow discord because the writer is angered by the APC’s success in the presidential election. Thus, the writer has cast truth aside in his angry desire to inflict some kind of electoral wound on the APC.

“However, the writer should refrain from this path of falsehood. It would be better for the writer to come to grips with reality and to accept the fact of the APC presidential victory and the likelihood of APC victories in most governorship elections, including that of Oyo.

"The mischief that Sahara Reporters cites is not between Tinubu and Ajimobi. It is solely in the mind of Sahara Reporters. By its unsubstantiated report, the medium seeks to set brother against brother. Asiwaju and Governor Ajimobi have been political brothers and allies for a long time. Their friendship existed long before Sahara Reporters came to the scene and will endure long after this self-diminishing online site is no more," Rahman said in the statement.

The statement added: "Moreover, Governor Ajimobi has been an excellent governor and a faithful member of the APC. He has brought progress to the state and in serving two consecutive terms, Ajimobi made history in Oyo. He is instrumental to anything the APC can achieve in Oyo. The truth is that Asiwaju is not trying to supplant or hide the governor. Instead, Asiwaju is lending his support to the governor’s and APC’s efforts in the state. They are partners not rivals.

"As such, he has held strategic meetings with some notable groups and important individuals. The heart of the discussions was the need for all to come together to achieve victory for APC in the March 9, governorship poll. At no time did the issue of banning anybody, talk less of Governor Ajimobi, enter into the discussions. We want and need Governor Ajimobi to be a visible figure at the forefront of this campaign during these final decisive days. He will prove pivotal to our hope for victory in the state.

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"Sahara Reporters betrayed its abject bias with this report. It makes absolutely no sense to even try to stop a sitting governor from campaigning in that governor’s state. Such a move would only create enmity and hinder, not help a campaign. For Sahara Reporters to claim this is to claim that Asiwaju is a political novice. Asiwaju has never barred anyone from participating in a campaign. Why would he now start with Ajimobi in Ajimobi’s own state?

"In addition to not having such a negative inclination, Asiwaju wields no such power and has no desire to have such power. Ajimobi is a sitting governor who can travel his state as he pleases. Who can dare stop him? We want him in and at the rallies. Asiwaju’s intervention in Oyo was to engender genuine reconciliation. To exclude this good and able governor would have aborted this mission before it started.

"Asiwaju views Governor Ajimobi as highly disciplined and a committed and respected party leader, unlike some others who have no respect for party supremacy. The relationship between them remains solid and loyal. And one hundred false reports by one hundred Sahara Reporters cannot change that reality."

Legit.ng earlier reported that barely five days to the governorship election, a faction of African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Oyo state reportedly told the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, that certain conditions must be met before it could support the ruling party and work for its candidate, Adebayo Adelabu, on Saturday, March 9.

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