- Abdullahi Bodejo, the national president of Miyetti Allah, said the APC leader, Tinubu, cannot become Nigeria's president
- The Miyetti Allah said Tinubu is too old and is not widely accepted as a leader in the southwest region
- Bodejo said that power will remain in the north in 2023, adding that nobody in the south has national appeal to become Nigeria's president
Abdullahi Bodejo, the national president of Miyetti Allah, has dismissed the possibility of the former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, succeeding President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
In an interview The Sun newspaper, Bodejo listed reasons why he believed Tinubu cannot become Nigeria's president and stated that power will still remain in the north after Buhari.
Bodejo said Tinubu cannot be president because he is very old is not widely recognised as southwest leader.
He also downplayed Tinubu's role in the emergence of Buhari is president in 2015.
His words: "I have told you that 2015 is now history. Even me talking to you now, do you know the role I played in 2015? People played all manner of politics in 2015 and Tinubu was not the only person.
"What I know is that Tinubu cannot be the president of Nigeria. That is the truth. He is very old and maybe older than President Buhari. Some people see Tinubu like one big masquerade but he is not. Some think that he is the Yoruba leader but he is not.
"He is also like Obasanjo; some people see the former president as a small god but he is not. In my last interview before the election, I said it that Obasanjo has only one vote like any other person. What happened? Did it not turn out like that?
"Everybody’s eyes are already open now. If Tinubu is recognized by the Yoruba people as their leader, why did Buhari score 50 per cent there? Why did he not ask them to give him like even 60 per cent at least? Tinubu has failed and that is the truth. Or are you telling me that Tinubu did anti-party activities by telling the southwest to share the votes 50/50 to APC and PDP?"
Asked further why he was not supporting the southwest for the presidency despite the region's support for President Buhari in 2015, Bodejo said "nobody should say the southwest made Buhari to win".
He said: "You are talking about 2015; it has passed and is now history. Remember that former President Olusegun Obasanjo ruled the country for eight years. In 2019, the southwest gave Buhari 50% of their votes and you say they should be supported to be president. They played real politics in 2019.
"I am not a politician but they played the real game of politics in 2019. They divided their votes 50/50 for the two major parties. Nobody should say the southwest made Buhari to win. No; Buhari won the election clearly and he was voted by all Nigerians who love him. Nobody should come out to say he is the person that made Buhari to win. Even spirits voted for Buhari in the election."
Bodejo added that power will remain in the north in 2023, arguing that nobody in the south is nationally accepted to become Nigeria's president.
He said: "Yes, power is going to remain in the north. Tell me one person in the south that is nationally accepted that can rule Nigeria like Buhari? The people who made Nigeria what it is today are from the North. People like Awolowo and Zik tried but where are such people in the south now? That time, they were patriotic and they did not allow themselves to be deceived with the issues of religion and ethnicity.
"They were patriotic and they believed in Nigeria. But most of the people now from the South who say they want to be president of Nigeria are not patriotic. They are selfish. Most politicians from the North are concerned about the unity of Nigeria and how to keep the country together, and not what they will gain from the position. God forbid that some kind of people would start ruling the country; I see some people that if you give them power, they can just concentrate everything in one area."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a member of the Lagos House of Assembly, Yakubu Balogun, faulted claims suggesting Tinubu is a fascist and power grabber.
The lawmaker who was reacting to claims by Yakubu Dogara that Tinubu wanted to control all levers of government, told journalists on Thursday, April 25, that the APC leader is a builder of men.
“I will to express my sincere appreciation to my political mentor, my indefatigable, resourceful, visionary, compassionate, God anointed political leader-Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a fisher and builder of men (and women) from nothing to something, the helper and elevator of the downtrodden and above all, a non-fascist and non-power grabber,” Balogun said.
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