- Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele gives details into the rift she had with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who was then governor of Lagos
- Bucknor-Akerele says the rift occurred when she opposed Tinubu's plan to allegedly hijack their party
- The former deputy governor says she resigned when the rift got intense and fetish objects were planted in her office
Senator Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele, a former deputy governor of Lagos, has recalled the incident that resulted in the celebrated political rift she had with her then principal, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Bucknor-Akerele, who would be 80 years old on Tuesday, April 30, made some revelations in an interview she granted the Nigerian Tribune.
According to her, the rift got so intense that fetish objects were planted around her office.
“One of the major challenges I faced in life was when I was the deputy governor to Senator Bola Tinubu. Then, he wanted to take over the party, but I refused to join him in that enterprise.
“As a result, I became his enemy whom he did all things to pull down. During this political crisis, all sorts of stories, which were always published in the newspapers, were concocted by him against me.
“They also went as far as lacing my office with charms. Although, while I did not know whether it was he that personally did that, all I knew was that my office was laced with fetish charms,” she said.
She said her mother and her cousin, Awise Salvage, pressured her to resign from the position since she was an only child. She said she agreed and resigned.
Bucknor-Akerele also recalled the challenge she faced when her house got burnt in 2008.
“In that fire incident, I lost everything. I only came out with my night dress,” she said.
She added that she had to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with some other top politicians in the south west when the camp of the supposed progressives was allegedly hijacked by some people.
“The party was taken over by these anti-progressives forces and so, we had no choice than to leave the camp.
“Having said this, I will like to correct the impression that the PDP, which is the party I belong now, is not progressive. After all, the PDP is a party that advocates good governance in the country.
“It is a party which believes in the welfare of the people. It is a party which believes in using the commonwealth of the people for the overall development of their well being. That is what progressivism is all about,” she said.
Legit.ng earlier reported how Senator Shehu Sani recently said the current war of words between Bola Tinubu, the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, and speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, was fueled by the desire to control the leadership of the ninth National Assembly.
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