- A south-west group has accused Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of having an expansionist agenda
- The group, Southwest Consensus Group (SCG), called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the north to be wary of Tinubu
- The group lamented that the APC national leader has been marginalizing the south-west zone in favour of Lagos-based or bred politicians
A group, the Southwest Consensus Group (SCG), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the north to be wary of the expansionist agenda of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The group counseled President Buhari to give the arm twisting tactics of the former Lagos state governor a second thought, warning that the loud cry of marginalization by a section of the south-west is Tinubu's initiative.
The group further averred that the APC national leader has in reality been the one marginalizing the zone in favour of Lagos-based or bred politicians.
The group, in a statement issued on Wednesday, May 15 by its chairman, Timothy Enietan-Matthews, said the former governor have not only shown he is the most powerful member of the ruling party but have also made his adopted state the most powerful state in the region.
His words: “He has since the inception of the APC administration cornered and empowered Lagos politicians and positioned them for takeover in the nearest future
“The Yoruba agitation is loud but unheard because the seeming marginalisation of the region is man or self inflicted.
“The Lagos landlord can't be said to be fighting for the Yoruba people as his antecedent during the NASS leadership struggle in 2011, when he abandoned two Yoruba candidates to support Aminu Tambuwal and ensured members of his party voted against the two Yoruba candidates speaks volumes of what he stands for.
“Asiwaju Tinubu also showed his love for Lagos and disdain for other states in 2015, when he vehemently opposed an illustrious Yoruba son from Osun, Rt. Hon Lasun Yusuf.
“The singular sin of Hon. Yusuf is that he is from Osun, a supposed colony of Lagos, where they can only be surrogates to Lagos and her lord.
“It is also worthy to recall that the expansionist moves of the APC national leader was responsible for sending Rauf Aregbesola to Osun, Femi Lanlehin to Oyo, Opeyemi Bamidele to Ekiti and several others to seek elective posts.
“The expansionist agenda made him reject a more popular candidate in Osun where the controversy killing the APC began with the issue of direct and indirect primaries. The Deputy Speaker of the House was frustrated because a Lagosian must replace another in Osun.”
Arguing that the Lord has been kind to Asiwaju Tinubu with the victory of the APC in 2015, especially with the vice president slot he got on a platter of gold, the group insisted that it he was expected to redirect his energy towards the emancipation of the region.
“Sadly, he is more concerned about making Lagos the beneficiary of all that this regime has to offer.
“Lagos, being the former capital of Nigeria, has the advantage of infrastructures than any other state of the nation. Why then should Lagos see herself like the only state of the region? Why should almost every benefit accruable to the south-west be given to Lagos?” the group queried.
The group also decried current moves by Tinubu to make another Lagosian the Speaker of House of Representatives in the person of Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, when the incumbent vice president is from the same state.
“This shows clearly that the APC national leader is only concerned about Lagos and his protégés than the collective interest of the Yoruba people.
“The move also by Asiwaju Tinubu to influence who becomes the next Senate President is another way to arm twist Mr. President and move from the south-west to making himself a national king maker
“We want Mr President and the north to be careful of the expansionist agenda of a man who wants to take the nation within his grip by installing Speaker and Senate President
“If Mr President stays aloof and allow his candidates to emerge, then he can be sure his presidency is the next target
“We therefore call for Mr President, the north and all men of conscience to beware of the antics of Asiwaju Tinubu before we are all consumed by his insatiable appetite and lust for power,” the group warned.
Meanwhile, the governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has advised Lagosians on how to end godfatherism in the state’s politics.
El-Rufai who gave the advice on Saturday, May 4, while responding to questions after delivering a lecture at an event in Lagos, said he defeated and retired four political godfathers in Kaduna state, adding that the feat could be replicated anywhere, including Lagos state.
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