- Earlier, the leader of Yoruba Nation self-determination struggle, Prof. Banji Akintoye, warned Bola Tinubu against deceiving the Yoruba and to stop blackmailing him
- He alleged that Tinubu was using an interview he Akintoye granted to a newspaper to blackmail him, noting the APC candidate is only after his personal interest
- In reaction, Tinubu's campaign team urged Akintoye to concentrate on his old age and not create plunge the Yoruba nation into crisis
The presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has reacted to a statement credited to Professor Banji Akintoye, in which his group threatened to pull South West Nigeria from Nigeria.
Tinubu on Wednesday, October 27, in a statement signed by Bayo Onanuga, Director, Media & Publicity Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, urged Professor Akintoye to thread softly and not plunge the people into crisis.
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Tinubu's campaign team sends strong message to Professor Banji Akintoye
The former governor of Lagos state urged Akinotye to concentrate on his old age while noting Akintoye's group does not represent the Yoruba race.
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Tinubu knocked the leader of the Yoruba separatist group, Ilana Omo Oodua, Prof Akintoye for again threatening to pull the Yoruba nation out of Nigeria.
According to Tinubu, since there has been no referendum in Yorubaland about whether to stay in Nigeria or not and no such referendum has been held in any part of Nigeria, it is then appropriate to assume that this separatist idea is basically Akintoye and his group’s sole idea.
The APC standard bearer also berated Prof. Akintoye for saying he was seeking to be president of Nigeria for his personal interests alone, describing the statement as malicious and unwarranted.
The statement reads:
"Our attention has been drawn to an unfortunate and divisive statement credited to Professor Banji Akintoye, in which his group threatened to pull the South West Nigeria from Nigeria.
"Since there has been no referendum held in Yorubaland about whether to stay in Nigeria or not, we presume that the separatist idea is basically Akintoye’s idea.
"We want to advise him not to plunge our people into crisis or another Rwanda.
"We find it unwarranted the professor’s sweeping accusation that Asíwájú Bola Ahmed Tinubu is only pursuing his personal interest in running for the presidency of Nigeria. We hasten to say Asiwaju Tinubu is doing so because of his readiness to render unflinching service to Nigerians and his abiding faith in a strong, united and prosperous Nigeria where all men and women regardless of their ethnicity and religious beliefs can find joy and personal fulfillment."
Onanuga noted that most of the issues on the structure of our federalism raised in Professor Akintoye's statement have been sufficiently addressed in Asiwaju’s Action Plan with his promise to address some of the problems plaguing our federalism and the will to make the states to be more viable as federating units by devolving more powers to them.
"Since our nation’s inception, too much power and resources have been lodged at the federal level. This has come at the expense of state and local governance. This is problematic because state governments are closer to the people and must be more responsive to local needs and aspirations.
“A Tinubu administration will rebalance the responsibilities and authorities of the different tiers of government. We will collaborate with the National Assembly and State Governments to amend our national governance architecture such that States are afforded the autonomy and resources needed to better serve.”
"There was nowhere Yoruba people sat in a meeting with a mandate given to Professor Akintoye and his band of confusionists in his so-called Ilana Yoruba Group to lead Yoruba out of Nigeria.
"We want to advise Professor Akintoye to use the remaining part of his life to be at peace with himself and his maker instead of fanning embers of discord."
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