Osun, Ekiti Polls: We’ll Not Go To Court, This Time It Is ‘Rig And Roast’ – Tinubu

bola-TinubuAlthough the audience was made up mostly of academics, former Governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, could not help but delve into politics, as he warned against any attempt to rig the forthcoming governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun States.

The elections are slated for June 21 (Ekiti) and August 9 (Osun).

Speaking at his investiture as the Chancellor of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, and award of honorary Doctor of Science in Management Science yesterday, Tinubu said “it will be rig and roast”.

Apparently reacting to an earlier statement credited to the Vice President, Arc Namadi Sambo that the elections in the two states would be a warfare for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the APC chieftain warned: “We are prepared not to go to court but to drive you out. We will not take it anymore. If you mess up in Ekiti and Osun states, you will see our reactions. For every action, there must be a reaction”.

Tinubu called on the electorate in the two South-West states to guard their votes, saying that no government that wants people’s votes to count would behave the way the current government was doing.

“They are planning to rig the elections but be ready to protect your votes. It is going to be rig and roast”, he added.

Reacting to President Goodluck Jonathan’s comments in Kano last week, where he accused the state Governor, Engr. Rabiu Kwankwaso of mismanaging the money meant for his presidential campaign in 2011, Tinubu asked the president where he got such huge amount of money, having used ‘I’d no shoes’ as one of his many campaign slogans.

The APC chieftain, who spoke on the topic, “Two Faces of Despair: State of the Nigeria Nation”, also faulted President Jonathan’s administration on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) that was recently rebased.

He said: “Nigeria has magically leaped over South Africa to become the largest economy in Africa. Too bad the magical statistics do not translate into a magical improvement in the people’s economic condition. While the GDP grew, the people’s wellbeing tumbles.

“The recent rebasing putting Nigeria ahead of South Africa has raised more doubts about the objectives of those in charge of economy. From a modest of $305 billion, Nigeria’s GDP ballooned to $488billion.

“The GDP mathematics is an offensive sideshow, given the real hardships Nigerians face. This is another variant of the vision 2020 gimmick and to make the government look good prior to the world economic forum meeting in Abuja next month. It is propaganda not progress”, Tinubu asserted.

The investiture ceremony was attended by APC chieftains from across the country, including National Leader Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, Interim Chairman Bisi Akande, Interim National Publicity Secretary Lai Mohammed, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, and former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and presidential flag bearer of the defunct ACN, Malam Nuhu Ribadu.

Others are Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State, Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, who came with his wife Sherifat, host Governor Abiola Ajimobi and his wife Florence, as well as senators and other top party officials. They were Senators Gbenga Ashafa, Olorunimbe Mamora, Femi Ojudu and Sola Adeyeye.

Also there were House of Representatives Minority Leader Femi Gbajabiamila, frontline scholar Prof. Adebayo Williams, Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker Adeyemi Ikuforiji and former Lagos Commissioner for Information Mr. Dele Alake.

The Governors of Lagos, Ekiti and Ogun were represented by their spouses – Dame Abimbola Fashola (Lagos), Erelu Bisi Fayemi (Ekiti) and Mrs. Olufunke Amosun (Ogun).

The ceremony was also graced by royal fathers from Oyo and Osun states, which jointly own the institution. The Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Oyewunmi Ajagungbade, was there.

5 Comments

  • I used to think that Tinubu had something upstairs, not knowing that he is also socially, politically fanatic and selfish. I hope he knows the meaning of his statement (“Rig and Roast”) – if actually it came from him; which is no less a promise of violence if his party fails to win. We all know that no matter how the election is conducted – whether free and fair or not – the likes of Tinubu would still cry wolf in order to justify his planned anarchy. This is, no doubt, a new version of making an administration “Ungovernable”. But mark it somewhere, this same Tinubu will be the first to deny his statement on ‘roasting’ the people he would wish to rule through his godson. Good luck to Tinubu, but he has lost my respect, except he begins to emulate His Excellency, the now highly respected General Buhari in his new order.

  • Is dis man a through leader TINUBU saying all dis words bicos of his own selfishenees God is our saviour not bad leader u are not give a good example

  • foolish comments from probably insane people (i am not sorry for saying that). why are Nigerians so blind to see that NEGOTIATION is no longer applicable to the challenges we are facing. The present situation of the country has gone beyond the persistent campaign for calmness and patience. it is time to act! Diamond is the hardest substance known and that is the reason for the saying “you cut diamond with diamond” and this implies that since violence has become the order of the day, then a greater force is required to battle this challenge.

    well, maybe tinubu is not the right man but i guess he has the right ideology. People are dying on daily basis, we have the wrong people in the corridor of power and i think the time has come to put a stop to this “usual goings”

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