The national coordinator of the Yoruba ‘militant’ group, Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Chief Gani Adams, has advised the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) not to expect getting a bloc vote from the South-west in the February 14 presidential election. He said a good number of Yoruba people still have reservations about people from Mr. Buhari’s ethnic group – Fulani.
Speaking in an interview with Nigeria Today, Mr. Adams disagreed with projections made by some political analysts that Buhari will make a clean sweep of South-west by virtue of the dominance of the APC in the geo-political zone, saying, “South-west is a place that you cannot use the media to deceive. We are highly exposed and highly educated”.
According to him, “For you to say we should go one way, it is impossible. I don’t think that the South-west will vote for Buhari en mass. Don’t forget the pain caused by the June 12 annulment, it is still fresh in the mind of our people many died in the cause of June 12 struggle, many lost a lot of properties. I don’t think our people will trust a Hausa/Fulani man from the north this time around”.
The OPC leader also absolved President Goodluck Jonathan of all the blame for the nation’s failings, saying that governors and lawmakers should equally share in the blame.