Tinubu Using Yoruba To Negotiate For His Own Selfish Interest, Says Gani Adams

gani-adamsNational Coordinator of the Odua People’s Congress, Chief Gani Adams, has launched a scathing attack against former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, accusing him of using the Yoruba as bargaining power for his own selfish political interest.

Mr. Tinubu, who is national leader of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, had earlier said Mr. Adams was contracted by the Goodluck Jonathan-administration to disrupt the peace of Lagos State and told residents that they had his permission to defend themselves in the event of an attack by members of the Yoruba militant group.

Reacting to Tinubu’s comment, Mr Adams told PREMIUM TIMES that the former Lagos State governor had never pursued any agenda in the interest of Yoruba

“How can you claim to be a Yoruba leader or love Yoruba when you have never been part of any socio-cultural organisation?” Mr. Adams asked. “(Mr. Tinubu) became governor with the support of Afenifere but immediately he was elected he divided the group. He wants to use the Yoruba to negotiate for his selfish interests”.

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The former Lagos governor has severally faulted the Federal Government for sustaining a federal structure that does not devolve greater powers to the states to bring Nigeria close to true federalism.

The OPC leader said that Tinubu’s pro-federalism advocacy was a scam.

“Tinubu has always criticized the National Conference convoked by President Jonathan last year”, Mr. Adams said. “National Conference report includes much of the principle and content of true federalism which has always been the wish of every true Yoruba socio-cultural group. But Tinubu criticized Confab before it started. Even till now, he continues to criticize the report.

“True federalism as well as restructuring inter-governmental relations in the country to make the constituent units more buoyant and enable them to develop their own resources for the betterment of their people involves process. And the process is the Confab. How do you then want true federalism without supporting the Confab?”

Mr. Adams added that Wednesday’s approval of the final report of 2014 National Conference by the Federal Executive Council should be commended by Nigerians, “particularly every progressive Yoruba man”.

He, however, said he had respect for Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State whom he described as “core Yoruba and good leader”, but added, “unfortunately, his leader is anti-Yoruba”.

The OPC chieftain also took a swipe at another South-West group, Yoruba Assembly, which accused the Jonathan government of carrying out “a deliberate policy” of marginalisation of the Yoruba people.

The group is led by the second republic Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Alani Akinrinade (retd).

According to Adams, the group “does not represent the larger Yoruba interest but APC. What they did in Ibadan yesterday was an APC affair. Most of those who went to its sitting were APC members. What is Yoruba Assembly? It is just a group being sponsored by Tinubu and APC. They don’t have structure anywhere. Can you compare them with Afenifere, Yoruba Council of Elders or OPC? I used to respect Alani Akinrinade until he started backsliding after he could not emerge as the leader of the Yoruba caucus at the conference last year”.

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