A former Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, has stated that the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will win next year’s election with or without the support of the Pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere.
The acting leader of the group, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, and other leaders had endorsed the candidature of Peter Obi, the flagbearer of the Labour Party (LP).
Reacting to the development, Shittu said Afenifere’s support for Obi “is no threat to the presidential ambition of Tinubu.
The former Minister, who is the national coordinator of the Tinubu/Shettima Coalition for Good Governance, spoke with newsmen at Ota, Ogun State, at a political discourse, organised by a group, The Progressive Friends of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The theme of the discourse was: “Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu: The Game Changer.”
Shittu called on Yoruba to ignore Adebanjo who he said had lost touch with the reality and could not speak for the Yoruba race.
“Why should baba Adebanjo’s matter give any concern? In the last 22 years, baba Adebanjo has never won, not even a councillorship election for himself or any of his proxies.
“So, as far as I’m concerned, it is a non-issue and I will rather ignore him than make a fuss of it.
“Baba Adebanjo has never supported the Yoruba course and whatever he does now goes to no issue as far as I’m concerned. We are all Yorubas, baba is more than 90 years old and you know at that age, you have to excuse him of so many fallible, political and otherwise.
“There is no doubt that Tinubu is the idol of Yorubaland, if not of Nigeria today. At least three-quarter of Nigeria idolize Asiwaju and they have hope in him that he is coming to redeem Nigeria, that he is coming to transform Nigeria, that he is coming to give hope to the wretched, the poor, the disadvantaged and the under privileged”, Shittu said.