National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Gani Adams, has berated National leader of the All Progressives Congress and former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu over his percieved attempts to tarnish the image of his successor and immediate past governor of the state, Babatunde Fashola.
Speaking exclusively to online media platform, Naij.com, Adams said all Tinubu was trying to do was stop Fashola from getting a federal appointment with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Adams also accused APC governors in the South West of not supporting the group’s activities, adding that Tinubu can never be regarded as a Yoruba leader after dissociating himself from the OPC.
His words: “Tinubu’s problem is that, if Fashola becomes Chief of staff or minister, he knows he has achieved more than him. Tinubu knows he can’t be named chief of staff; he has rated himself above that office. It is either the vice president or senate president, but he does not have such opportunity and Fashola is ready to serve as either the Secretary to the State Government or chief of staff or a minister.
“And Tinubu has realized that once Fashola gets appointment at the federal level, he (Fashola) will get more political patronage than him. I know Tinubu’s tactics. When you think you are strategist, remember that some people can read in between the line.”
Speaking further, Adams said although he was in support of President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption, he was against the manner the president was going about it, especially as all he is doing is vilify his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan.
He said: “If we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill us. Especially in this time of economic hardship, we need to block many holes. We need to fight many institutions; we need to step on many toes. Any right thinking Nigerian will support him, but it must not be selective. My annoyance is that, Jonathan, Jonathan, Jonathan. I’m not a PR of Jonathan; I have not seen him since the end of election. But why is APC trying to destroy Jonathan’s image. Is he the only ex-president? We all know that Nigeria has a fundamental problem even after our independence.
“He has channel 50% of his goal to development and progress of the country, 50% to anti-corruption crusade. It’s almost 3 months now, no ministers. Can he fight corruption alone? You can’t be a lone ranger; he has to look for a team to fight the war for him. It’s not Oshiomole who is still a governor. You can imagine the statement of Oshiomole that Jonathan should be stoned, what kind of inciting statement is that? You are blaming someone who has finished his tenure; you don’t know who will blame you when you finish yours.”