Afenifere chieftain and elder statesman Chief Ayo Adebanjo, had on Wednesday, stated that the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as well as certain other Yoruba leaders were deceiving the President that they were supporting his government hoping that come 2023, the Presidency will support zoning the presidential ticket of the APC to the South-West.
Adebanjo revealed this much to DAILY INDEPENDENT, as he reacted to the visit made by Tinubu and some other Yoruba leaders to the President on Tuesday. The elder statesman referred to them as impostors who had gone on the visit just to seek their selfish interests, as they did not have the welfare of the Yoruba nation at heart.
According to Adebanjo, the APC National Leader and his associates had only gone to discuss the issue of true federalism with the President instead of them to discuss the rate of insecurity in the South-West region. Ironically, the Afenifere chieftain pointed out that ruling party had not shown any commitment to the issue since 2015 when it came into power.
“How many times will we continue to tell you these people are not Afenifere? They are just fake. Nigerians know who the true Afenifere is. They are just leaders of APC in South-West. When last did they come out as Afenifere except when they want to go and deceive Buhari? They never said anything about killings by Fulani herdsmen, instead they are talking about true federalism.
“Is Buhari sincere about restructuring? Is that not the basis on which Tinubu was elected as governor? They are just deceiving themselves. I don’t want to waste my time on them again because they are just jokers. You don’t have to lay claim to Afenifere. Nigerians know the real Afenifere.
“They were with us before they chickened out. Now that you have left, why are you still laying claim to that name? A cause we have been fighting before, you abandoned it because you want to be president. They are fighting the cause of the Yoruba for their own interest. It is clear that they don’t have the interest of the Yoruba at heart” he said.
Adebanjo also said that Tinubu and his colleagues who were deceiving the President just because of the 2023 Presidency were in for a rude shock because the President had noticed that they were not sincere in their dealings and was only playing along with them.
He said that President Buhari will never had the 2023 presidency to Tinubu and his friends which was what they were after.
“They only go to Buhari whenever they want to deceive him. They have been deceiving Buhari and Buhari too is also deceiving them. What he wanted from Buhari, Buhari won’t give him. Buhari too is deceiving them because he knows they are fake.
“Their visit is an attempt to persuade Buhari that they are for him so that he can give them the slot for presidency in 2023. But Buhari is not going to give them. He only needs them for support during elections.
“Tinubu knows that. They have used him before. Didn’t they use him before the election in 2015 only to abandon him later? It was when the 2019 election was approaching that they remembered him again”, he said.
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