Leader of the Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, said he warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader and frontline presidential aspirant of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, against supporting President Muhammadu Buhari.
He spoke against the backdrop of the controversy generated by Tinubu’s comment last Thursday in Abeokuta where he said he ensured the victory of Buhari in 2015.
The president, through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, replied Tinubu, saying many people contributed to his victory.
Adebanjo recalled that he warned Tinubu a long time ago that Buhari could not be trusted when he was packaging him as the best to be the president of Nigeria.
He stated that everything he said about Buhari had come to pass even though they said he was saying rubbish then.
Adebanjo, who has been a fierce critic of Buhari and Tinubu in recent times, said he would not make much comment until they (those in APC) finally ditch themselves.
“I can’t say more than this. I don’t want to be involved in this small boys’ game when I have told them. I warned him, I warned the whole nation not to vote for Buhari. I warned Tinubu that he is playing a dangerous game.
“Those who doubted me said the old man was just talking rubbish. I said, ‘okay let’s wait and see.’ I won’t talk more until they finally ditch themselves out. By the time they finally ditch themselves, that’s when I will comment.
“This is not the time for me to say he should leave the party, I told him that a long time ago. You should refer to what people have said and what I particularly have told him.”
Meanwhile, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Igbo socio-cultural group, yesterday rejected the option of having Senate President Ahmad Lawan as the consensus presidential candidate of the ruling APC for 2023 elections.
The group said the Senate President lacked the national acceptance and integrity to defeat PDP candidate.
The group’s Secretary-General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, stated this yesterday in a statement made available to Daily Trust.
He, therefore, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resist any move to make Lawan the party’s consensus candidate.
He also commended “the courageous stance of APC northern governors to reject the APC National Chairman’s choice for consensus.”