A former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has advised Yorubas not to betray the political ambition of the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC Bola Tinubu.
He asked the Yoruba nation to stand against those plotting the disgrace and downfall of the former governor of Lagos state.
Fayose, a Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, made this call amid speculation that Tinubu is nursing a presidential aspiration in 2023.
There are reports in the media that a particular governor in the South West region was plotting to sabotage Tinubu’s ambition.
In an interview, Mr. Fayose spoke on several attempts to malign the pro-democracy activist by sons of Yorubas who he has looked up to.
“I’m not defending, I am saying the obvious. I’m making it clear that if you trace our history, our leaders have been given away by men they brought up, by traitors within their camps. If somebody gives you a platform you never expected in life and the only option is to take that person for you to rise. That would never work!”
“The former Governor of Lagos state and a prominent figure, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a major figure in the Yoruba nation and it will be fool-hardy of anyone denying this fact. I want to say it expressly. If anything happens to Tinubu, we are consumed. He sends all the signals. If this thing is happening to men like that every other person will ordinarily have been consumed.”
Also, in the 2-minute clip, Mr fayose reiterated the contributions of the APC chieftain to the region and how he remains a force to be reckoned with in the Nigerian polity.
“So, for me, I am not defending Bola Ahmed Tinubu, I am defending the Yoruba nation. I am establishing the fact that he remains a major key leader that nobody can ignore. I may not be in APC. I have said it several times before. I have never been in APC and I will never be in APC. But if you want to sacrifice Tinubu because of these political opportunists, it is not going to work. All these things will only work for a period of time.
“In due course, water will find its source. I want to say it expressly. He has made his mark. Rubbishing him will not be an option for those doing that. And may I say it without Bola Ahmed Tinubu, there would not have been a Buhari. And I am sure that in his heart he too will know that something is wrong somewhere. It must be a miscalculation. But we cannot question God.”
“I won’t be part of the people who want him down. We are not good friends. We have been in opposing camps but that is not enough. If you remember the story of Abiola, he was brought down by his own men, if you remember the story of Awolowo, he was brought down by his own men. The same thing is happening to this man. But God forbid that Tinubu will be brought down. God will intervene.”