Leader of Yoruba self-determination group, Ilana Omo Oodua, Professor Banji Akintoye, says the interest of the northern governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the ruling party, is not genuine.
Newsbreak reports that according to Prof. Akintoye, the northern governors may discard the former Lagos State governor for Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in respect of the 2023 election.
Speaking on reports that the candidacy of Tinubu will whittle down the agitation for a sovereign Yoruba Nation, Prof. Akintoye told Punch in an interview published on Sunday morning: “That is understandable; he is one of us and we have people who think, ‘Let’s try this one, whether he would perform; let’s see whether this one would bring some good results’.
“Naturally, we expected that, but we were also able to look in-depth at a level that an ordinary citizen will not be able to look. For instance, why did the northern governors suddenly around turn to say they were supporting Tinubu? They turned around after Atiku (Abubakar) emerged as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party. Up to that point, they were saying they didn’t recognise rotational presidency and there was nothing like rotational presidency but when Atiku was nominated, the next hour, they said they supported a southern candidate – Tinubu.
“So, there is something hidden in that. A lot of people don’t know it but when we looked at it, we know that the interest of northern governors in Tinubu’s candidacy is not genuine; it is not honest.
“What they have decided to do is to give him (Tinubu) the nomination, and then support their brother (Atiku) in the PDP. That is where they will migrate to and give him (Atiku) the victory and that is what is going to happen. So, it is not worth giving up the (Yoruba Nation) struggle for.”