Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has
condemned the alleged conspiracy against the
National Leader of the All Progressives Congress,
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Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, by some elements in his
party, saying the “humiliation of Tinubu is as good
as the humiliation of the Yoruba race.”
The governor said that allowing the National Leader
of the APC to be embarrassed like past Yoruba
leaders, would not be in the interest of the race.
Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public
Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka,
Fayose said, “Even though I am not a member of
the APC and I will never be, I have elected to stand
in defence of the Yoruba nation once again by
saying no to the continuous dishonourable
treatment being meted out to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu,
having paid his dues.
“If Tinubu is allowed to be embarrassed and
disgraced, just the way our past leaders were
humiliated by these same elements, the Yoruba
nation would have been made to suffer for
The governor also condemned a recent protest
against the APC leader at the party’s national
Some youth groups had protested in Abuja to
condemn Tinubu for demanding the resignation of
the APC National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun,
over his role in the Ondo governorship primary,
which was won by Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN).
Odigie-Oyegun allegedly overruled the decision of
the majority of the members of the National
Working Committee of the APC that voted for the
cancellation of the primary.
Fayose said, “It is unfortunate that Tinubu is now
being vilified in a party he invested heavily in, and
his fellow kinsmen that he brought up politically
are part of this conspiracy.
“In their desperation, they have even tried to set
him against the Vice President, Prof. Yemi
Osinbajo, by insinuating that he tried to prevent
his (Osinbajo’s) emergence as President
Mohammadu Buhari’s running mate; this is sad.
“When other tribes protect their own people; it is
becoming historically common among the Yoruba
people to allow themselves to be used against
their leaders just for momentary political gains at
the expense of the collective interest of the Yoruba
“It should be noted that the late Chief Obafemi
Awolowo was sent to jail by the conspiracy and
collaboration of some Yoruba people with the
Fayose stated that Tinubu was a prominent
stakeholder and should not be humiliated.
“Most importantly, it is my position that
irrespective of political affiliation, no leader of the
Yoruba nation must be vilified unduly, especially
by the same people who humiliated our past
leaders like Obafemi Awolowo, Adekunle Ajasin,
Bola Ige, Bisi Onabanjo, Lateef Jakande and others.
“To me, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu should not just be
seen as an APC leader, but acknowledged as a
major stakeholder in the Yoruba nation that we
must all protect beyond politics.
”It should be recalled that these were among the
issues that I raised when I visited Governor Rauf
Aregbesola of Osun State few months ago on the
need to work together beyond party affiliations.
“Here in Yorubaland, it is said that if a household
is at peace, it is because the bastard child of the
family has yet to attain the age of maturity and
those people that Asiwaju Tinubu made, but are
now being used against him should watch it.
“I therefore condemn this conspiracy against
Asiwaju Tinubu and I admonish those that are
hoping to make political benefits from it to have a