Leader of Yoruba self-determination group, Ilana Omo Oodua, Prof Banji Akintoye, has described as ingenuine, the interest of Northern governors in the ambition of All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.
The 87-year-old Yoruba Nation campaigner also added that Tinubu’s presidential ambition does not worth giving up the struggle for Yoruba Nation.
Akintoye stated this in an exclusive interview with Premium Politics in Benin Republic.
He said, “He (Tinubu) 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.”