Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has said he knew the President was allegedly deceiving Tinubu all along, The PUNCH reports.
According to the newspaper, “Adebanjo said the national leader was also deceiving the President as he described the APC as a gathering of incompatible persons.”
The nonagenarian said that the problem with ruling party is that it lacks ideology which should be gum binding the party members together.
It was all about sharing offices and power. he was quoted to have said in the report.
The swift move by President Muhammad Buhari in the dissolution of the NWC of APC, most of whom had allegiance with former governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, was widely adjudged as master stroke against his 2023 ambition.
The strong waves of activities that orchestrated the suspension and the removal of Adams Oshiomhole from office and subsequent dissolution of the NWC were believed to be triggered by a wing of the ruling party opposed to the Tinubu presidential ambition.
Adebanjo said, “I have worry for him (Tinubu). He knew all these things but he relied on Buhari and worked to make him the President. I said it before publicly that Buhari is deceiving Asiwaju and Asiwaju is deceiving Buhari. Everybody is trying to use the other. Why can’t Tinubu hammer on restructuring knowing that this was what brought Buhari to office?
“I have been in this game for 70 years. So, many of those who are talking now were not born then. That is the truth – even Buhari was a toddler. He is now 74. Each time I tell you, why should Tinubu, the Vice-President (Yemi Osinbajo) and all those who were in Alliance for Democracy run to the APC? Why are they hesitating now to stand for restructuring? They can’t talk.
“All the things I am telling you now – it is not the first time. I said both Jagaban (Tinubu) and Osinbajo should get out of the APC. I said it openly. It is a disgrace and disservice to the Yorubaland. So, what is happening now shows there is nothing to bind them together.”
Tinubu on Saturday issued an emotional statement in which he reaffirmed his loyalty to the party which is a major actor in the founding.
He berated those who think that his ambition has been buried by recent developments in the party.
He denied having made any decision on presidential run in 2023.