A Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has reacted to President Buhari’s decision to appoint former Governor of Lagos and popular Yoruba politician, Bola Tinubu, a deceitful one.
The President, while inaugurating the APC Presidential Campaign Council in Abuja, handed over his campaign to Tinubu, stating that he wanted to face his government.
“Even though we have only 40 days, this campaign is going to tax us all because we intend to touch all corners of our great and vast country. But I must also add that though we will all be deeply involved, I would like to assure the nation that I will do my part without making governance or my work suffer. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, my co-chairman, will be fully in charge and is going to be on 24-hour vigil.” Buhari stated.
“That is to say the operational buck of this campaign stops at his table, and I, therefore, urge all of us in the leadership of this campaign, in the field operations on the campaign trail and in the secretariat to consult with Asiwaju whenever guidance is needed.”
According to the Punch, the spokesperson for the group, Yinka Odumakin, said that if this is a ploy to avoid the Presidential debates which are to hold next week, then it would not work.
“I think the whole thing is just to make Tinubu feel good and think he is being reckoned with. But in any case, it is said that those who don’t learn from history will repeat it.
“This confirms that there are political forces that see some personalities at desperate times as people they can just toy with and once they dangle some carrots before them, there will be no problem.
“But if he tries to avoid the debate, it cannot work. Nigerians will not be wise to vote for anybody that is not ready to debate.” Odumakin said.