A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, Asiwaju Rotimi Ajanaku in Ibadan on Sunday described the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party and former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as a relevant factor in the actualization of Yoruba unity and agenda ahead of 2023 general election.
As he admonished Yoruba traditional rulers to stay away from active participation in politics and any act that can tarnish their hard earned respect, dignity and integrity.
Ajanaku stated this in a release personally signed by himself and made available to journalists in Ibadan on Sunday by his media aide, Prince Adebowale Adeoye.
While making clarifications on many issues relating to the future of Yoruba as a tribe in the present Nigeria and as a nation in the future, he described Tinubu as an indispensable catalyst to the actualization of Yoruba agenda in 2023 and beyond.
According to the statement, “As Asiwaju Odo Oodua (Oodua Youths Leader), it becomes imperative that I speak on issues affecting south west states and Oodua agenda ahead of 2023 as well as unwarranted discussion on Tinubu’s presidential ambition, subsequent attacks on his person by some uninformed people and those planted by antagonists to draw the progress and advancement of southwest region backward.
“Can anyone tell me the essence of teaming up against Tinubu when no one has actually established any of the baseless allegations raised by his accusers.
“Having cold-bloodedness against Tinubu especially now when Yoruba ought to work together in realization of its projection in 2023 is unwarranted and against the spirit of our ancestors.
“Should we allow few politicians to deprive yorubas of our right just because of differences or rancor between them and Tinubu? How sure we are that it is not a case of enviness, rivalry, or jealousy. I am not against the idea of criticizing Tinubu, but there is need to make whatever criticism they like to engage in to be constructive. We shouldn’t tolerate baseless and damaging criticism at this time.”
“Whether we say Yoruba agenda or Yoruba nation, speaking on political issues in Nigeria today, Tinubu is a Generalissimo in the southwest. So a personality who is that relevant should be protected from political termites”
Speaking on the need for traditional rulers to be neutral in Nigeria politics, Ajanaku said, “As custodians of culture, moral values and belief, Yoruba Obas should be upright in the protection, defense and promotion of Oduduwa territory and inhabitants.
“This is the more reason I’m of the opinion that our royal fathers should stay clear of active politics to enable them judiciously play the role of fathers and leaders as expected of them without favourism.
“Yoruba Obas should desist from bastardizing the history on Yoruba’s origination, which, it is a way of weaken the foundation and create loopholes for the aliens to poke into our affairs”.