By Emmanuel Nduka
Leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has accused Chief Bisi Akande, a former Governor of Osun State, of lying and selling out the Yoruba race in a bid to ensure Bola Tinubu emerge as President in 2023.
Adebanjo who made the damning accusations on Tuesday when he appeared on Arise Television, denied allegations levelled against him by Akande in his new book, titled ‘My Participation’.
Akande, the first Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had last week presented his book to the public.
In one of the accounts in the book, Akande claimed that Adebanjo pestered Bola Tinubu to build a house for him.
Denying the allegations, Adebanjo said, “He (Bisi Akande) is too junior to me to be commenting on political matters. He is a political neophyte. He is already known to me as a pathological liar. His colleague, Akinfenwa, in his book said that is who he is. And those of us who know him also know. He is just an apron string of Tinubu.
“He is too junior for me to be commenting on what he said. I signed his papers to be governor. And the condition we gave for him to become governor was that of (convening a) Sovereign National Conference for the restructuring of the country back to (true) federalism. That was the condition he was elected in 1999 and he reneged on that.
“We call all of them – Bola Tinubu, Segun Osoba – to warn when they reneged. They have sold out the Yoruba race to Muhammadu Buhari all because they want Tinubu to be president. That is not my business.
“But telling lies is the one I don’t know and I don’t know how a man like Akande who claims that we all come from the root of Obafemi Awolowo can be taking pride in his participation in the government of one Buhari, who they know is a disaster when all those who supported him initially are now regretting that they supported him.
“There is no sensible man who will come out now and say he is proud of Buhari. It shows the type of character he is. So, he is too junior for me to be commenting on what he said.”