Chief Ayo Adebanjo, a chieftain of pan Yoruba group, Afenifere, has said that the national leader of the All Progressives Congress APC, Bola Tinubu, has allowed himself to be deceived with the promise of 2023 presidency.
He said the quarreling going on between the South-east and the South-west over the 2023 presidency was caused deliberately by President Muhammadu Buhari and the North as divide and rule tactics to remain in power.
In a chat with the New Telegraph, Adebanjo said unless Tinubu is stupid he will realize that he is being deceived.
“Tinubu knows that they are deceiving him. They are only causing division in the South to create quarrel between the South-West and South-East. It is all part of the Fulani gimmicks. I don’t buy that and they know I don’t.
“The tricks of Fulani people like Buhari is to divide and rule. Look at it; if it is not a deceit, you say you believe in one Nigeria and you say in this Nigeria, only a section of the country will be president, one section will not be there. Does that show unity? This is one of the reasons why I disagree with them.
“The mere saying that they will not allow the South-East to produce the president is an antidote to crisis the country. How can we be in an organisation and one member of the organisation is not entitled to the benefits of the organisation.
“Secondly, Buhari knows that he is deceiving Tinubu except that Tinubu doesn’t know or is stupid not to know because there is enough evidence. He has become so paranoid of becoming president that he couldn’t see the handwriting on the wall.
“Is APC one? From what you know, which of the state of the federation is APC united to say this is going to be our candidate? The party will only be united in keeping the presidency in the North.
Earlier, the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai had said that zoning of political offices should be discouraged to favour competent people.
He said, “Even with our success in the 2015 elections, there is room for improvement. Barriers to political equality, such as our seemingly entrenched though informal rule for zoning candidacies according to regions of origin, need to be de-emphasised and ultimately abandoned in favour of an emphasis on qualification, competence and character.