Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has condemned the attack on
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, saying; “humiliation of Tinubu is as good as
humiliation of the Yoruba race.”

The governor said; “even though I am not a member of APC and I will
never be, I have elected to stand in defence of the Yoruba nation once
again by saying no to the continuous dishonourable treatment being
meted to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, having paid his dues.”

Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and
New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose, said; “if Tinubu is
allowed to be embarrassed and disgraced just the way our past leaders
were humiliated by these same elements, the Yoruba nation would have
been made to suffer for uprightness.”

The governor condemned the Tuesday, sponsored protest against the APC
leader at the party’s national secretariat, saying; “it is unfortunate
that Tinubu is now being vilified in a party he invested heavily in
and his fellow kinsmen that he brought up politically are part of this

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“In their desperation, they have even tried to set him against the
Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, by insinuating that tried to
prevent his (Osinbajo) emergence as President Mohammadu Buhari’s
running mate, this is sad!”

He lamented that “when other tribes protect own, it is becoming
historically common among the Yorubas to allow themselves to be used
against their leaders just for momentary political gains at the
expense of the collective interests of the Yoruba nation.

“It should be noted that late Chief Obafemi Awolowo was sent to jail
by the conspiracy and collaboration of some Yorubas with the external

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Governor Fayose said; “Tinubu is a prominent stakeholder, we should
not sit back and watch while those he used his own sweat to make
conspired with others to humiliate him.

“Most importantly, it is my position that irrespective of political
affiliation, no leader of the Yoruba nation must be vilified unduly,
especially by the same people who humiliated our past leaders like
Obafemi Awolowo, Adekunle Ajasin, Bola Ige, Bisi Onabanjo, Lateef
Jakande and others.

“To me, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu should not be seen just as an APC leader,
but acknowledged as a major stakeholder in the Yoruba nation that we
must all protect beyond politics.

”It should be recalled that these were among the issues that I raised
when I visited Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State few months ago
on the need to work together beyond party affiliations.

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“Here in Yorubaland, it is said that if a household is at peace, it is
because the bastard child of the family is yet to attain the age of
maturity and those people that Asiwaju Tinubu made, but are now being
used against him should watch it.

“I therefore condemn this conspiracy against Asiwaju Tinubu and I
admonish those that are hoping to make political benefits from it to
have a rethink.”

The governor, who called for greater unity among the Yorubas, added
that; “We are first Yorubas before becoming members of political
parties, it is my opinion that our leaders must be defended and
protected not-minding the personal gains of today.”

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