Insider Reveals: What Asiwaju Tinubu Discussed With Alaafin Of Oyo
Insider Reveals: What Tinubu Discussed With Alaafin
By SOLA SADIQ
Details of the closed-door meeting last weekend between Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, have begun to emerge.
The meeting, which was held at the Ikoyi, Lagos residence of the APC leader was held at the instance of the monarch, who was accompanied by one of his sons, Akeem Adeyemi, a member of the House of Representatives.
An insider privy to the discussion at the meeting revealed that Oba Adeyemi, worried about the alleged sidelining of Tinubu in the APC, coupled with the latter’s seeming frosty relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari, had come to solidarise with the APC leader and, in addition, find out the political direction of the Yoruba race going forward.
In his response, the former Lagos governor was said to have assured the monarch that he does not have any issues with the President, while also dispellling speculations that he was forming alliances with some politicans to form a new mega party.
The source quoted Tinubu thus: “The Yorubas would not betray President Buhari. I believe strongly that this government will succeed despite the current challenges the country is facing. I am not joining anybody to form any mega party. I don’t have issues with the President.”
Apparently relieved by Tinubu’s response, Oba Adeyemi was said to have given his words that he and his subjects are totally in support of Tinubu and would abide by whatever decision he takes in the interest of the South West region.
Oba Adeyemi’s support for Tinubu does not come as a surprise to many of his close associates. A very influential traitional ruler in the political landscape of Oyo State, the monarch, at the heat of Tinubu’s alleged cold relationship with some of his political proteges and associates in the South West, had reportedly advised his state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, “never to betray Asiwaju (Tinubu) come what may.”