2023: Tinubu's ambition driven by self-interest - Yoruba Nation Leader
Prof. Akintoye said Tinubu's presidential bid is out of pursuit of personal interest to the detriment of the nation.
It's not Tinubu's turn: Akintoye noted that the "Emi lokan" slogan which meant "It's my turn," made it obvious that the former Lagos State Governor's mission to become Nigeria's president was motivated by personal interest and not for the welfare of the Yoruba race.
The Prof of History disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, October 27, 2022, where he also clarified that he didn't endorse Tinubu and wouldn't vote for the APC candidate during the February 25, 2023 election.
Akintoye de-endorsed Tinubu: This position stands in contrast to his earlier declaration in an interview two years ago where Akintoye had endorsed Tinubu for president.
The self-determination group leader also argued that the APC candidate was contesting at the wrong time, saying other Yoruba politicians seeking elective offices were doing so at the expense of Yoruba people seeking emancipation to achieve the Yoruba Nation.
You're setting a bad legacy: While explaining that he felt no animosity towards any Yoruba person seeking election, Akintoye said he's only sorry for them because they are creating a legacy their grandchildren will be ashamed to know about very soon in the future.
The statement read: “Our brother, Tinubu, you are fighting for yourself alone when your whole family is perishing. There is fire on our roof as a nation. It is unbelievable that any Yoruba man would do to his people what you are doing to our people now. You have been carrying around a video of an interview that I granted Alaroye in the campus of Obafemi Awolowo over two years ago.
"They asked me that if there was no struggle for self-determination and you want to recommend a Yoruba person for President of Nigeria, who would I recommend? And I said yes! If that is so, I would recommend Tinubu, without any hesitation.
"But that is if the times are right, the times are not right, you know, I do not endorse any Yoruba man, Tinubu or any other for any elected position, any position at all in Nigeria at this time. I stand fully and without looking back, with the Yoruba struggle for self-determination for our own country, for Yoruba nation now!
“That’s the truth of the matter. Dear Tinubu, please don’t deceive yourself. You cannot deceive our people. You think you can carry that kind of video around and deceive our people, our people are smarter than that. The world is watching you.
"Our history will judge that at a time when our nation needs to stand up and defend itself, you started to bring up an agenda. A personal agenda of your own before them. You are asking us to vote for you. We will not vote for you.
"Whether it is for the Presidency or the Senate or House of Rep or whatever, we will not vote for you. We would have taken our country out of Nigeria by then. So, we advise you now to return to your people. I am advising you now, return to your people and wash your soul clean. You are doing a thing that is unpardonable.
“Tinubu, you are destroying the Yoruba future. You are creating a legacy for yourself that your children’s children will be ashamed to know in the future. We ask you to return. You can still save yourself now and your future.
"We are determined to take our country. And I’m standing solidly with the young people who are running around trying to take their country. Oh! you might say they are fighting themselves, that’s what young people do everywhere.
"That does not mean that they don’t want their country, they want their country. And the Lord God, the creator of All Nations, has given them that country, and very soon, the Lord will deliver their country into their hands.
"Then it will be their duty to settle down and begin to do for their people the kind of government that Yoruba people have been giving to their people from the beginning of time, a government whose objective is the improvement of the life of the people of our nation.”
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