Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC) has asked the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu to respond to the allegation raised against him by the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) to the effect that he advised President Muhammadu Buhari against appointing someone from the South East to the post of Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF) ahead of 2023
The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) had accused the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Ahmed Tinubu of hypocrisy on matters concerning the unity of Nigeria.
The CNG was reacting to an article published by Tinubu on Monday, August 11 with the title “Let’s work for growth, not separation”.
Specifically, the CNG accused Tinubu of serially blocking the appointment of an Ibo as Secretary to the Government of the Federation and other sensitive positions since 2015 in view of his presidential ambition in 2023.
But the Ohanaeze Youth Council in a statement by Comrade Obinna Achionye, its Deputy President General and Mazi Okwu Nnabuike Secretary General, said the people of the South East would be mobilized to thwart the former Lagos governor’s presidential ambition if he does not come up with an explanation.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council worldwide appreciate the opportunity thrown open by the coalition of Northern groups and Arewa Youths condemning vehemently the secret sins of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and secret pact with the current SGF, Boss Mustapha to be his running mate as a Christian from the North ahead of 2023, with him Tinubu as APC presidential candidate, as the only reason for his resistance of any Igbo man to emerge as SGF in 2015 and 2019, because of his Fear that an Igbo as SGF, will stand between him and his ambition in 2023,” the statement said.
“The Igbo will be mobilized in the Southwest to thwart any ambition of Sen Ahmed Tinubu to be President 2023, if he fails to answer the questions posed to him by Coalition of Northern groups and Arewa Youths on his role in unleashing terror on the Peaceful Igbo during the 2015/2019 Presidential elections, through the Oba of threat of drowning Igbo voters inside the lagoon and the secret mobilization of OPC boys to chase away potential Igbo voters in some quarters in the South West, especially Lagos state.”
“Until Sen Ahmed Tinubu clears himself of the allegations of double standards of fighting to ensure that the Igbos are not part of President Muhammadu Buhari Government by resisting, allegedly, the plea of Northern Elders Forum for Buhari to appoint an Igbo as Secretary to the federal government in the inception of the Buhari’s regime and provocative onslaught against the Igbos through demolition of markets where Igbo dominated strongholds immediately 2015 elections especially where Igbos won Some Federal and State Legislative seats, Igbos could read the handwriting on the wall, that Tinubu’s quest for Power is what led him to champion secretly the scheming out Igbos out of President Muhammadu Buhari Government
“As the Northerners are now wiser than before 2015 where they blindly enter into political alliance with South West that solely benefitted Tinubu political dynasty,as Northerners clearly seen that Tinubu’s Presidency will divide Nigeria along Ethnic and Religious lines, As the political pact and alliance between the North and South West led by Tinubu’s crumbles, the Road is cleared for the re alignment of the North and Eastern Region becomes more feasible, and clearly seen that A Nigerian President of Igbo stock with Northern Vice President in 2023 is assured, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council worldwide Urge Igbos to embrace the North as our traditional partners as a Sitting South East Governor will Succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.”
The group said the actions of the former Lagos state governor differed from his utterances.
A statement by CNG spokesman, Abdulazeez Suleiman, said: “The comments by Tinubu only succeeded in further exposing his hypocrisy and obsession with double standards with regard to his role in causing the present high political polarization in Nigeria and the deterioration of trust in the current administration.”
It added: “While we do not envy the Asiwaju his privilege to believe he can push his ambition for the presidency at all cost, we nevertheless find it ridiculous that he still thinks he can get away with this latest rap on national growth after having stood against it for quite long.
“Tinubu’s concern for national growth was certainly missing at the inception of this administration when he vehemently stood against the formation of an inclusive government against the advice of the leadership of the Northern Elders Forum for Buhari to appoint an Igbo as Secretary to the federal government.”
The group also accused Tinubu of blocking ex-Lagos Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s re-election despite pleas from the presidency.
It also demanded that Tinubu should “explain his democratic claims and desire for growth in relation to his unilateral insistence on denying a sitting Governor Ambode of Lagos state the right to seek reelection in 2019.
“This he did despite personal efforts by President Buhari to show him that Ambode was a performing, hardworking governor. The President even sent a committee of seven governors picked across states to persuade Tinubu but he stood his ground merely for his personal interest.”
The group also claimed that he waged war against ex-Senate President Bukola Saraki and former Rivers state governor Rotimi Amaechi for standing against him being fielded as President Muhammadu Buhari’s vice-presidential candidate in the 2015 general elections.
“We finally call Tinubu’s attention to the new reality that though he might have succeeded in fooling some Nigerians sometimes in the past, he should not expect that he can fool anybody anymore,” CNG concluded.