I’m a man of courage, but I didn’t insult Tinubu — Akeredolu

Rotimi Akeredolu
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Rotimi Akeredolu Photo: DailyTrust
A former president of the Nigeria Bar Association, and now governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress APC in Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has denied making unsavory statements against the former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu.
Mr. Tinubu is a national leader of the APC.
Mr. Akeredolu said he did not insult the APC leader over the alleged imposition of candidate on the party.

In statement on Friday, Mr. Akeredolu said comments making the rounds on social media quoting him as insulting some leaders of the party were untrue.

“My attention has been drawn to some stories making the rounds especially on the social media linking me with some ridiculous comments and incendiary quotes on the purported endorsement of candidates in the governorship primary,” he said.

“Those who know my antecedents will attest to the fact that I am a  man of courage.

“For the avoidance of doubt, I did not insult any of our national leaders in APC, especially Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as quoted mischievously in the social media.”

According to him, he stood by the assurances given by the leaders of the party that there would be free and fair primary.

“What is happening in Ondo state right now is that some leaders are using the name of Asiwaju Tinubu to cause confusion; claiming that he had given them money to work for a particular aspirant,” Mr. Akeredolu said.

“Anybody doing such cannot be described as a leader. Asiwaju Tinubu’s last communication on Ondo State Governorship primary was that there will be free and fair primary.”

Mr. Akeredolu warned desperate politicians to stop causing confusion with Tinubu’s name.

On his emergence as the candidate of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in 2012 governorship election, Mr. Akeredolu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, said the present scenario was different from what occurred in 2012.

“Again, politicians are using my emergence in 2012 to justify the alleged endorsement of a particular aspirant,” he said.

“For the record, I wasn’t imposed in 2012. The ACN didn’t conduct primary in 2012. All the aspirants submitted ourselves to the selection process of the party and I was selected. Not imposed.

“Nobody bought nomination forms. We all agreed to abide by the decision of the leadership of ACN. That was exactly what happened. It was a collective decision of all leaders including serving  and former governors of the progressive family in the south west.

“It is unfair to use the 2012 scenario to justify the present situations where aspirants have obtained nomination forms.

“All said and done, I have implicit confidence in our party’s leadership to conduct credible primar,” he said.

Mr. Akeredolu urged the public  to disregard any unsavoury statement credited to him.

The crisis emanating from the endorsement has led to the sacking the Chairman of the party in the state party chairman, Isaac Kekemeke.

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  • Spoken word

    Jobless people

  • Say the truth

    You are not a man of courage or honour but a coward and a charlatan. A Senior Advocate of Nuisance. You can’t dare to talk straight or look at face of your slave master. Imposition continues.

    • Mufu Ola

      He is a cultured man.Yorubas generally are.You can learn that from him.

  • JasV

    Tinubu is not a god. Even a god of the radical islamic people can be insulted afterall it’s his terrorist followers that fight for him. The truth is that we know Tinubu in Lagos when it comes to imposition. the current iya-loja of Lagos was imposed, ther was a year when all elected llocal government, state house of reps after primaries were all removed so that only those approved by Tinubu could stand for elections. Thank God Ondo State is not Lagos State. Insult him, I join you in doing so.

    • Mufu Ola

      The man never said Tinubu is God.He only said he didn’t insult him.Or u want him to throw just decorum to the wind & start throwing insults around.Maybe that’s what you’d prefer.

    • worrior

      Tinubu is made politically as God ordained it.You will just kill urself bcos of envy and hatred of man man made by God.

      • paul irumundomon

        This is why they use you people like commodities. Tinubu and ebori, were both worse Nigerians overseas, tarnishing our good names. They both ran to Nigeria, were made gods by nigerians to destroy Nigeria the economy and her people. Your statement is very painful to read.

        Before tinubu gets into politics, he went to school in illinois, why lie about the school you spent four years, to graduate, which was enough to disqualify him, if Nigeria was a country.

  • olutade

    Before casting the first vote, they have lost the election.

  • olowoyojoel

    Join the discussion…lol

  • olowoyojoel

    we are a cultured people unlike baby factory children who can just insult anybody. Akeredolu is a respectable person just as Tinubu is. there was no reason for either to disrespect the other.

  • paul irumundomon

    What if he does, the world will only end around tinubu.

  • Truth Justice Equity

    It baffles me how a generation that boasts of being first in every thing should allow themselves to be remote controlled by a man whose only qualification was that Yoruba elders who gathered in Ibadan in 1998 gave him the chance to rule Lagos for 8 years and thereafter he so looted Lagos that he became richer then the state of Lagos within 8years of his governorship. Thiefinubus paternity is suspect,state of origin is suspect, educational qualification is suspect,his morality is suspect, his mental alertness is a matter of debate and his health status is a matter for debate.
    What then qualified thiefinubu to become the god of yorubats? It is either that yorubats have no ideology or that they are morally bankrupt people to be led by the nose like a horse by a shaky shaky master simply because he confiscated their patrimony to himself alone and deploys same to rule over them .what a shame that a man will stay in Lagos to give instructions to ondo people on how they should elect their governor and yet the same ondo people shall come out to see themselves as an intelligent and a proud people.what a shame what a people. Ondo people should take lessons from my rivers people who put amaechi to shame and anambra people who put ubas and obj to shame and ekiti people who put tinubu and fayemi to shame to reclaim their prides and dignities. How could a slave turn to an oba God forbid. Akeredolu you are not what you are claiming you are.